Meet Your Tutors!
A Canadian who moved to Britain in 1976 with her American husband and family, Gail studied art in Canada, England and Scotland. She completed both Parts 1 and 2 (Diploma) of the City and Guilds Design and Embroidery course with Distinction in both parts. She was awarded the Senior Qualification of Licentiateship (LCGI) by the City and Guilds Institute and continued on teaching City and Guilds and becoming an External Verifier for student work. Returning to the US with her family in 1995, she has taught courses in Design and Embroidery and directed the Arts Center she founded in Washington state. She has written five books on embroidery published in both Britain and the US. Over her career, she has taught thousands of students, sharing her passion for embroidery, textiles, and design.
Penny holds a BA from UC Davis in Social Studies and the Arts. In 2004 she added the City & Guilds Diploma in Design and Embroidery to her other City & Guilds Certificates. Her deep professional and personal commitment to education drive her continued study in Art, Design and Stitch. She assists in a number of capacities at our center and online, notably teaching and demonstrating in her area of specialty, Design and Hand Stitch.
Summary of Session Activities
- Paint fabric for a small book
- Cut fabric pages for a small book
- Learn about Needles, Threads, Fabrics and other Tools and Equipment for this project
- Make a Threads Chart
- Learn a variety of stitches and variations for each page in the book
- Stitch on colored pages during and after a class session
- View historical and contemporary use of stitches in Power Point Presentations
- Make a mockup of actual book in white with spine binding stitches in preparation for the real thing.
- Finishing Touches – Attachment Stitches, Labels and other
- Learn through live online classes sessions with Gail Harker and Penny Peters, with PowerPoint Presentations, discussions, videos, and a pdf workbook.
- Workbook pdfs and videos will be sent to students after each online session.
Paint Fabric Pages
The Little Stitch Book pages may be painted with Textile Paint. Students will be sent a very specific Supply List focusing on the fabric and paints to purchase. These things will all be demonstrated and discussed in detail in the class. Students may make a choice whether to leave the fabrics unpainted or to Color them.