There were tons of overdyed wools and velvets. Many of Sue's kits were there. Just lots of nifty stuff. So I shopped a bit and got some fun stuff.
Sue had many of her quilts on display. It was great to see them in person. I had seen many of them on her website but they are more impressive in person.
We got some more parts to our bird kit: lining fabric, wool for needle pages, labels and pearl cotton. What was missing were the written instructions. So through all of our class time, Sue would tell us what to do next. It was nice to see the completed piece as we opted for this class without knowing what we were going to be making just that it was a needle book.
The first step was to backstitch around our bird using a chenille needle. I didn't have a chenille needle with me but Mary, who sat next to me gave me one. It would have been nice to have one in our kit, but whatever. I know how to backstitch so that went well. Trying to get the stitches even is a trick as the stitch turns out smaller than you think. The material is kind of squished together with each stitch. But this is a folk art style so it is not supposed to look perfectly even.
No big deal, I know how to do french knots. Then came the eye and bullions.
I'm not as good with bullions. Barbara Jackson taught me how to do bullions and they aren't too hard. Actually, with just a couple of hints, it's easy. Using pearl cotton makes it even easier. Also, using a milliner needle makes it easier as well. The lady across the table, Amy, gave me one of her milliner needles. (Again, it would have been nice to have a milliner needle in the kit.) I don't really like the yellow eye, looks like he's been eating too much curry. The next stitch Sue taught us was the drizzle stitch.
It is a variation of the cast on stitch. They are the on his tail. Then we had lunch. I was hoping they weren't just going to have a big salad, as I can't eat salad. I actually was hoping they would get the pick two lunch boxes at Panera. But some guy made hamburgers. They were good and there was potato salad and slaw as well. Then they had cake and ice cream for dessert. That was outstanding.
So in the afternoon, we concentrated on the eight circles that added texture to the bird body. Each circle was a different stitch. I learned how to do a double cast on. I did some familiar stitches: spider web rose, whipped rose, bullion rose, pistol stitch and fly stitch. I was amazed that I am almost done. Lastly, we wove the bird's beak. I was so happy with how it turned out. I thought it would be harder than it was. At then end of the day, Sue explained how to put the needle book together.
This is Sue signing one of her books.