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Announcing: Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing Essentials - stumpwork projects suitable for beginners and beyond from Marsha Papay Gomola

Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing EssentialsWould you like a good grounding in the basics of stumpwork? Or perhaps you'd like a project that introduces you to some new techniques but doesn't take a lifetime to complete? Shining Needle Society's stumpwork expert, Marsha Papay Gomola, has a pair of sewing accessories that will introduce you some basic stumpwork padding and stitching skills and the end result is a pair of very useful (and beautiful) sewing accessories for your stitching bag.

In just four lessons, you'll create these sewing projects and you'll be ready for more complex projects. If you've ever wondered about trying the raised embroidery technique known as "stumpwork," here is a chance to learn the techniques with a very talented teacher. I've taken several face-to-face classes with Marsha, as well as her online classes with Shining Needle Society, and I've been VERY impressed with her ability to guide students through these complex-looking techniques. Her use of "step by step" photographs really does show you just what stitches go where and how to accomplish these dimensional embroideries.

Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing Essentials -- from Marsha:

Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing Essentials      Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing Essentials

Be sure to click on each of the photos to see them large and up close.

"The Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing Essentials were designed to be a travel kit for sewers.  When I am going to the Doctor, having my car repaired, or traveling, the first thing I do is pack something to sew.  I always need needles, scissors, maybe pins, and a needle threader.  The essentials that I mentioned are all stored in this set.  Embroidery scissors are in a pocket with a fob that opens to reveal needle pages and a pocket for a threader.  Pins are stored around the fob like a pinwheel.  The perfect small set for travel.”

GoldfinchThe class will accomplish several goals:
- First, it will give the beginner student experience with the use of padding.   The birds and thistle bases are heavily padded.
- Second, it demonstrates the use of silk shading.   Silk shading is often found in the flat areas of the historic pieces.  It gives movement and depth to the embroidery. 
- Third, it demonstrates the combining of counted thread with surface embroidery.

Lesson plan (4 lessons):

  1. The first lesson will concentrate on the counted work. When the counted work is complete the student will mark the linen with the design for the surface work.
  2. Lesson two will begin the surface embroidery.
  3. Lesson three will concentrate on the two birds. Detailed pictures of the birds and the steps taken to create them will be included in the instructions.
  4. The final lesson will be the finishing.

Techniques: Emphasis will be placed on the use of padding for the birds and thistle, silk shading, and Marsha’s method for creating the realistic markings on the birds and the finishing techniques.  The stitches used in the design include backstitch, blanket stitch, cross stitch over one thread, French knots, Montenegrin Stitch, couching, lattice couching,  long and short,   pistil, satin, stem, whipped stem, raised stem, and turkey work.

chickadeeDetailed instructions and LOTS of pictures of every step will make it easy for you to create this charming pair. The finished size of the scissors pocket is 4 3/4" x 2 3/4" and the fob is 3 1/4" x 3 1/4". Both pieces are stitched on 34-ct. Legacy Linen in Café Au Lait. Legacy Linen is a very high quality linen with lots of natural body, which makes it a pleasure to stitch on.

Kit contains: Anchor six stranded cottons, Weeks Dye Works six stranded cotton, The Gentle Art six stranded cotton, YLI silk floss, Londonderry Linen 30/3 Accentuate Metallic, Silk N Colors, Au Ver A Soie Soie Perlee, hoop, muslin, felt, Legacy Linen 34-ct Café’-au-Lait, needles, all finishing materials, Mill Hill glass beads, Gold Spangles size F4, and detailed instructions.

Student's Supplies: Embroidery scissors and paper scissors.

Skill level: Basic intermediate.


Registration open now through November 22, 2014.

willbe shipped mid-December, but class will begin in January due to the holiday season.

Class begins January 12 and runs for approximately 2 months, ending March 15, 2015. There will be 4 lessons, one every two weeks and then time to finish up. The classroom will remain open for at least a year.


Goldfinch and Chickadee Sewing Essentials - online class and supplies, US domestic postage: $140

If you have taken this class previously with Marsha, you are welcome to audit this class for $40

Please note the Ohio residents will also be charged for Ohio State Sales Tax (6.5%).


International postage is also available -- just email Marsha at LadybugCr@aol.com for your particular situation. Postage has gone up tremendously internationally.

If you want to use a different email address for the class, please note that in the comments section.

If you would prefer to pay by check, please send an email to Marsha at: LadybugCr@aol.com and Marsha will email you the appropriate invoice.