Punch Needle Embroidery - Apr 26
Punch Needle Embroidery--it's having a moment, and for good reason. This fiber art is creative, vibrant, textural and FAST! Plus, the yarn-obsessed find it an excellent stash-buster--beautifully using those inevitable leftovers. This class is the perfect entree into punch needle embroidery, and also a fun gathering for those who have punched before and want to learn new techniques.
Ages 16+ with adult participant
Sunday, April 26th, 11am-2pm
Class fee is $85 class materials included
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Guided by Textile Designer/Artist Kathy Barlow, in this workshop you'll design and punch your own small art piece, a mug rug for your favorite beverage or even a patch for a jacket or bag, all using yarn choices from our abundant palette.  You'll practice and become comfortable at embroidering with the industry-standard punch needle that is a joy to use. 
You'll also learn: 
- A brief overview of needle sizes & uses 
- How to choose base fabrics & yarns/fibers 
- How to space your loops & work through your design. 
You'll decide which side of the work you prefer to display (textural raised loops or modern flat loops). And if you become obsessed, take-home punch needles and patterns will be available for purchase. Come express yourself and create an Instagram-worthy finished piece! We'll have a blast crafting, laughing and visiting. Light refreshments and wine will be served. 
Kathy will provide yarns, base fabric, working hoops, finishing supplies and gobs of design inspiration. Bring your own ideas too--designs without too much detail work best. You'll take home printed instructions including local and online supplies sources. 
For future projects, take-home Oxford Punch Needles will be offered for $32 and complete working kits with needle, locking hoop and more for $50.
About your instructor, Kathy Barlow...
Northern California textile designer and textile arts instructor Kathy Barlow believes that everyone is creative, and she helps her students explore their own artistic spirit. Kathy travels the world to explore traditional textile arts, then adds her own contemporary sensibility to create compelling designs and workshops. She recently completed a Block Printing tour of India. Stay in touch with Kathy for creative inspiration and to learn about her signature printing blocks, patterns and classes. Facebook.com/DesignerKathyBarlow Instagram.com/homeworkshopkathy/