Monday, April 30, 2012

Quilters Paradise - Clovis CA

I am home for a couple of days so hope to catch up on all my travels.
Early in April I headed to sunny California to teach at Quilters Paradise in Clovis. I taught two classes, a one day class embellishing my Sew Your Seeds NeedleKeeper and a two day class appliquéing and embellishing my Pomegranate Table Rug . 

The students enthusiastically worked with ribbon stems attaching them with various couched stitches, velvet leaves and needle turn appliqué.

We also used a variety of stitches using different threads and beads to make each piece unique.

I only use 5 different needles for handwork and always have a needle case on hand to store each variety on a different page. I also suggest that my students make a little label for each page. This helps to keep them in order until they become familiar with the needles and there uses.

We used a variety of textural fabrics for the background of the Table Rug adding ribbons and cottons for texture.

Many students used our ribbons for the stems adding color and variety to each piece.

It was fun to have two day class as each student had time to start embellishing with stitches. We used many different threads each adding different textures.

Fron here I travelled to Sierra Guild in the Foothills.
Happy Stitching


  1. A couple of questions now that I might be getting serious about trying this. You machine sew the backing pieces together, right? Does it get bulky? And can you do a post on the needles you use and for what? I just saw you in Cincinnati and bought the package you put together and listened when you explained it all to me, but can't remember now. Help. Thanks.

  2. Hi Sue!
    your colors are delicious...they make my heart sing and dance! I love all of the different embroidery techniques ~ they add such dimension and flavor to our handwork. I am a fan yours from 'way back' and love how you have evolved...would love to take a class with you, will you ever consider coming to Virginia? I have a small sop/studio here on the farm and would love to have you teach here with us ~

    Blessed be!
    Lori from Notforgotten Farm

  3. Me gusta mucho vuestro estilo! Es maravilloso... Felicidades!!

  4. Beautiful!Amazing to see how many different ideas everyone comes up with!!!
    Sue,I am still in awe of the beautiful work you showed me last night!I think it needs to be in a Museum!!!!!!!!!
    I hope you got some rest!

  5. Ohhhhh, very nice. You have enjoyed

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  7. Like a dream,your blog is very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!Ciao Luisa

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  9. Such beautiful work, looks like you all had a very fun time! Can't wait until you are with us in November here in Santa Barbara. Cathe

  10. Dear friend, I love your Dr. Seuss colors and imagination!

    It's setting me free, just looking at them!!

    Hallelujah 🌞