South Pomfret, Vermont
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Embroidery for Beginners

Discover how to create beautiful and decorative stitching and combine it with different embellishments.

Tying knots and handling a needle and thread are indispensable life skills. In this class we’ll think about how to apply these practical skills in beautiful and decorative ways. We’ll start with a sampler that includes running stitch, cross stich, and chain stitch, and then experiment with satin stitch, blanket stitch, and French knots. The fun will continue with the addition of buttons, beads, and other lovely embellishments. If you wish, you are welcome to bring an article of clothing to enhance with embroidery as well.

Lisa Kaija received her BA in Art History at Dartmouth College and her K-6 General Education/Visual Arts teaching certification through the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. During the last thirty years, she taught all subjects in grades K-4 and some subjects in grade 5-6 in various Upper Valley public and private schools. She has trained mid-life career changers to become teachers and raised five children with her husband, Kevin. Lisa revels in teaching art. The question she dodges most often is “Are you an artist?,” since she considers herself a teacher first and an artist second, and elementary art teachers need to know a little about a lot of different art forms. She thrives on challenges and enjoys being creative with people of any age.