The Intuitive Stich
Class Full, Wait List Only
There is something enchanting about hand-stitching. We are drawn to stitching and can almost feel the vitality of the person who created the sewn marks. This class is a nice session for building a meditative and purposeful style of hand-stitching. Students will take inspiration from free-form doodling, listening to music, and becoming aware of the inner self to strengthen a personal hand-stitching practice. Explorations to achieve a sense of flow in one’s own work and gain confidence will be discussed and practiced. Resource materials include PowerPoint presentations, books, and samples. All levels are welcome, but basic sewing knowledge is necessary.
Christine Mauersberger is an artist is Cleveland, Ohio. She is known for her hand stitched work that evokes singular moments in time. She uses the form of the humble stitch as a tool for inward as well as outward expression of her inner life and as a message to the external world. Her work is included in The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques (Search Press), and Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art (Batsford). She has been awarded several fellowships and two individual fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council in 2013 and 2017. Her work has been in national and international exhibitions and in the 2017 Biennale du Lin in the province of Quebec, Canada.
My work is primarily about recording the concept of time. I am endlessly fascinated with the natural world, ancestry, space, and time. While some of my work is permanent as in stitched works, drawings, and paintings, other works are ephemeral room-sized installations that are seen for a short time and then are gone. The common relationship amid all my work is my attention to the quality of the line. I celebrate life and strive to share my ideas in an easy and accessible manner.
The slow methodical nature of sewing is what I find most seductive about it and continues to sustain my interest. When I was young, the sound of my mother at the sewing machine was the sound of comfort in the evening; it was the sound of home and the sound that all was well. The act of sewing is deeply rooted in my work and draws on the memory of earlier times.
Website: Christine Mauersberger
1) Variety of fabrics: old or new
- The fabrics do not need to be “nice and new,” sometimes older “loved” fabrics are better. When in doubt, bring it. Examples:
- Cloth napkins, tea towels and vintage table linens.
- Vintage baby clothes.
- Gently worn linen clothes that are cut apart and ready to use as fabric pieces.
- Solid colored wool.
- I buy wool skirts at thrift shops and wash them in hot water to felt them up a bit and then cut them into sections. I don’t want you to fret and think that we each have to have the exact same size and type of fabrics. Please do bring fabric from your stash in sizes suitable for working in your lap.
2) Embroidery floss
- Bring what you have. If you like to stitch in one color (like I do) great, if not bring a variety of colors. I am experimenting in color as I write this list for you and by the time our class begins, I may be stitching in a wide-range of colors.
- Buttons, ribbon, yarn, beads or other little nice meaningful special endings you may feel endeared to using.
- Garment scissors for cutting fabric and/or a rotary cutter.
- Embroidery scissors are nice for snipping small threads.
5) Embroidery hoop(s)
- Various sizes depending on how large or small you like to work. If you do not use a hoop in your stitching practice, then don’t bring one. I use hoops for certain projects and don’t for others.
6) Sewing needles, pins and a pin cushion
- Bring needles that can accommodate embroidery floss (from 1 strand to 4 at a time).
- A # 9 embroidery needle is what I use most often. You may have your own favorite.
- I recommend embroidery needles, but you may also bring tapestry needles, sharps and millinery needles. The #10 large-eyed millinery needle accommodates thread and beads.
- I use a Skin Thimble, however, if you don’t use one, it’s perfectly OK.
- They have many dfferent thimbles, based on what you might like. They are stiff when first using, and if you plan to bring one, I recommend using it a bit to soften it up.
- I mention this brand, but you may bring whatever you like to use most.
8) Notebook for drawing/doodling and note taking
- Any size. Can be a journal that you’re already using. It should be a journal-like book that you like to use. Bring a small selection of pens, pencils, or markers any or combination of those tools.