Sunday, July 23, 2023

Julie B. Booth's Fall 2023 Zoom Offerings

Detail: Couching Challenge from Experimental Hand Stitching

Fall Registration begins Monday, July 24! Please email Julie for more information and to register:

Though the temps are still unbearably hot in the Northern Hemisphere, those (hopefully) cooler Fall temps are not too far off. At least we can dream about them! Fall also always reminds me of fresh starts and getting ready to learn something new. Feeling a bit nervous about what the new school year will bring but also looking forward to seeing familiar class mates and meeting new friends.

This Fall, I'm offering two favorites: Experimental Hand Stitching in September and my Boro-Style Bag workshop in November. Enroll in both and receive a $20 discount!

Experimental Hand Stitching: A Line Can Be Challenge: Radiating

When Fall comes around, I always look forward to teaching my Experimental Hand Stitching live Zoom class. I love the idea of coaxing some new students to join the hand stitching craziness and encouraging experienced stitchers to stretch themselves even further creatively. 

Over the three 2.5 hour Zoom sessions, we'll not only cover stitching basics but you will learn my signature approach to creative hand stitching using journaling and stitch challenges. The class themes covered over the three weeks include: Line, Pattern and Rhythm and Texture. I demonstrate a selection of basic hand stitches that reflect the weekly theme. Learn the "correct" way and then play with the possible ways to change or combine stitches. You will keep a Stitch Journal, where you can sketch, plan stitch challenges, write down ideas for exploration, collect inspiration and generally have a "dialog" with your stitching. What I love is that even though we all start with the basics, students quickly begin to move in their own directions with stitching...finding their individual voices. For more experienced or returning stitchers, I offer a selection of more advanced stitching challenges to push you further.

Experimenting with layered textures.

There are three class sections. All times are Eastern USA time (Washington DC):

Sundays: 3:00-5:30 PM
September 3: Optional Meet & Greet
Class dates: September 10, 17, October 1

Tuesdays: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
September 5: Optional Meet & Greet
Class dates: September 12, 19, 26

Wednesdays: 6:30-9:00 PM
September 6: Optional Meet & Greet
Class dates: September 13, 20, 27

Tuition: $100. Payment via PayPal (all students) or Venmo or Personal Check (USA students only) 

There is an optional Starter Stitching Kit for $25 plus shipping. I will only be making 20 kits. 
Please email me for more info on ordering a kit and to register for class:

Boro-Style Bag

My popular Boro-Style Bag workshop is back this fall! Learn my fabric collaging technique and then add pattern and texture using Running stitch variations based on Sashiko-Style patterns and Pattern Darning. I'll teach students some different approaches to creative closures and learn an easy twining technique to create a a trim/cross strap combo. The finished bag is the perfect size for your cellphone and a few other essentials. I've scheduled this workshop in time for you to finish this for holiday gifting! The class is two 2.5 hour Zoom sessions. 

I'm offering three class sections. All times are Eastern USA (Washington DC):

Sundays: November 5 & 12, 3:00-5:30 PM

Tuesdays: November 7 & 14, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Wednesdays: November 8 & 15, 6:30-9:00 PM

Tuition: $65. Payment via PayPal (all students) or Venmo or Personal Check (USA students only) 

There is an optional $35 (plus shipping) CUSTOM Boro-Style Bag Kit. Please email me for information on how to order a kit and to register: Kit orders must be in by October 8, 2023

Questions: Please email me for more information and to register!

Hope to see you in class!-- Julie


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Summer 2023 Workshop: Bitty Boro Needle Book Coming in August!

Bitty Boro Needle Books in Traditional Indigo.

Having just finished a rockin' Spring that featured my Creative Trapunto class and two different Mandalas workshops, I'll be taking a break the rest of June through July. Of course, I'll be focusing on some of my own stitched work and also gearing up for the next workshop in Bitty Boro Needle Book! 

Registration for the Bitty Boro Needle Book starts on Monday, June 19. 

Email me at to register!

Needle Books showing decorative bindings.

In this two 2-hour session workshop, you'll create a sweet 3" square needle book to hold your favorite needles. Decorate the cover with Boro-style patchwork and Sashiko-style stitch patterns using Running stitch. The inside pages are made of soft wool blend felt. Learn how to bind your book with beads and stitch and create a decorative button and loop closure. The small size makes it great for travel...just throw it in with your stitching project and go!

Inside pages of soft wool blend felt to hold your needles.

I'm offering three class sections. There needs to be a minimum of 4 students for the workshop to run. I'm trying to keep the class size to 10 but am willing to add a few extra participants.

Tuition is $55.

All class times are Eastern Daylight Time. If it's easier...check the time in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, August 8 & 15: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (this class section usually fills quickly!)

Wednesday, August 9 & 16: 7:00-9:00 PM

Sunday, August 13 & 20: 3:00-5:00 PM

All workshop sessions are recorded and the recordings remain available to students through the end of October 2023.

Please contact me at: to receive the supply list for this workshop.

Two needle books in soft blues.

I'm offering an optional $20 kit that contains all the materials needed (except thread) to create one needle book. The kit includes a wool felt base for your cover, (2) wool blend felt pages, assorted fabric scraps, lining fabric, tulle, a choice of 2 buttons, beads and (2) crewel embroidery needles (#5 and #3).

To order a kit please contact me at: I have a flyer that describes color palette options. PLEASE NOTE: ALL KIT ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 5!!

A pretty pastel needle book!

Hope you'll join me in August to stitch this fun and practical project!-- Julie

Registration for the Bitty Boro Needle Book starts on June 19!


Saturday, March 4, 2023

Julie B. Booth's Spring 2023 Bouquet of Colorful Zoom Classes!


Creative Trapunto: Stuffing with unusual materials.

UPDATE 3/6/23: The Tuesday, May 23 Stitch Mandalas workshop is now FULL. The Tuesday, June 6 More Stitch Mandalas workshop is technically full but I will take up to 3 additional students.

Welcome to Spring 2023! This season, I have a colorful assortment of  live Zoom offerings to share with you. Registration starts on March 5 at 10:00 AM EST. To register, you need to email me at with your date and time preferences. Payment can be made through PayPal, Venmo or personal check. If you are using PayPal, please indicate if you use an alternative email and if you plan to use Venmo, I will need your handle to complete your registration. I am offering a Spring Session Special... register for all three classes and receive a $20 discount.

All class sessions are recorded and recordings remain available for two months following the class.

Here are the classes:

Creative Trapunto

Sample book of Creative Trapunto
In this multi-session class, we'll explore creative approaches to this traditional quilting technique. Students will use non-traditional stitches to enclose stuffed shapes; design layered stuffed appliques (what I call Off-the Base Trapunto); build multiple levels of stuffed shapes; combine stuffed shapes with cutaways; and work with sheers and non-traditional stuffing materials. In addition, students will create their own stenciled designs and hand-color commercial fabric motifs. Students will have the opportunity to further embellish their forms with stitches, beads and textural bits. Minimum 5, Maximum 20 students. Contact Julie for supply list. Tuition: $100.
Embedding stuffed shapes in stitching.
Sunday Afternoon Class Section (3:00-5:30 PM EDT)
April 2 Meet and Greet (optional)
Class Sessions: April 16, 23, 30

Tuesday Morning Class Section (10:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT) 2 SPACES LEFT
April 11 Meet and Greet (optional)
Class Sessions: April 18, 25, May 2

Stitch Mandalas (3 hour workshop)
Straight and Running stitches can create beautiful mandalas.

Hand stitching can be a meditative practice. Mandala, which means circle in the ancient language of Sanskrit, is a form often used in meditation to center and focus one's attention. In this workshop, Julie will teach variations of a select number of basic embroidery stitches that can be worked within a circular format with beautiful results. Stitches covered will include variations of: Running, Blanket, Straight and Couching stitches, and needle woven Spider's Webs. Students will create samplers featuring their Stitch Mandalas. Minimum 4, Maximum 10 students. Contact Julie for supply list. Tuition $40.
Experimenting with Couched mandalas.
Choose one of the following workshop times. There will be a scheduled 15 minute break during class:

Saturday, May 20: 10:00 AM-1:15 PM EDT

Sunday, May 21: 2:30-5:45 PM EDT

Tuesday May 23: 10:00 AM-1:15 PM EDT FULL

Wednesday May 24: 6:00 -9:15 PM EDT

More Stitch Mandalas (3 hour workshop)
Summer Garden/Winter Garden Mandala
In this follow-up to the Stitch Mandalas workshop, students will have the opportunity to design up to two larger mandalas featuring layered fabric collage and the addition of a new selection of stitch variations. Included will be: Freestyle Buttonhole/Blanket stitch, needle lace, ruching and more pattern darning designs. Minimum 4, Maximum 10 students. Contact Julie for supply list. Tuition: $40.

An optional Grab Bag of Goodness for $20 will be available for purchase. Julie will put together: Tulle, a variety hand painted cheesecloth bits, sari silk ribbon, yarn and seed beads. Limit one per student. Since it's a grab bag, it will be a surprise color palette! NO RETURNS.
Needle lace edgings
Choose one of the following workshop times. There will be a scheduled 15 minute break during class:

Tuesday, June 6: 10:00 AM-1:15 PM EDT I CAN TAKE 2-3 MORE STUDENTS

Wednesday, June 7: 6:00-9:15 PM EDT

Saturday, June 10: 10:00 AM-1:15 PM EDT

Sunday, June 11: 2:30-5:45 PM EDT

Remember: You need to send an email to to register!
Hope to see you in class! Thanks!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Stitch Play! Mid-February to Mid-March Zoom Class with Julie B. Booth

Using adjectives to describe stitch quality: Chain Stitch by Julie B. Booth

2/4/23 Update:  SEE ENROLLMENT UPDATES BELOW...only one space left in the Tuesday morning class!

What is Stitch Play? 

It's a concept I initially developed in 2020 as a lesson for the Stitch Club. Originally conceived as a way to play with Buttonhole/Blanket stitch by randomly choosing from a list of adjectives to describe stitch character and format, I further developed the class in 2021 into a multi-session Zoom course. I'm excited to be offering this Zoom course once again!

Playing with stitch tension to create dimension by Julie B. Booth

In this four-session Zoom class, you will explore the potential of hand stitches through a series of stitching "games" that are designed to get you thinking about stitching in new ways. Each class session focuses on a playful approach using concepts such as maps, wordplay, random choices, stitch combos and stitching the "wrong" way. Along the way, you will develop your own vocabulary of stitch variations to use in future stitched work.

Map created with modified line stitches following a list of directions by Julie B. Booth

Zoom class sessions are 2.5 hours. Choose either the Tuesday Morning or Wednesday Evening class section. All times are Eastern Standard Time (USA):

Tuesday Morning Section (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM): February 21, 28, March 7, 14
Optional Meet & Greet on February 14 ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT!

Wednesday Evening Section (6:30 - 9:00 PM): February 22, March 1, 8, 15
Optional Meet & Greet on February 15 12 SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

(Minimum 5 students, Maximum 20)

Tuition Cost $130 (NOTE: Students enrolled in one of the January Talisman Pouch workshops will receive the $20 Holiday Discount on this class)

Supply List available upon request (no kit)

To enroll please email me at

Stitch combinations: Back and French Knot by Julie B. Booth

For images of student work from the 2021 class see this post (scroll down).

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Julie B. Booth's Winter 2023 Zoom Classes: Talisman Pouch Workshop and Stitch Play


Talisman Pouch featuring ceramic bead by Keith O'Connor

Update 1/3/22: All Talisman Pouch class sections are now full and enrollment is closed.

Please scroll down for information about the Winter Stitch Play class.


As we gather together for the holidays, I hope you'll take a moment to plan ahead for some exciting stitching adventures this winter. 

I am so thankful to those of you who have supported my online teaching efforts over the past couple of years. It's been so wonderful to get to know you and watch you blossom and gain confidence in your stitching abilities. I'm excited to continue sharing my expertise and growing with and learning from you as well.

To spread a bit of holiday cheer, I'm offering a couple of Holiday Specials! Purchase both the Talisman Pouch and Stitch Play classes and receive a $20 discount on the total (while spaces are available). Purchase a Talisman Pouch Kit by December 15 and get free holiday shipping (in the USA only). Maybe you'd even consider putting one of these classes on your holiday gift wish list or consider gifting a Talisman Pouch workshop and kit to a friend (and join in the fun yourself!). All classes are live on Zoom. All class sessions are recorded and the recordings remain available to students for two months.

Email me if you'd like to know more about these specials and/or how to register at

Here we go with with the details...


Design a beautiful hand-stitched pouch to hold a special object (a beach stone, crystal, jewelry or other talisman). Combine layers of fabric, painted cheesecloth, sari silk ribbon, yarns and tulle with hand stitching to create a rich, tactile art object. Add a shell embellisment and bead closure for finishing touches.  Tuition cost $65

This is a five-hour workshop that will be divided over two days (two 2.5 hour class sessions). Below are the workshops dates and times. All times are USA Eastern Standard Time.

Saturday, January 14 & 21 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM) FULL
NEW TIME SLOT: Saturday, January 14 & 21 (6:30 - 9:00 PM) FULL
Tuesday, January 17 & 24 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM) FULL
Wednesday, January 18 & 25 (6:30 - 9:00 PM) FULL

There is an optional $20 kit that includes all fabrics, yarns, sari silk ribbon, shell, beads and a needle. Please note: Last day to order kits is January 1, 2023.

To register (starting Monday, November 28), receive the supply list and/or info on ordering a kit please email me at

(The following images are by students who participated in the Spring 2021 class--Thank you!)

Maps & Marks by Michele L.

Explore the potential of hand stitches through a series of stitching "games" that are designed to get you thinking about stitching in new ways. Each class session focuses on a playful approach using concepts such as maps, word play, random choices, stitch combos and stitching the "wrong" way. Develop your vocabulary of stitch variations to use in future stitched work. Tuition cost $130. Supply List (no kit).

Marks Around Me Map by Doris D. Based on marks found in her yard and garden.

This is a four 2.5 hour session class. Choose either the morning or evening class section. All times are USA Eastern Standard Time:

Tuesday Morning Section (10:00 AM-12:30 PM): February 21,28, March 7, 14
Optional Meet & Greet on February 14

Wednesday Evening Section (6:30 - 9:00 PM): February 22, March 1, 8, 15
Optional Meet & Greet on February 15

(Minimum 5 students, Maximum 20)

Playing with Stitch Tension: Coral by Judy P.

For more information about the class including the supply list and to register (starting Monday, November 28), please contact me at

Randomly Choosing Adjectives to Describe Format and Stitch Character by Jodie F.

Randomly Choosing Stitch Pairs: Chain and Back by Roberta A.

Sampler: Playing with Stitch Pairs by Deborah M.

Sampler: Playing with Stitch Pairs by Deborah M.

Remember...Registration begins on Monday, November 28th.
Hope to see you in class! Don't forget about the Holiday Specials! Thanks so much!-- Julie

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Fall 2022 Zoom Classes with Julie B. Booth Experimental Hand Stitching and Stitch Focus: Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch


Experimental Hand Stitching: Texture Sampler

10/7/22 Fall Zoom Class Update: We had a great time in the September Experimental Hand Stitching classes. Now on to the November Stitch Focus: Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch classes. PLEASE NOTE: The Tuesday morning class section is now FULL. The Wednesday evening class section still has space and I'd love for you to join me for this deep dive into a versatile stitch. See the info below and then email me to register: Thanks!-- Julie

I'm gearing up for my 2022 Fall Zoom classes and I hope you will consider joining me for some exciting exploratory stitching. Both multi-session classes take a deep dive into hand stitching...pushing you to get creative with basic stitches...getting you to stretch and realize the potential in them. 

In both classes you will receive weekly Journal Prompts/Exercises and a selection of Stitch Challenges to get you focused so that you explore with intention. This combination of sketching/writing and stitching has worked for my students over the many years that I've taught hand stitching. I want to help you to develop your own stitching "voice" and this technique is a great way to do it.

Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch Sampler and Stitch Journal

I am offering two class sections for both the Experimental Hand Stitching and Stitch Focus: Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch classes. A Tuesday morning group and Wednesday evening group to hopefully cover different time zone constraints. All times are EST (I live in the Washington DC area if that helps pinpoint the time difference for you!). All class sessions will be recorded and recordings will remain available for students to view for two months after the final class session. 

There will be an optional Meet and Greet a week before the start of class so you can meet your fellow classmates, followed by three 2.5 hour class sessions. See below for specific dates and times. The cost of each class is $100. I will be offering a $25 (plus shipping) Stitching Kit for the Experimental Hand Stitching class only. Please contact me at to ask questions, register, receive a supply list or order a kit. Hope to see you in class this Fall!-- Julie

Experimental Hand Stitching with Julie B. Booth
Each week we explore a new theme and basic hand stitches that relate to that theme. Themes include: Line; Pattern and Rhythm; and Texture. Although this is my beginning level hand stitching class, the Stitch Challenges are for any level. To entice some of you more confident hand stitchers, I am including, for the first time, Further Exploration Stitch Challenges. These challenges will push students a bit further and include additional techniques (such as surface design, fabric collage for example). Supply list available or optional $25 (plus shipping) Stitching Kit. Contact me at for more info.

Experimental Hand Stitching: Texture sampler

Experimental Hand Stitching: Patterns with Looped Stitches

Experimental Hand Stitching Class Dates 

Tuesday Morning Class Section (10:00 AM-12:30 PM EST)
-- September 6 Meet & Greet
-- Sept 13, 20, 27

Wednesday Evening Class Section (6:30-9:00 PM EST)
--September 7 Meet & Greet
-- September 14, 21, 28

Stitch Focus: Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch
This is a new class and a new concept. We will focus on one stitch..the Buttonhole/Blanket stitch and explore it in depth. I'm so excited about this new class! I had the opportunity to take a deep dive into this stitch while preparing for my first Stitch Club lesson. I'll admit that until I took the opportunity to study this stitch, it was not a favorite. But ...Boy when I had the chance to play with many possibilities opened up for me and I realized its versatility and potential. I now want to share what I've learned with you and see what you discover too! We will explore using the stitch to create different qualities of line; building shapes and patterns, layering and coming off the surface including buttonhole laces. I can't wait! Supply list available. Contact me at

Stitch Focus: Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch Class Dates

Tuesday Morning Class Section (10:00 AM-12:30 PM EST) FULL
-- October 25 Meet & Greet
--November 1, 8, 15

Wednesday Evening Class Section (6:30-9:00 PM EST) 
-- October 26 Meet & Greet
-- November 2, 9, 16

Blanket Stitch sampler

Blanket Stitch sampler

Buttonhole lace

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Boro-Style Fun in June & July: Online Workshops with Julie


Boro-style Bag Project (large bag).

Update May 26, 2022: Here are the June and July workshops that are running. Please read project descriptions below for more information. If you'd like to register, you can contact me at: Cost of each workshop is $65.

June 15 & 22 (6:30-9): Boro-Style Bag
June 18 (1 PM-6:30 PM includes half hour lunch break): Boro-Style Bag
July 6 & 7 (10 AM-12:30 PM): Boro-Style Bag
July 26 & 27 (6:30-9 PM) Itty Bitty Boro Book

Looking for some creative projects to keep you busy and stitching over the summer? I hope that you'll join me on Zoom in June and/or July for a choice of two Boro-style stitching projects: My popular Itty Bitty Boro Book and for the first time on Boro-Style Bag. With both projects you'll enjoy the meditative flow of the Running stitch, build patterns from intersecting stitching and beautiful textural surfaces while creating something special for yourself or to share.

Working on the closure for the Itty Bitty Boro Book.

Large Boro-Style Bag in Traditional Indigos


This time I'll be offering optional project kits. You can choose between a Bare Bones option where you will supply your own fabric scraps or a Full Kit option where I supply you with everything except for thread. Contact me for color palettes. Kits must be ordered at least two weeks before the class is scheduled. 

Email me at for more particulars such as how to pay, supply lists and handouts.

The workshops will be recorded and students will have access to the recording for a month.


Itty Bitty Boro Books
Design a small format (3"square), accordion-style cloth book using special fabric scraps from your own collection (or select a kit option). Arrange your scraps on wool felt square pages and embellish with Sashiko-style Running stitch patterns for a beautiful and rustic 2-sided book.
Two kit options: Bare Bones: Wool felt squares, ribbon, and #3 needle $10 plus shipping. Full Kit: Bare Bones plus assorted fabric scraps, painted cheesecloth and 2 buttons for closures $20 plus shipping.

One of two sides of the book.

Two of the small size bags.
Design a beautiful hand-stitched Boro-style bag from special fabric scraps. Enhance your bag with patterns and details using variations of the Running stitch. Add a closure and lining. Learn a twining technique for creating trim and a strap.
Kit comes in two sizes: Small (3.5" x 14.5") and Large (4.5"-5" x 18" cellphone size). Bare Bones: Wool felt base, tulle, button, #3 needle. Small $10, Large $12 plus shipping. Full kit: Bare Bones plus fabric scraps, lining fabric, yarns for trim and strap. Small $25, Large $35 plus shipping.

Large Boro Bag in Earthy tones.

Thanks and hope to see you in class!-- Julie