This class is part of Lauren Yeager’s 6-part Stitch Builders series. Students can choose between the “Contemporary Flower” abstract design or “Traditional Flower” fuchsia design. The technique is the same for either option and both designs will cover the following stitches:
- raised stem band
- stem stitch
- pistil stitch
- needle-woven picot
- wheatear stitch
- coral knot stitch
- long-and-short stitch
The Stitch Builders series will introduce you to foundational embroidery skills such as how to thread the needle, how to start and end your threads, and how to use an embroidery hoop. You will have the opportunity to practice stitching with four different kinds of threads: wool, cotton, metallic, and silk. In addition to the fabric for the finished design, you will be provided with a “doodle cloth” for practicing your embroidery stitches.
This series consists of six different classes. Each one has a different subject matter (e.g. Animal, Flower, Building), a traditional design or a contemporary design. The two designs will be taught at the same time based on students’ kit choice. You can take as many of the classes as you like and in any order that you wish. You will learn eight different stitches in each class, or a total of 48 stitches if you take all six!
Lauren Yeager is a textile artist with a particular interest in studying and preserving traditional garments and embroidery. This led her to studying with the Royal School of Needlework in the UK, and later with the Japanese Embroidery Center and Ecole Lesage as well. She has a BFA in Fashion Design from Columbia College in Chicago, and has received multiple awards for construction and design in costume and in hand embroidery, including the DCASE individual artist grant from the City of Chicago.
Most recently, Lauren has worked as a senior educator for the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design. Previously, Lauren was a production assistant for visual artist Nick Cave in his Chicago studio, building soundsuits for museum installations and private collections. She has extensive experience as a freelance artist, assisting in costume production for various performances and competitions.