For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .







''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007







Saturday, October 1, 2011

buttons and more buttons....





I've bitten the bullet again! Another course.....addicted, who me? Well yes actually. My six week ''embroider, embellish, create'' class is drawing to a close and I am going to miss it so much. I like to think we have had a blast, a positively worthwhile experience for everyone. I would have gone straight into running it again had I not been due to go away for two weeks in November, so that one will be run again in the New Year. I am still taking names too so just drop me a line if that's the one you want and your name will be added to one of the many lists I am sure to lose between now and then.
In the meantime, my schedule, get me..schedule!! as if...
My calendar tells me that I can fit in a three week course before I go away so here it is, I give you 
''buttons and more''.
A three week course, commencing October 10 which will enable you to create unique, hand made ''sew on'' buttons using eight different embroidery techniques. Some techniques demonstrated are suitable for beginners, others for those with a little more experience. There is no compulsion on you to use every technique. Take what you wish from the demonstrations and use the stitches and manipulation methods in your own way. Also demonstrated will be the technique used to enable your embroidery to be transformed into brooches. Your creations will be ideal as Christmas Gifts or as added embellishment for your own work. All techniques demonstrated are transferable for use in other embroidery projects, not only will you have a wonderful collection of buttons or brooches but you will learn skills that can be used again and again in your own work.
Learning resources will be delivered in blog format and will include the use of video demonstration and PDF documents. A dedicated flickr group will be available for you to share your creativity with your peers and receive feedback from me on your work.
Access to the class blog will be by invitation only and password protected. You will receive the relevant information regarding this when you have signed up for the course.
The course blog and all resources hosted there will be available to you until December 24. PDF documents are downloadable and printable.
Images used in this listing are for descriptive purposes only. You will not necessarily create the same buttons and brooches that are shown here. I am hoping that you take the work in a personal direction, manipulating any techniques you learn into creations which are unique to you.

So there you have it, all the information you may need. If you are interested you can register over here. If you are not interested, well that's OK too....
have a lovely Saturday.

18 comments:

jennyflower said...

Me please! xx

Postcards from Wildwood said...

¡Adelante, Karen! as we say in Spanish ... Go for it! I'm so pleased you've started to do these courses and that they have so far gone down so well. This one isn't for me but there is one you referred to a little while back that I will be sure to sign up for - paper and cloth. No hurry, but I will look forward to it.
Happy Saturday!
xx

deanna7trees said...

I'm in, of course. so happy that you enjoyed teaching this last class as much as I did taking it. hope this is the beginning of many more classes.

Suztats said...

Beautiful buttons, Karen. I'll be on another course then. darn. Maybe in the New Year? I'm sure it'll be fabulous.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello from Michigan.

WOW, you are now given classes, how exciting for you and your students. I am sure you students will be thrilled with your classes.

Your buttons are very unique I am so happy to have a couple of them in my collection. I actually learned how to crochet buttons this past Summer while being absent from blogging. Pics on my blog if you would like to have a look. Happy Autumn. Hugs Judy

Emmy said...

I will go for this to loved your class

Coach Tina said...

I am in! Thanks again for offerring another course

Rachel said...

You've got seriously keen on this course-running, haven't you!

Tammie said...

how wonderful that you are doing this! my plate is overflowing with drawing and painting classes. If you continue to do classes, I can only imagine that I will take one sometime in the future.

Doreen G said...

I'm heading straight over to register :))

Pots and Pins said...

Hi Karen! I'm so glad you sent me a "mistake!" Then I could be reminded to come and take a peek at all of your wonderful and amazing work! I would definitely sign up for your class if I could! Why not come to Seattle and teach a class here? I'll put you up and sign up all my friends! Seriously! Next time you're in THIS neck of the woods let's do that! Good luck with your class - it all sounds so fun! xo, Nan

avomeri said...

Hope I'm in time and understood well: the class is on-line :)
I'm too tired that sometimes it's hard reading English ...
I hope my finger is already well when class start
xx Meri

Flaming Nora said...

I am mulling it over. I would really like to join in, but the last week clashes with the half term holiday.AAARg what to do? A decision shall be made soon. Or not!

Sheep Rustler said...

This is online and not necssary to do in 'real time', right? So I could so it from the other side of theworld? If so I would be very interested! (Because I don't have enough calls on my time as it is, you know...)

Flaming Nora said...

Hi me again. I've been locked out of my e-mail account for some unknown reason. So replying here. I agree about my skills level, but am feeling I need to do something to focus my mind and I don't get much of a chance to do hand sewing these days. All depends on my work schedule. I'll let you know. Never too old to learn something new. J x

MosaicMagpie said...

Oh my!!!! What a wonderful looking class. I have signed up for a 6 week class that begins the 12th. It is labor intensive and I am trying to make things for 2 craft shows.....otherwise Girlie I would be on the front row for this class. Please, offer it again after your class in January!!!Please!
Deb

Mary said...

If you are trying to make up your mind about taking a class with Karen, just do it. You won't regret it! Best thing about taking a course like this over the internet is meeting people from around the world that you would never have the opportunity to meet otherwise!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm definitely interested, but too over-committed at the moment to sign up. Keeping fingers crossed you will offer it again after the stitching class you're giving after Christmas.