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Boost Your Stitching Skills: Learn New Embroidery Techniques at Sew Expo Workshops

Updated: Jan 26

MCreativeJ 2024 Sew Expo Workshops

I'm thrilled to be back as an instructor at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo (also fondly referred to as Sew Expo) this year! I will admit, I haven't actually attended the event in person before. The first two years I taught at the Sew Expo, all of my workshops were online. And even though everything was done over a screen, I still loved being able to share hand embroidery skills, techniques, and tips. Last year's expo conflicted with Stitches West (if you know, you know.) So let's just say, I'm beyond excited to be back.

Sew Expo is taking place February 29-March 3

There are also a few 4 Needle classes taking place on February 28. All of the workshops and events will take place at the Washington State Fair Events Center at 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA.

Along with the 5 workshops (4 workshops + 1 demo) I'm teaching, you'll also be able to find all things hand embroidery at my booth.

Tickets to Sew Expo are $17 per day or get an all inclusive event pass for $57. You can purchase tickets online or at the gate.

Along with tickets, each workshop requires pre-registration and a workshop kit is provided. I've outlined the workshop details and kit cost below.

So now onto the fun part, where you can see what classes I'm teaching and plan your schedule for a week of hands on crafting.

MCreativeJ's Hand Embroidery Workshops at Sew Expo

stumpwork strawberry embroidery

February 28: 3D Stumpwork Strawberry Embroidery from 8-12noon

Want to create textural embroidery that pops off the fabric? Join me to learn stumpwork with this delightful strawberry design. Stumpwork is a type of textural embroidery that uses padding and wire to create elements that stand away from the fabric creating 3D elements.

In this 4 hour class you’ll learn how to make a sculptural strawberry and leaves that stick out from the fabric. You’ll learn how to stitch the stem stitch, pistil stitch, detached chain stitch, berry stitch, couching, long and short satin stitch, button hole stitch, and corded detached buttonhole stitch. All materials are included. This class is best suited for makers that have stitched before, however all are welcome.

Class Type: 4 Needle

Class Length: 4 hours

Class Price: $92

March 1: Flower Pocket Clothing Embroidery from 8-10:30am

Give yourself some flowers! Embellish a bouquet into your pocket. This could be a shirt pocket, pants pocket, or even a dress pocket. Any pocket that needs florals. Join me for a hands-on, 2.5 hour workshop. She’ll show you how to get started with embroidering your clothing and cover stitches like the stem stitch, detached chain stitch, long and short satin stitch, leaf stitch, French knot, and bullion knot.

A full kit is included with this class and comes with full skeins of DMC thread in various colors, transfer designs, a wood embroidery hoop, an embroidery needle, and printed instructions. This workshop is beginner-friendly and no prior embroidery experience is required. Attendees will need to bring their own garments with a pocket to embroider.

Class Type: 3 Needle

Class Length: 2.5 hours

Class Price: $62

March 1: Fabric Landscape Applique and Embroidery from 11am-1:30pm

Let’s create collage landscapes with fabric! Learn how to create your own fabric landscape using applique embroidery with me. This 2.5 hour, hands-on workshop will cover how to pair fabrics to create your own unique landscapes, basic applique and beginner-friendly embroidery stitches like the running stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, and fly stitch.

Each participant will receive a full class kit that includes an embroidery hoop, cotton fabrics, full skeins of embroidery thread, embroidery needle, sewing pins, and backing materials.

Class Type: 3 Needle

Class Length: 2.5 hours

Class Price: $62

embroidery hoop featuring various stitches surrounded by thread and scissors

March 2: Beginner Thread Doodles from 11:30am-12:15pm

Have you ever wondered how to do a specific embroidery stitch? Or do you just want to try a bunch of them? Well now you can! We’ll cover embroidery basics to get you started, like placing fabric in the hoop, splitting thread, threading the needle, and knotting the thread. This demo will also cover beginner embroidery stitches like the satin stitch, back stitch, running stitch, whipped back stitch, French knot, and reverse chain stitch.

Demo Length: 45 minutes

Demo Price: FREE

March 3: Upcycle Your Clothing with Hand Embroidery from 11am-1:30pm

Cover up stains and small holes in your clothing with hand embroidery. Join me for a hands-on workshop. Simply bring a garment to embroider and we’ll provide you with playful nature-inspired sample designs to stitch. This class will cover helpful dos and don’ts of embroidering garments as well as stitches best suited for your individual garment and pattern.

Each attendee will also receive an embroidery hoop, thread, needle, and stabilizer to get started. Attendees will need to bring their own garments to embroider. This workshop is beginner-friendly and no prior embroidery experience is required.

Class Type: 3 Needle

Class Length: 2.5 hours

Class Price: $62

Can't join me for a Sew Expo class?

That's ok! You can always stop by booth 402 to shop all things hand embroidery.


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