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November 2022 - Silk Ribbon Embroidery Flower Sampler - Part 1

November 1, 2022 - 10 AM
November 21, 2022 - 7 PM

Taught by Martha Duckert

Class is full and there is a waiting list.

This class is intended for an intermediate stitcher who wishes to learn and practice some basic silk ribbon embroidery stitches and techniques in a short amount of time.

In the class, the basic stitches for each flower will be demonstrated and some time will be allocated to practice a few stitches, then we’ll move on to the next flowers. Once all stitches have been learned, the student can use the remaining time to go back and work on the flower(s) of their choice. Because stitching with silk ribbon takes time and patience, each flower could take 1-2 hours to complete. Additional help beyond the two sessions can be arranged with the teacher.

Information regarding how to apply a design to fabric will be explained, but the kit will include pre-marked fabric, ready to be sewn to save time.

The kit for this project includes the following:

Silk fabric marked with the project pattern

Muslin backing/lining for piece

(4mm) Silk ribbon sufficient for creating each flower (pre-ironed)

Embroidery floss for stems, and spider web

Crewel Needle size 20

Straight pin for inverted stab stitch

Design pattern with stitch key

Student provided materials:

Embroidery needle for floss

Eight or nine-inch embroidery hoop


Laying tool (optional) but very useful. Unused golf tee can also be used.

Box to keep project from getting smashed as you transport it.

Class size is limited to 8 students per session. Only 10 kits are available.

Kit cost is $15. A copy of the instructions only for students who will provide their own materials is free. Deadline to sign up is October 1, 2022.

December 2022 - Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon

December 3, 2022 - 11 AM

The St. Paul Needleworkers 2022 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 3 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the North Metro Events Center, 1000 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, Minnesota. This facility is part of the Best Western Plus and our meal will be catered by the Green Mill restaurant. The cost to attend this event is $25.00. The deadline to register is Monday, November 21.

Directions to the venue are to take 694 to Lexington Avenue North. Go north one block to Gramsie Road and turn right. Drive past the Hilton Garden Inn and into the parking lot for the Best Western Plus.

Hotel phone number is 651-482-0402.

The Annual Meeting will include the election of officers for 2023 and the chapter membership approval of the 2023 budget.

The luncheon will feature a buffet that includes Chicken Piccata, Mostaccioli, House Salad, Homemade Bread, Vegetable, Dessert and Beverage.

In addition, a number of gifts and holiday centerpieces will be presented via drawing. All attendees will receive a zippered bag made from a food item recognizable from any grocery.

Our guest speaker is Steve Pittelkow who has been marbling for nearly 40 years. His presentation will include a slide presentation and a marbling demonstration. During his presentation, Steve will provide a brief history of marbling highlighting both historical and contemporary uses. He will also demonstrate marbling on both paper and cloth and show samples of his work. As a kick-off to the 40th Anniversary of SPN, each attendee will receive a piece of marbled cloth to be embellished with needlework. The “finished” pieces will be showcased at the 2023 Annual Meeting. By vote of the attendees, the “people’s choice” winner will be awarded a handmade box created by our presenter.

Registration may be paid via the Middletwin portal if you would like to pay online with a credit card. An e-mail blast will come to the membership when this option is open. Or, checks for $25.00 per person payable to St. Paul Needleworkers may be sent with the form found here.

We look forward to having you join other SPN members for this event!

January 2023 - Silk Ribbon Embroidery Flower Sampler - Part 2

January 3, 2023 - 10 AM
January 16, 2023 - 7 PM

Continuing the project begun in November 2022.

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Dorset Buttons

February 7, 2023 - 10 AM
February 23, 2023 - 7 PM

Taught by Viki Bosin

Several needleworkers, including Pat Olski, have sparked a renewed interest in the history and creation of Dorset Buttons. It was originally developed as a cottage industry for women and children in the rural areas surrounding London from the early 1700’s until the late 1800’s. They are made with any fiber wrapped in a certain way around a plastic, wood or metal ring. Viki Bosin will teach us the basic cartwheel design while sharing a bit of information about the history of the buttons and how they are being adapted creatively now. Materials will be provided in class (perle coton, needles, ring and instructions) at a cost of $2.00 per button. If you are attending the class online or wish to bring your own materials, you will need a plastic ring either 1-1/2 or 2 inches in diameter, perle coton #5 in any color, a #22 tapestry needle and a chenille or crewel needle with a sharp point and a large eye.