Thursday, June 12, 2008


Inside of portfolio
Close up of the punch needle embroidered center piece
Open portfolio

This book is what I have on my blog banner. I really love it and will be teaching how to make it on June 22, 2008 at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa. Here is the class description and materials list: FYI- Click on the photos to get a REALLY good look!

We will be making a beautiful book like portfolio to hold sewing tools and needles or any precious treasures you may have. You will learn how to make a simple fabric covered book with binding and signatures (pages), simple embroidery, some ribbon roses and easy tassels! The center piece was made using miniature punch needle embroidery and we will go over that for those who are interested however if you already have a punch needle embroidered piece that you would like to use, please bring it or any other appliqué that might work. We will also go over how to felt your own wool squares at home. This is a process oriented class, however you might be able to finish this book in class depending on your experience. To make your time in class more efficient come with a theme or color scheme in mind.

Materials List:

Sewing needles, tapestry needles and beading needles
1/2 yard pre-felted wool or something like it
1/4 yard regular wool
1/2 yard for inside cover and pages…I used a cotton floral print
a few yards of ribbon like velvet, specialty and rayon for trim, tassels and ribbon flowers~1/8 to 1/4 inch wide
11x17 sheet (approx) of plastic needle point canvas for the book covers
1/4 yard stiff needle point canvas
beads, buttons, antique trim, small doilies, old jewelry bits

Optional :
Punch needle, size small or medium
14 or 18 count aida or weavers cloth, 10x10 at least
several colors embroidery or craft floss (I highly recommend black as a staple)
5 “ embroidery hoop
Image for your needle punch design (I used my own drawing). There are kits you can buy with images on the aida cloth.

For those of you who have never been to Piecemakers it's a real treat. They have wonderful energy and it truly is a haven of creativity. It's HUGE with lots of fun things to buy and classes to take. Lunch is served on the premises with a donation.
Class time: 10a-3:30p, $55 includes instruction and hand out. All levels are welcome, as long as you can use a needle and thread. No sewing machine required. There are a couple spots left. Call now for your spot! 714-641-3112


[Charlene] said...

This is such a clever project. I have admired your blog banner for some time, and now I see it is this wonderful project. Thanks so much for sharing the photos and information. I'm totally inspired to make something similar!

Steph said...

Cool portfolio, your students are going to have fun!

Funky Finds said...

I'd like to invite you to list your upcoming classes, etc. on my new site Funky Town!


kecia said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. your blog's name is awesome (and so is your banner!) i love the book you made. wish i could come take a class with you - they look fun. (sadly, i am in NJ!)