Encore of May Your Hands: September 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Encore Course Length: 6 months
Encore Course Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2013
Encore Course Commencement: September 1st, 2013
Monthly Fee: Six monthly payments of $47.50
One Time Fee: one payment of $285.00
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The story behind this course is a set of classes developed around a well-known grouping of samplers from Newburyport, Massachusetts. I had been talking to Betsy Krieg Salm for years about her research and work on a particular form of schoolgirl art. This form was using ink and watercolor to decorate figured wooden boxes, tables and small items such as threadwinders. We decided to take an early 19th century sampler from a region where this technique was taught and both interpret it in our media for a class. The sampler selected was from the grouping called the "Shady Bower" group from the turn of the 19th century. Betsy produced a lovely box and I two sets of needlework accessories that would pair with the box. The needlework is characterized by a combination of both counted stitches and surface embroidery stitches.
The aim of the course is to study the use of filament silk and how to use it in surface embroidery to fully achieve its potential. The course pieces are worked on a tight 40-count ground fabric that works well for both counted and surface work. The course projects include the three larger 'books', a pinpad, scissors fob, emery, thimble holder, and waxer pocket with acorn waxer.
While Betsy's health no longer allows her to commit to make the original box, there may be opportunities to purchase pieces of her work that coordinate with the course project. During the duration of the course, students will have advance notice and ability to purchase them before the general public.
Size: Needlebook size is 4" x 2.5"
Kit Contents: 40ct. hand-dyed linen, eleven colors of Au Ver a Soie Soie Paris threads, silk ribbons in two colors and two sizes, silk finishing fabrics, doctor's cloth, ultrasuede, skirtex, muslin, pellon, batt, emery, floss, all other finishing materials, and acorn waxer. The kits will be sent in two mailings. The first, a stitching kit, during the month of September. The second, a finishing kit, during the month of January.
Instructions and History: There are 93 pages of downloadable PDF instructions for the projects which include pictures of the pieces and finishing in process. The history sections total 114 pages of text and pictures of Newburyport samplers from museums and private collections. The history sections are print only during the course.
Note: If you have previously taken one of the two sets of projects, please contact me for individualized pricing to complete your set during this course.