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got craft? :: DIY embroidery workshop

Join DIY author Leanne Prain for a drop-in workshop at Got Craft? on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th from 10:00am to noon, and learn how to embroidery on card stock. Using a screen-printed postcard as a foundation, embellish your own unique seasonal postcard with a variety of stitches.  Using a needle and thread as a drawing medium, participants will be asked to enhance the existing printed design with their own creative expression. With this project, there is no right or wrong method or stitch pattern. Anything goes!

Leanne will demonstrate embroidery stitches that can be use for outlines and drawing, as well as decorative stitches. Participants can experiment with the running stitch, stars, scallops, or French knots to their projects.  Create your own one of a kind keepsake, or a seasonal card to send to someone special.

This project is based on Photo Feelism, a photographic stitching project designed by Siobhan Long, published in Leanne Prain’s book Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011)


* No previous embroidery experience required
* Appropriate for ages 8 and up
* Drop in anytime between 10:00am to noon on Sat, Dec 8 + Sun, Dec 9th
* Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

spaces are limited | while supplies last


Leanne Prain will also be on-site signing books between 1:00pm to 2:00pm on both days. Books will be available for purchase at the merchandise table by the main entrance or bring your own copy!

image via Mary Alice Elcock

giveaway :: hoopla: the art of unexpected embroidery

We are so happy to be working with Leanne Prain and Arsenal Pulp Press again to bring to you this fantastic giveaway of Leanne’s new book, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery.

I have never done much work in the field of embroidery, but I do remember being 10 and collecting a pile of embroidery floss to make friendship bracelets for all of my grade school friends. Those pretty strings of colour, still make my heart flutter, so it’s no secret that I first fell in love with Jenny Hart‘s work which has opened the door to the embroidery world for me.

Flipping through the book, Leanne’s writing is simple and easy to follow. Her book is divided into nicely presented sections ranging from interviews, the history of embroidery, projects and tools and techniques. There’s nothing snobbish or high brow about it either. Whether you have been embroidering for years or just a beginner, Leanne has you covered; teaching you all the basic skills that you can build on.

One of my favourite interviews in the book is with Aubrey Longley-Cook, a mixed media artist that combines the art of embroidery and animation creating images that look like moving objects. Titled, a Manbroiderer, he writes a blog called Spool Spectrum, whose tagline is “Give us this day our daily thread, and lead us knot into temptation”. I also have to give mention to friends Siobhan Long from magpie and cake and Rebekah Nathan from bliss in a teacup who both have projects featured in the book. Oh, and what a surprise when I discovered a pincushion handmade by yours truly on page 112 – hooray!

Want to win your own copy? Leave a comment below and a winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at noon (PST). Winners will be notified by email and their prize will be sent by post.

Contest opened to residents of North America only. UK residents stay tuned for your own giveaway soon!