This class is part of Lauren Yeager’s Stitch Builders series, which is perfect for both beginning and intermediate stitchers. In each class, students will spend the day practicing 8 different embroidery stitches as they create a sampler to showcase what they’ve learned. The January session will cover some of the most frequently used stitches, including:
- Stem stitch
- Satin and Padded Satin stitch
- Basic Chain stitch with variations
- French Knot
- Fly stitch with variations
- Trellis stitch with variations
- Button hole stitch
- Palastrina Knot
The Stitch Builders series will also 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.
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 worked as a senior educator for the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design before independently launching Elba Embroidery. 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.