Thread Sketching

Lily Homer

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Date(s) - June 7, 2019 - June 8, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Instructor: Lois Kershner

Description: Thread Sketching explores how to turn small scenes into a stitched work of art. Thread sketching is similar to drawing lines on paper with a pencil. Using fabric as the ground material, thread sketched lines are created using needle and thread. A variety of counted and surface embroidery stitches can be used to enhance the image.

Class will start with an exercise identifying primary and secondary lines using postcards of famous paintings.  Students will then create a small line study of their selected scene. Students can use one of the provided San Francisco scenes or bring one of their own choosing to class. To fit the provided fabric the scenes need to be approximately 4” wide by 4” high.

A second exercise will explore 1-point and 2-point perspective since line direction helps give a sense of depth. Students will then transfer their scene to lugana fabric which will be backed with muslin and mounted in an embroidery hoop. Stitching will start with a basic thread sketching technique, essentially taking stitches following the primary and secondary lines drawn on the fabric. Students may use stitched models as guides, but will be encouraged to interpret their scenes individually.

Once the primary lines are stitched, the scene can be enhanced with a variety of embroidery stitches using stitch charts included in the class booklet or other available reference materials. Attention will be paid to techniques for:

  • Grounding the scene
  • Creating shadow and shading to give the scene a more realistic appearance
  • Choosing stitches to create the illusion of depth and perspective

No art or design experience is required.

Materials Provided:

  • Lugana fabric – Two 9” squares
  • Muslin – Two 9” squares
  • Tracing paper
  • Instruction Booklet including San Francisco scene templates
  • #24 tapestry needles
  • 6” embroidery hoop
  • black ink pen, pencil, ruler, stitching scissors, water soluble pen
  • a variety of stranded cotton threads.
  • You may bring any threads or fabrics you wish to work with.

SNAD is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting the traditions of hand embroidery. If you are able, you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to develop fun and innovative community outreach programs.

San Francisco School of Needlework & Design
360 Post St #604
San Francisco, CA 94108

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Payment: We accept PayPal and most major credit cards for class payments using the registration form above. If you would like to arrange an alternate method of payment, please email us.

Scholarship Seats: A limited number of Scholarship seats are available in most of our classes. We use an honor system on a self-identified basis for those who cannot afford the full price. If scholarship seats are offered in the class, they will be listed as one of the options under Register.

Cancellation Policy for classes (3-hour classes to 4-day classes): Payment is due in full at the time of registration. If you need to cancel: We will refund tuition less a $25.00 processing fee up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to the class start time. No refunds for classes cancelled with less than 3 days (72 hours) before class start time.  

Cancellation Policy for Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) and Retreats: Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) courses and Stitch Retreats are non-refundable. The student may reschedule their course with 8-weeks-notice prior to the start time of the registered course at no additional charge. A $200.00 processing fee will be applied if notice is given less than 8 weeks prior to the start time of the registered class. SFSNAD will make every attempt not to cancel any classes. If we need to cancel: You are entitled to either a full refund (no processing fee), or your tuition can be used for a future class of equal value within a year of the cancelled class.

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Please note: on occasion it might be necessary to substitute the instructor.