Introduction to Contemporary Embroidery and Stitching (April 2024)
Finnish American Folk School

Introduction to Contemporary Embroidery and Stitching (April 2024)

Regular price $200.00

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, 2024
Jutila Center Fiber Studio
Instructor: Heather Hietala
Class fee: $200
Materials fee: $35 (payable by check or cash at workshop)
Registration opens: Monday, February 26
Registration closes: March 25 or when sold out

Call 906-370-3722 or email for more information

This class will introduce traditional embroidery stitches and innovative ways of using them in a contemporary approach, much akin to drawing or mark making. This class is about learning and exploring stitching/embroidery. Stitches will be learned, practiced, and personalized. Embroidery and stitching can add a sense of the physical, of the decorative, the narrative or simply be marks that are intentional and capture a sense of time. Using a variety of cloth, we will embroider sampler pages where you will begin to develop a personal stitch vocabulary. These pages will be bound into a book at the end of the workshop. These techniques demand some hand strength and coordination. This class is open to adult students only.

The $35 materials fee for this class includes: fabrics for pages and book cover, felt, embroidery needles, needle grabbers, embroidery threads, embroidery winders, waxed linen, photocopies, floss. Prismacolor pencils and book needles will also be available for use during workshop.

Students must bring:

12″ ruler

journal for note taking and favorite pen

small sharp embroidery scissors (instructor likes the small Fiskars micro-tip)

headlamp or small table lamp and extension cord if you like light close at hand

any favorite embroidery threads and tools such a thimble etc. that you already have, you do not need to purchase any

Heather Allen Hietala is a studio artist in Asheville, NC. Heather’s architectural wall textiles have been exhibited internationally and published in Fiberarts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, American Craft Magazine, Fiberart Design Book 5,6 & 7 and International Textile Design among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has taught and lectured throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Nepal and Thailand. She has published numerous articles on textiles, textile artist and creative journaling and wrote Weaving Contemporary Rag Rugs. Her work is numerous public and private collections including the Racine Art Museum, Asheville Art Museum, and Greg Museum of art and Design among others. Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC and Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield, Ontario represents her work.

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