* All classes feature original designs by Michele Crawford for Flower Box Quilts
* These handwork classes are technique classes, and students will not necessarily complete the project in class.

* Hire Michele to teach for your group, guild or show.

Introduction to Counted Cross Stitch

> Skill level: Beginner
> Class length: 2 hours
Michele will present a brief overview of types of counted cross materials (Aida, linen, etc.); books/patterns; and pre-made products that are available to use with counted cross stitch. A small trunk show of completed counted cross stitch products will also be presented for inspiration! Michele will teach the basic stitches along with individual attention to students while stitching the “I Love To Sew” design that will be put in a 3″ round acrylic frame with a magnet. * All students will need to purchase a kit for this class.

Log Cabin Christmas Ornaments

> Skill level: Beginner (must be able to sew an accurate 1/4″ seam on a sewing machine)
> Class length: 3 hours (handwork is done in class while the project is finished with a sewing machine at home)
What about cross stitching a quilt block instead of piecing? Michele will teach the basic counted cross stitch stitches to complete the 3″ square design (6 quilt block choices in the pattern). After the students complete the cross stitched quilt block, Michele will demonstrate how to sew a simple log cabin border (students will complete this step at home) to complete the 5″ square ornament top; how to hand quilt the ornament; and how to bind it.  * All students will need to purchase a kit for this class.

Seasonal Mini Quilt

> Skill level: Beginner (must be able to sew an accurate 1/4″ seam on a sewing machine)
> Class length: 6 hours
For those students who like to do counted cross stitch and quilting, this is a perfect class! Michele will teach counted cross stitch first to those who need to learn this technique. After the students complete the cross stitch part; a simple border with be sewn on to complete the 11 1/2″ square quilt top; the quilt will be machine quilted in the ditch; and a binding sewn on. Michele will teach how to create a raw edge fusible design; and then how to either machine or hand applique. The guild can choose which month’s design they would like Michele to teach as there is one design for each month of the year (only January > June are shown here). * All students will need to purchase a kit (which includes a pattern for 6 months) for this class.

Waste Not – Want Not: An Introduction to using Waste Canvas

> Skill level: Advanced Beginner (will be helpful if students know how to cross stitch already)
> Class length: 3 hours
Using waste canvas is a FUN way to sew a counted cross stitch design on a favorite shirt! Waste canvas is a water soluble stitching grid product so a counted cross stitch design can be stitched on a variety of products (towel, sweat shirt, pocket, etc.). Michele will present a short power point presentation of  projects that have been stitched using waste canvas; and a small trunk show of projects for inspiration! Michele will teach the basic stitches to students  who will be stitching a heartfelt message on a feed sack towel (which could also be used as the center of a pillow). * All students will need to purchase a kit for this class.

What IS Chicken Scratch?

> Skill level: Beginner
> Class length: 3 hours
Chicken scratch is a type of counted cross stitch popular in the the 1930’s to 1950’s, and primarily stitched on gingham fabrics (and now on large dotted fabrics). It is characterized by 3 main types of hand embroidery stitched: running stitch, cross stitch, and a double cross stitch. These stitches are used to decorate different items such as pillows, place mats, cushions, aprons, and even clothing. Michele will present a short power point presentation of  chicken scratch projects for inspiration! Since this is a technique class, students will learn to stitch the basic stitches to create the hearts as shown. * All students will need to purchase a kit for this class.

Floral Tea Towel

> Skill level: Advanced Beginner
> Class length: 3 hours

Some people refer to hand applique as the “A” word, but Michele will teach you that hand embroidery can be FUN, and a super “take along” project! Michele will teach you how to create a raw edge fusible design that is then centered, and fused to a 20″ x 28″ cotton towel. Students will learn how to sew a buttonhole stitch using embroidery floss around each fused shape, and along the bottom of the towel. A long straight stitch is used across the rick rack to secure; and buttons are added for embellishment. * All students will need to purchase a kit for this class.

Wool Felt Ornaments

Skill level: Beginner
> Class length: 3 hours

Working with wool felt is a FUN and easy way to complete a hand embroidery project! Michele will teach you how to use freezer paper to make templates for this project (6 quilt block choices in the pattern); and use a water soluble glue for “basting”. Learn how to sew a buttonhole stitch with embroidery floss to applique the quilt design, and to sew the 5″ square together.  The completed project can be used as a coaster or if a ribbon hanger is added, then it’s an ornament! Tips and techniques on working with wool felt or wool will be discussed.
* All students will need to purchase a kit for this class.