Chicken Scratch Sampler Book: An Embroidery Daily Practice
All levels | 3 hours 37 min
Chicken Scratch Sampler Book
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Taught by Blair Stocker
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Join designer, author, and modern quilter Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade for a month of exploring the art of chicken scratch embroidery. Chicken scratch is a charming form of cross stitch that is worked on gingham fabric and creates an optical illusion of a beautiful lace overlay. Blair teaches you the foundations of chicken scratch, such as selecting your gingham fabric and using a paper template to mark your fabric, plus essential stitches like the smyrna cross and the snowflake stitch. Throughout the month, play with different designs, various combinations of stitches, and multiple colors. As you stitch inside your gingham squares, discover how much freedom you have to get creative. At the end of month, Blair shows you how to sew together your chicken scratch fabric pages and assemble a sample book that you can use as a record of all the new techniques you learned as well as a reference for future projects like aprons, tea towels, quilts, pillows, and whatever else you can imagine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Two yards total of 1/4" gingham fabric in various colors
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Size 3 embroidery needles
  • Six-strand embroidery thread like DMC in various colors
  • Beeswax or thread conditioner
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or fabric scissors
  • Thread snips (optional)
  • Ruler
  • 2-3 colors of fabric marking pens such as Frixion pen or chalk pencil
  • 6" embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine with neutral thread
  • Micron pen
  • Scrap of white fabric 8 1/2 x 11
  • 6 x 8" fabric for binding
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pokey tool
  • Binder clips
  • Complete kits can be found at Blair's website 
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Learn how to:
  • Embroider chicken scratch
  • Stitch the smyrna cross and the snowflake stitch
  • Choose the best fabric
  • Transfer markings from a paper template to your fabric
  • Select thread colors
  • Bind fabric pages into a sample book
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Chicken Scratch Sampler Book: An Embroidery Daily Practice Reviews
85 users recommended this class to a friend
Judi Obey
I have not done Chicken Scratch in years. Thank you for getting me interested in it again and all of your good tips. Thank you so much.
May 5
 
Sandra Ebert
Totally I want more patterns!!!!!
April 22, 2024
 
Jamie Barbaccia
Such a wonderful class! Instructions were clear and easy to follow and I had so much fun playing with the color combinations. Thank you, Blair!
March 13, 2024