Intermediate | 1 hour
With its layered leaves and dimensional colors, the forest has always sparked the imagination of Colorado artist Anna Hultin of OlanderCO Embroidery. In this class, Anna will teach you how to embroider a trio of iconic North American evergreen trees: the Douglas Fir, the Rocky Mountain Juniper, and the California Redwood.  After explaining traditional embroidery stitches, Anna then demonstrates an innovative way to use them in a style called thread painting, where stitches are approached like paint strokes on a canvas. From transferring the pattern to fabric to stitching identifying labels on your finished trees, you’ll learn everything necessary to complete a stitched sampler of beautiful evergreens.
Learn how to:
  • Embroider three different evergreen trees
  • Transfer an embroidery pattern to fabric
  • Embroider the back stitch and detached back stitch
  • Embroider a satin stitch and long satin stitch
  • Embroider French knots
  • Finish a thread painting with hot water and felt

What you'll get:
  • A series of easy-to-follow video lessons on how to embroider three North American evergreen trees
  • 7 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Downloadable PDF pattern
  • Step-by-step instructions from artist Anna Hultin of OrlanderCO Embroidery
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students

Thread Painting: Embroider Evergreen Trees
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 5"x9" oval embroidery hoop
  • Four pieces of undyed cotton quilting solid cut into a 7.5" x 12" rectangle
  • Water soluble marker
  • Window or light table for tracing pattern
  • DMC embroidery thread - see color guide for specific colors
  • 12 plastic embroidery thread bobbins
  • Metal binder ring for holding your thread
  • Size #5 embroidery needle
  • Felt for backing
  • Cardstock for labels
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery scissors or snips
  • X-acto knife and cutting mat (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Printed PDF pattern and color guide
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March Lookbook // 2021
Always a month of transition, this March finds us layering gloriously colored stamps with Sarah Matthews, infusing landscapes with light with Christoper Clark, and making soaps with Arina of Bella Creme. Sewists will be interested in hacking a turtleneck pattern with Brittany J. Jones, and two under-the-sea STEAM crafts with Jamie Hudson are perfect for families and mini-makers. Watch this quick promo to see a sneak peek of our all-new releases and click here to watch all of the classes shown in the promo.
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Coming March 31
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