Stitching for Spain: Improvisational Embroidery on Wool

In March I’m teaching two classes for the Asociación Española de Patchwork in Spain. This festival of fiber art is held in the lovely city of Sitges on the Mediterranean Sea or as I like to call it the Med.

In the class Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool or Bordado a Mano Sobre Lana students create a densely hand-embroidered vignette on wool fabric with colorful embroidery threads. This class is all about making line, texture, pattern, and stitch combinations with thread to create a personal story. I can hardly wait to see what they make!

Stitching for Spain- Mi Casa

Teahouse by Laura Wasilowski

I’ve made a lot of casas in my time. So many, that I now qualify as a major homebuilder. Occasionally, I make a teahouse just to change things up a bit. This one is made with felt fabric and lots of stitchery.

Which brings me to the class I’m teaching for the Asociación Española de Patchwork in March is called Mi Casa es Su Casa. In this class students create a cozy little house with felt fabrics and add embroidery stitches to decorate their composition. Each student receives a kit of colorful wool/acrylic felt, needles, hand-dyed threads, and a booklet of embroidery stitch diagrams. They will have enough felt to make a whole house development. And I know they are going to have fun building their own casas!

Stitching for Spain: Mi Casa

I’m back in the saddle again! One of the classes I’m teaching for Asociación Española de Patchwork in March is called Mi Casa es Su Casa. We are creating tiny homes using colorful felt fabrics with lots of hand embroidery.

Which means I have to make up lots of thread kits for my students. The kit of thread contains my hand-dyed size 8 pearl cotton threads like these as well as an array of felt fabric colors.

I’m placing a sampler of each thread colorway onto thread rings for my students’ kits. This counting of threads and attaching them on the rings is best done in front of a television screen while watching an engrossing movie.

True, I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately but I am looking forward to what the students create with the threads. It will be worth it!