Events

NEWS FOR ARTISTS & STITCHERS

FEATURED CLASS

BASICS OF HARDANGER EMBROIDERY – 3 sessions on consecutive Saturdays Sept. 23, 30, Oct 7 from 10 am to 12 noon. Fee: $60 plus $31.50 kit and basic embroidery supplies. Instructor Donna M. Olson.  Donna’s designs evolved from student requests and class needs for teaching the various traditional stitches of this Norwegian needle art form. New to embroidery or experienced stitchers find her tips/hints of value in making their finished embroidery neat and clean both front and back. This perfection style of stitching is most satisfying to the dedicated embroiderer. Donna learned this needlework from the Norwegian women of Stoughton who learned from their mothers and grandmothers. Class time will focus on practice of the various techniques and set up/stitching of a doily.

DESIGNER OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER – ALL CHARTS WITH BLACK BIRDS. This means that charts with black birds, crows or ravens will be discounted 20% during the month of September, and we encourage our customers to bring in completed pieces for display.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS – POURED ACYRLICS, BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE DIMENSIONAL EMBROIDERY, HARDANGER EMBROIDERY, PORTRAIT PAINTING, PASTEL INTERPRETATIONS, ALCOHOL INKS

POURED ACRYLIC CLASS – Friday, September 15 from 2 to 5 pm.  Fee $55 includes materials. Instructor: Katie Butler.   Poured painting allows the artist to break outside of the meticulous nature of other styles and just sit back and enjoy the magical nature of paint. In this class we will discuss the various mediums, additives and supplies needed to be successful. We will also review multiple techniques including hand pouring, dirty pours, double pours and swashes. Students will have the opportunity to complete two pieces in class and will go home with a printed guide that includes paint mix recipes and all the class information.

BEGINNING DIMENSIONAL EMBROIDERY – SPRING WREATH –  S3 sessions on consecutive Tuesdays, September 19, 26 and October 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Fee: $60 + Kit and basic embroidery supplies. Instructor: Judy Caruso.   While easy enough for beginners with its basic dimensional embroidery stitches, more advanced stitchers will also find this design is fun to stitch. Stitches taught include stem stitch, alternating satin stitch, leaf, bullion, French knot, couching, cast-on, pistil and detached buttonhole. The kit for the class comes with directions, fabric with the design printed on it, all the threads and needles required to complete the design.

BASICS OF HARDANGER EMBROIDERY – 3 sessions on consecutive Saturdays Sept. 23, 30, Oct 7 from 10 am to 12 noon. Fee: $60 plus $31.50 kit and basic embroidery supplies. Instructor Donna M. Olson. (SEE FEATURED CLASS)

PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP – Monday, October 2, 9 (skip October 16), 23 and 30 from 1 to 4 pm Fee: $140 + materials. Instructor: Vera Nikorov, BFA, MFA, MED.   Examples of Vera’s work at www.veranikiforov.com.  Vera will introduce you to portrait painting in your choice of acrylics or oils. You will discover the glorious textures you can achieve while painting a portrait during these four three-hour sessions. You will start by copying a color photograph of a portrait enlarged to fit a small stretched canvas. Demonstrations and discussions will cover the basics of color mixing, painting techniques and composition. All levels are welcome with instruction tailored to individual needs.

INTERMEDIATE DIMENTIONAL EMBROIDERY – 3 sessions on consecutive Tuesdays October 10, 17 and 24 from 6 to 8 pm Fee: $60 + materials. Instructor: Judy Caruso.  The class features the beautiful purple and pink flowers in the Summer Blooms Wreath. The clematis, lantana, primula, fire pink, aster and wisteria flowers are adorned with beads and Kreinik braid. A charming honey bee can also be seen approaching the lantana flowers. Stitches include single, double and knotted double cast-on; stem, stacked stem and wrapped stem; alternating satin stitch and raised closed herringbone leaves; French knot; lazy daisy; straight stitch; bullion; and cast-on drizzle.

PASTEL INTERPRETATIONS – Friday, October 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. Fee: $70 + materials. Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet. See examples of Kay’s work at www.kaybrathol-hostvet.com.   Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and perfect for learning different painting techniques. We’ll do three or four different interpretations from the same reference photo. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others; you will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. A repeatable workshop for beginner to advanced levels; beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. Supply list available at Lynn’s

INTRODUCTION TO ALCOHOL INKS – Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 4 pm. Fee: $35 Instructor:Katie Butler.   Alcohol Inks are one of the newest mediums to hit the art community. They apply and blend in unique and fascinating ways. Their versatility and vibrant colors allow artists endless variety of techniques for expressing imagination and creativity. The techniques learned in this class are appropriate for individuals who have no art experience and are also valuable for seasoned artists in any medium. We will discuss how to choose inks, which to use for different projects and how to work on a variety of surfaces including Yupo paper. Students will gain hands on experience as they learn step-by-step techniques and create simple projects in class. We will discuss practical applications for art journaling backgrounds, Zentangle Art tiles, Copic marker painting, abstract dreamscaping and alcohol ink painting. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary to attend.

MONTHLY EVENTS

STITCHERS’ CLUBWednesday, October 4 from 1 to 2:30 pm and from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Stitchers’ club meets the first Wednesday of each month. Please register in advance. Fee for each session is $5.

STITCH-IN –  There will be STITCH-IN Saturday, September 16, Wednesday, September 27 all 10 am to 5 pm. Come-and-go gathering for all on the third Saturday and the fourth Wednesday of every month. No fee or registration required.

PAINT-IN All Thursdays in September and October from 10 am to 1 pm.   The Paint-in is an open work time for oil, acrylic or watercolor painting. This activity is held most every Thursday in Lynn’s classroom. We have installed a high efficiency exhaust fan in our classroom to provide a healthier environment for those using oil paints and others concerned about the fumes. No fee or registration required.

Pictures of some of the class projects and other work by our teachers are posted on our website Gallery page.  For more information about classes call the store at 608-274-1442.

Hardanger embroidery - Donna Olson

Portrait - Vera Nikiforov

Portrait Painting Workshop taught by Vera Nikiforov