Foundations Class with Megan Smith @Strawberryneedlepoint
This class can be virtual or in the store.
Needlepoint Foundations (3 hours)
Not just for beginners. Yes, we will go over basics but we also answer a lot of tricky questions such as “why does my basketweave look “stripey?” and more.
The end goal is that everyone who leaves the class feels confident to complete a basic to advanced basic project.
Needlepoint Foundations Class Description:
This workshop focuses on the foundational aspects of needlepoint. It is perfect for the beginner stitcher and advanced stitcher alike. Or, anyone wanting a refresher on the proper techniques for needlepoint. During this three hour workshop, we learn the whys and the hows of needlepoint, ranging from the topic of stretcher bars (yes! we will learn how to put them together!), selecting the proper needle size for both canvas mesh sizes commonly used in needlepoint and why it matters, the various anchoring techniques and deciding the best way to tie off, and determining where on the canvas start with tent stitches and in which direction to stitch. In addition to the techniques to successfully start stitching, we will also discuss the different types of threads used in needlepoint, how to properly stitch them and practice using the proper tools. We will also learn about continental and basketweave and addressing the pesky problems ("stripey look," ridges, and air pockets) and how to solve them as well as cultivating habits to stitch your best basketweave.
Supplies for Needlepoint Basics:
2 sets of 9" stretcher bars (still in packaging)
9X9 13 mesh canvas taped with a size 18 and 20 needle inserted (provided by store.)
8 brass tacks
Threads: one non-strandable thread (Size 5 Perle Cotton), pliable thread (DMC floss works or a splendor), Neon Rays, a krienik (**Note: it helps to have these colors coordinate)
Stands, Laying Tool and Corjak Kits.
9:30 - 12:30