Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Get Ready for Julie's Winter Workshops and Classes 2021!

Creating the loop closure for the Itty Bitty Boro Book

Sign-ups for my Winter workshops and classes are already starting! Hope you'll consider taking part in one of the following scheduled workshops or a multi-session class at The Art League School. Stretch yourself with a one day hand stitching project or take a leap into a more in-depth course on either dimensional stitching using nature as your muse or creating memory-inspired stitched works using words. All workshops and classes are online (Zoom) and are recorded.

One day workshops (5.5 hours including a half hour break) are $65 and some have a kit option. Class size is limited so if you are interested, please contact me asap. Leave a comment here or email me (threadborn@gmail).

Here is the updated schedule through April. Read the descriptions below for more information:


January 9 (1:00-6:30 PM EST) Stitch Mandalas

January 23 (1:00 - 6:30 PM EST) Fabric Stash Cloth Book

February 20 (1:00-6:30 EST) Itty Bitty Boro Book

March 6 (10:00 AM - 3:30 PM EST) Talisman Pouch

NEW WORKSHOP! April 3 (1:00-5:15 PM EDST) Bitty Boro Needlebook ($50)

April 17 (1:00-6:30 PM EDST) Talisman Pouch


Classes at The Art League School (please click on the highlighted class for information and registration)

Hand Stitching Continued: Dimensional Stitches and Fabric Manipulation: Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST) Tuition: $160. Optional Kit: $15

Connecting to Memories: The Stitched Word: Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 (7:00-9:00 PM EST) Tuition: $150. Optional Kit: $15



A selection of Stitch Mandala samplers

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, students spend the day in meditative stitching, creating a series of Stitch Mandalas. 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/Buttonhole, Straight and Couching stitches and needle woven Spider's Webs. Students will create a series of samplers featuring their Stitch Mandalas.

Fabric Stash Cloth Books showing multi-layered covers.

This project was originally inspired by a small swatch book of Japanese fabrics. Different-sized swatches made for interesting combinations of pattern and color. Create your own version showcasing treasures from your own fabric collection or insert cloth pages for future hand stitching and collaging. The book cover features a textural layered variation of reverse applique with the option of adding a Trapunto (stuffed) element. Complete your book with a stab stitch binding. Cover kit available in selected colors for an additional $15 plus shipping.

A sample showing different fabric treasures.

Stitch Boro-style collages on your itty bitty pages.

Design a small format (3" square), accordion-style cloth book using special fabric scraps from your own collection (or select the kit option). Arrange your scraps on wool felt squares and embellish with Sashiko-style Running stitch patterns for a beautiful and rustic book. Two kit options available: Bare bones: wool felt squares and ribbon $10 plus shipping. Full kit: Bare bones plus assorted fabric scraps, cheesecloth and 2 buttons for closures $20 plus shipping.

Assorted Talisman Pouches

Design a beautiful hand-stitched pouch to hold a special object (a beach stone, crystal or other talisman). Combine layers of fabric, cheesecloth, silk sari ribbon, yarns and tulle with hand stitching to create a rich, tactile art object. Add a shell embellishment and a bead closure for finishing touches. Kit available in select colors includes everything (except thread) $20 plus shipping.


Create a sweet Bitty Needlebook to hold your favorite needles. This one can easily slip in with your stitching projects. Decorate with Sashiko-style stitch patterns, bind with beads and add a decorative closure. This is a new workshop that folks have been urging me to teach every since I started making them to sell. They are just lovely to hold in your hand! Kit includes all materials (except thread). $15 plus shipping.

I look forward to stitching with you in 2021!-- Julie


  1. Julie,
    Would love to take both the Fabric Stash Cloth Book workshop and the Itty Bitty Boro Book.

  2. I would like to know more about mandala class and boot book. What at time and cost? Thanks

    1. Hi Patty- The Boro Book workshop is now full. I do still have spaces in the Bitty Boro Needle Book on April 3. The Virginia Consortium of Quilters is having me teach a 3 hour version of the Stitch Mandalas workshop on March 13. It is open to non-members. Here is a link:

      Let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me at

  3. Such beautiful everythings!!!! Will you be teaching the Bitty Boro needle book again this year?

  4. I would be interested to join the stitched word. But I can not be sure I will hit all class times. I am located in Germany. Will it also be possible to get recordings of these sessions?