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Embroidery for Beginners - Portraits 1S23

In this weekend workshop, you'll learn how to transform images into embroidered pieces of art.

Combine basic embroidery with traditional drawing techniques like contour, gesture and hatching to create portrait drawings with thread.

Transfer an image to fabric, then select the right embroidery materials to make your portrait come to life!

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Jennifer Turpin

Jen Turpin art

Jennifer Turpin is an art teacher who aims  to encourage artists of all ages to explore, experiment, play and use the creative process freely, with no judgement or self criticism. A graduate from Lesley University, Jennifer studied expressive arts therapies and incorporates additional modalities into mixed media creations of her own, this may include music, movement or storytelling. By integrating other modalities into visual art, the experience deepens and becomes more about the process of creating than about the final product.

Woodworking, fiber arts, embroidery, mixed media, drawing and painting
Materials to bring to class:
  • 1/4 yard light colored quilting cotton or linen material (not aida cross-stitch material)
  • Embroidery floss in your choice of colors for skin, clothes and hair Recommend: DMC , Anchor, Cosmo (app. 7 skeins will do)
  • Embroidery Needles (size 5-10 or 3-9)
  • Wooden embroidery hoop (5-8" will work best)
  • Small embroidery scissors/snips
  • Pilot FriXion pens (available at local stores in the stationary section or online)
  • Image of person for portrait (close up/details work best) printed as 5x7

Pick these up at Gather Here, Blick, Joann's, Micheals, etc.