Introduction to Counted Stitch Embroidery

Half-day Workshop

Saturday December 9 (1:00pm – 5:00pm)  *1 spot left*

Instructor: Božena Hrycyna

Adornment is never anything but an expression of the human heart, and the human need to align oneself with the world.

The word ‘adorn’ and ‘ornament’ relate directly to the word ‘order,’ to the pattern of the cosmos. And so to adorn has also been associated with aligning to a greater pattern, a pattern evident in the harmonic structures of nature […] 
(Joshua Schrie, The Emerald)  

Embroidery is one of the oldest ways humans have been expressing their heart’s desire and need to adorn themselves and all they touch. It dates back as far as 30,000 years (at least).

Counted embroidery follows the contours of the fabric, and as such generally makes geometric shapes, archaic and timeless symbols and patterns that can range from simple to complex, with layers of meaning and story. All embroidery is slow, and requires meticulous precision and devotion, and in turn gives the gift of time and space for meditation and prayer.

Dive into this beautiful craft and begin your journey into this rich and ancient world of handwork and adornment. 

Join instructor Bozena Hrycyna of Kosa Kolektiv & Folk Camp Canada in an afternoon immersion into the world of hand embroidery, learning the basics of counted embroidery stitches.

The workshop is designed for beginners and will focus on learning best practices and gaining general familiarity with various materials and techniques used in embroidery. We will focus on cross stitch, back stitch and running stitch, working on linen and/or cotton aida cloth following a geometric pattern to begin. Your pieces can form a sampler/bookmark, or patch, or the basis of a little pouch, pillow or book cover (or be incorporated into a larger piece at a later time), depending on how far we get.

This class is suitable for ages 12+

$75.00 + HST
$20 material fee to be paid to Božena on the day (for embroidery hoops, fabric, needles and floss)

Snacks and drinks included. All dietary needs accommodated.

CALL TO REGISTER – (613) 464-2105