Monday, August 9, 2021

Julie's Fall 2021 Online Classes at The Art League School

Roberta A: Hot Springs (Color Connections assignment)

Registration for Fall online classes through The Art League School has already started! I'm pleased to announce that I'll be teaching two five-session hand stitching classes this fall. Both classes start on Wednesday, September 22 and run for 5 consecutive Wednesdays. The morning class (10:00 AM- 12:30 PM) this semester is Connecting to Memories: The Stitched Word. The evening class is my beginning Hand Stitching class (7:00-9:00 PM). Times are Eastern USA time.

In Connecting to Memories: The Stitched Word, I provide weekly journal prompts or exercises with  memory-related themes. Challenges focus on how these memories can be expressed in words using a selection of stitching techniques. The result is a series of expressive artworks reflecting student's memories. Below is a small selection of works created by students in the Winter 2021 class.

Themes covered include:
Color Connections
Gail S.: Lollipop Pink

Judy P: Grass is Greener

Amy B.: Blue

Family Saying or Motto
Myania M.: Shpatta

Sheila B.: Mr. Nobody Do?
Memories of a Special Place
Camilla C.: Pittsburgh

Amy B.: My Bed

Roberta A: Theater of Epidaurus Greece

Memories of a Touchstone Object
Judy J.: Enough

Students also have the opportunity to work on an ongoing (larger) project that can take the form of a Stitched Journal or working with family linens or other personal textiles.

Judy J.

Judy P.: Journal

Students will learn some finishing techniques and have the option of turning their pieces into an accordion-style book.

Judy C.: Book pages

Judy C.: Book

This class is open to all levels, though a knowledge of basic hand stitches is helpful,

Hand Stitching is my beginning level stitching class...though it is challenging enough to hold the attention of more advanced stitching students. I take a very experimental approach to basic hand stitches exploring their immense potential. Each week, the class will focus on a different theme. Students will learn stitches related to that theme. Students will create a stitch sampler during class time followed by homework, including journal prompts and a choice of interesting stitching challenges as a way to stretch creatively. Below is a small selection of student work from the Fall 2020 class:

Vicky K.

Deborah M.

Pattern and Rhythm
Melinda L.

Vicky K

Karen R.

Kaaren C.

Julie M.

Rebecca S.

Sandy R.

Stephanie K.

Final Project
Sandy R.

Melinda L.

I hope you will consider joining me online this Fall for one (or both!) of these classes. Follow the highlighted links to register through The Art League School. I offer materials kits and supply lists for both classes. If  you have questions, feel free to email me at Thank you!

Friday, April 9, 2021

Join Julie for Spring/Summer 2021 Zoom Workshops and Classes


Fabric Stash Book cover in process

Hooray! It's Spring here at Thread Born Studio in Northern Virginia USA. Zoom workshops and classes are continuing. I hope you will consider joining me for some stitching fun this Spring into Summer. I'll be adding more workshops to the calendar and will update here as that happens. If you see a project you like but the time frame doesn't work for you, contact me at and we might be able to set up a new workshop slot. 

I will also be teaching again at The Art League School. Two brand new multi-session classes!

Cape Cod Map in process, using old cargo shorts.

Connecting to Memories: Mapping Memories with Stitch is a continuation of my memory-inspired stitching classes. In this class, we will focus on how map formats can be used to express memories related to place, time and family. This is for students who are confident hand stitchers and feel comfortable tackling conceptual assignments. The class starts on May 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM (Eastern US time) and runs for five consecutive Wednesdays. Click on the highlighted class title to register through the school.

Stitch Play using adjectives to describe formats and stitches.

Stitch Play is an idea I've been playing with for a number of years. Most recently, I offered a Stitch Play assignment to's Stitch Club. Each week, students will be challenged to play a stitching "game" that will push them out of their stitching comfort zone. Some will be games of chance, others will be following a set of proscribed instructions, some will involve word play. This is for students of all stitching levels. The class starts on June 2 from 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM (Eastern USA time). It will run for five consecutive Wednesdays. Click the highlighted class title to register through the school.

To register for one of the following workshops, please contact me directly at To learn more about each workshop, see the descriptions and photos below. All workshops are Eastern USA time on the Zoom platform. All times include a break time. I record all my workshops and have the recordings available for one month beyond the workshop. Hope you'll consider joining me!

May 22 (10:00 AM - 3:30 PM) Fabric Stash Cloth Book $65. Optional $15 book cover kit.

June 5 (10:00 AM- 3:30 PM) Stitch Mandalas $65.

June 19 (1:00-6:30 PM) Talisman Pouch $65. Optional $20 kit.

July 3 (1:00-5:15 PM) Bitty Boro Needle Book $50. Optional $15 kit.


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.

Inside pages. You can highlight special fabrics from your stash.


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.


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.

Inside of the needle book.