Kelly Clark Sampler Class in Philly

Rittenhouse Needlepoint (1216 Arch St., #2A) will have a class from June 15 to 21 with Kelly Clark on this amazing sampler. Here’s how they describe it, “Kelly Clark’s Six-Day “My Favorite Things” Needlepoint Sampler Class at Rittenhouse Needlepoint promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Kelly explains the origin of the piece in her introduction to the stitch guide. She cites a stumpwork sampler that she came across that featured nature-inspired motifs as her inspiration for “My Favorite Things.” She loved the idea of doing a sampler that would feature nature in stumpwork so she took a large piece of 18 count canvas, divided it into sections, and started to fill-in the sections with background stitches. On top of these backgrounds, she placed some of her favorite stumpwork motifs and the piece grew and grew! Bees, strawberries, a rooster, pansies, peas, a snail, a pomegranate, a koi fish, a lily pad, eggplant, carrots, berries, flowers and more flowers – flowers on a trellis, flowers in a nosegay, a bee skep, some grapes. Are you tired yet or should I keep going? You get the point. It’s a lot. Now you know why the class is six days. But I promise you the time will fly by. And you know why? Because of Kelly! She is such a delight! So friendly and warm, patient and kind. And talented. Let’s not forget that! Nobody knows stumpwork better than Kelly Clark. She has an eye for detail like none other. This piece will stretch you. It will challenge you but you will come out of it a better stitcher by far. Some of the techniques covered include: ribbon work, thread painting, beading, needle weaving, applique, and knots – lots of knots. Stitches include: Laid Gingham, Diamond Brick Pattern, Van Dyke, Double Brick and Mortar Stitch, Woven Trellis, Outlined Pavilion Diamond, Posie Trellis Stitch, and many more.”

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