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Discovering Your Own Creativity… Guest Blogger: Susan Copeland

February 3, 2019

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Level 2 Studies in Design and Experimental Stitch – Class Name: Jade..Blog 3 in a series

In the fall of 2016, we were on an RV trip in Easter Washington. While sitting by Lake Chelan waiting for my husband to finish playing golf, I started thinking about what I wanted to do in the coming year. I had always wanted to do something creative with fabric art collage, stitching or something, So I Googled on fabric art, Seattle and one of the first things that came up was Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts in La Conner. I quickly signed up and paid a deposit, having no idea what I was getting into. In less than a month, I was in La Conner taking a machine embroidery class.  Fast forward to fall of 2018 as I finished up the 5th class in Level 2 Studies in Design and Experimental Stitch. I found I truly loved hand stitching and I loved following along the learning path as laid out by Gail. As the class went on, I frequently had some resistance to whatever it was we were learning in a particular session.  Kantha embroidery – I thought “how boring to only do running stitch” – ended up loving Kantha and found endless possibilities using only running stitch. Embroidering on photos printed on fabric – “but I don’t want to put tulle and silk organza on my photos, I like them better without.” Gail said, “but that is what we are learning now.” OK – loved that too. The classes are about stitching but more they are about discovering your own creativity and also following a structured path to develop that creativity. Before this class, I dabbled, but I was always overwhelmed by the enormity of getting started or even defining what it was I wanted to do (nearly 500 pins on fabric art in Pinterest). I feel like, in starting the classes, I found my love in hand stitching and I have been doing it almost every day since. When the level 2 class was over, I felt a bit at loose ends not having the next session to look forward to.

Here’s are links to the next Level 1 Courses at our studio:  Machine Embroidery

Hand Embroidery       Color

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    February 3, 2019 11:01 pm

    Hi Susan, I so enjoy your playful & inventive stitching. You have a real knack! I am sure Gail will have the next steps on your path on offer soon. I am so glad you found us, and happy that you have brought your flexibility with you to class so that you could ably respond to “that is what we are learning now.” Congratulations on all fronts!

  2. February 4, 2019 9:24 pm

    Beautiful work!

  3. Valerie Gleeson permalink
    February 16, 2019 6:35 am

    Enjoyed your seeing your work and reading your words

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