This constructed etui has been designed to hold necessary stitching supplies. It opens to reveal a needle page and a scissors keeper. The edges of the book act as a pinkeep. Buttons of the student’s choice are an integral part of the design areas. Buttons from the button jar, antique buttons, or purchased buttons may be used. The majority of the stitching is cross stitch over two. Additional stitches used are: cross stitch over one, reverse chain, and lacing the chain. One specialty stitch is also used in the design and students get to choose small pillow stitch, multiple rice, or Algerian eyelet. This class is designed to teach students finishing techniques. Students will do all the stitching for both the Button Etui and the Button Fob before class. Class time will be dedicated to constructing the etui and the fob, including mounting the stitched components, attaching the magnetic clasps, attaching the hinge, putting it all together, and finishing the ribbon edges. Students that come to class prepared should leave the second day class with the fob completed and an almost completed etui.
Dimensions: Closed, the etui is approximately 5″ long x 21/4″ wide x 11/4″ high. The fob is 21/8″ long by 11/4″ wide, not counting the cord and lobster claw hanger. Laid flat, the etui is approximately 6″ across not counting the tabs.
There are nine colorway options. All choices are 28 count linen. Buttons are NOT included in the kit. Students supply their own buttons. Please see the colorway photos for the choices. Remember that dye lots vary and colors are not always accurate on computer screens.
Included in the Kit:
Linen for both the etui and fob, wool felt, cotton batting, one skein Waterlilies, one skein DMC floss, ribbon, Dritz long pearlized pins for etui, Dritz petite pearlized pins for the fob, Dritz heavy-duty template plastic, needles, tiny buttons, 2 donut magnets, 1 disc magnet, Fray-Stop, clamping pads, small piece of interfacing, lobster clasp with cording for fob, Button Etui instructions–39 pages, Button Fob instructions–14 pages. All photos are in color.
Students will need to supply the following tools/materials: Buttons of their choosing, Pencil, fabric scissors, craft knife, straight edge (preferably metal), cutting surface, craft scissors, glue stick, pinking shears (optional), Stitchery Tape or Cross Stitch Finishing Tape, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, 2 pieces of craft wood approximately 3″ x 7″ (for clamping), 2 Quik-Grip trigger style clamps, and white hand quilting thread.
- The workshop will take place on Zoom over two Saturdays, Sep 17 and Sep 24
- Postage for mailing the kits is included in the kit price
- Each student’s portion of the teaching fee will be calculated when signups close (May 18th) and that fee will be due prior to date of the first class
Denise Harrington Pratt is an artist and needlework designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a passion for counted thread embroidery on linen. She has had work published in magazines, including Just Cross Stitch and Needlearts. She started designing in 1989. Denise has been teaching needlework since 1995. She has taught at Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals, National and Regional Seminars for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., and EGA chapters. She also has developed Group Correspondence Courses for EGA. Denise is an active member of the Southern Maine Chapter of EGA.
The focus of Denise’s work is counted thread embroidery. Her passion for needlework and teaching may be summed up as follows. “I love all of the elements that are indicative of fine needleart; the beauty of texture and color on fabric, the pleasure of the feel of fine linen, the satisfaction of learning a challenging stitch, and the delight of a quality composition. To share this with others is one reason I teach. It is an honor to share with stitchers the enthusiasm they have for creating on fabric, learning new skills, and stitching the heirlooms of tomorrow.”