Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 3-7, 2015

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


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Behold Thy Beauty

Instructor: Jackie du Plessis
Class Details
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Vivid and vibrant silk fiber colors are used to stitch a botanical composition on a removable platform-shaped pincushion cover. The cover is attached to an expanding linen accordion squeeze bag. This bag is lined with beautiful silk and features a drawstring top. Turn this ribbon-embellished cover over to find the tiny stitched linen bars and storage pockets.

This functional and feminine cover rests neatly on top of the handcrafted wood base, allowing access to the silken drawstring pouch inside the flattened linen squeeze bag. To access the interior, take Behold Thy Beauty in hand and gently pull the four sets of linen floral-patterned stitched bands apart. This expansion doubles the storage capacity of the squeeze bag. Inside this beautiful floral bag, you will find delicate stitched botanical-theme accessories, including a needle booklet, a thimble pocket, and a scissors minder.

The projectís handcrafted wood birdís eye frame measures 3 1/4" x 2". There are four sets of sampler bands worked on the bag body. The inside and bottom panels of Behold Thy Beauty will be adorned with flowers and a personalization area. Stitches used are 18th- and 19th-century sampler stitches. Kit will include all materials needed to stitch and assemble the project, including 34-count Legacy linen, silk fibers, silk ribbons, buttons, detailed stitch instructions and charts, a needle and finishing materials.

Class pieces include squeeze bag, needle booklet, scissors minder and thimble pocket. Class will focus on specialty stitches on linen, preparing linen for assembly and finishing concepts. Class will also cover methods such as making a platform pincushion, shaping the cover and adding linen, creating a drawstring bag that attaches to prepared linen panels, creating a base and attaching all to a frame base, backing the stitched accordion squeeze bag with silk fabric, creating drawstrings by making use of ribbon and fiber, attaching buttons and the assembly of smalls.

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