Sunday, March 27, 2022

May Minis "Madness"


Introduction to Boro-Style Stitching

An Update: 

Thank you to those of you who responded to May Minis "Madness"! Workshops are now on the calendar and spaces are still available if you'd like to join in. Below is a list of workshops with dates and times (Eastern Daylight Savings Time USA). Scroll down this post for workshop descriptions.

May 7 (10 AM-1 PM) Introduction to Boro Stitching

May 9 (10 AM-1 PM) Hand Stitching Primer

May 11 (10 AM-1 PM) Introduction to Visible Mending

May 11 (6-9 PM) Introduction to Visible Mending

May 25 (10 AM-1 PM) Stitch Mandalas

May 28 (2-5 PM) Stitch Mandalas

I have a student interested in a May 25 (6-9 PM) timeslot for either Stitch Mandalas or Introduction to Boro Stitching. Please contact me if you'd like to take one of these workshops in this time slot.


Hi all- Hope that you are enjoying the Spring (or Fall if you're in the Southern Hemisphere). I've been on a short teaching hiatus while sorting through papers, book, supplies and STUFF in general. It's a big job and will continue to take time. But I am itching to get back to some online teaching so I am offering a selection of some of my popular 3-hour "mini" hand stitching workshops before diving into more and new summer offerings. So if your fingers are "itching" (like mine) to do some hand stitching, I hope you can join me.

Hand Stitching Primer

For this workshop series I am reintroducing a successful method of putting students, workshops and dates/times together. This is how it the descriptions of the 3-hour minis and the list of possible dates and times. I'm now including several time options to hopefully cover many time zones. Choose the best workshop, date and time options for you and contact me at I will group you with others who have similar choices. I need at least three students to run a workshop. You can also choose to guarantee a workshop by putting together your own group. I'm scheduling on a first-come, first served basis, so be sure to contact me as soon as you can.

Stitch Mandalas: Couching

Once a workshop is scheduled, I will notify you about payment. Each 3-hour mini is $40. You will receive a supply list with your payment confirmation. Handouts will be emailed to you the day before class. Once you receive the handout you will no longer be able to receive a refund but will have access to a recording of the workshop.

All workshops are taught on Zoom and you will receive a link to give you access to the recorded workshop for one month.

If enrollment for a workshop goes under three people, it will either be rescheduled or cancelled.

Introduction to Visible Mending

Here are the date/time options:

All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (USA). I live in the Washington DC area so you can Google the time there to calculate the time difference.

Saturday, May 7: 10 AM-1 PM;  2-5 PM;  6-9 PM

Monday, May 9: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Wednesday, May 11: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Monday, May 23: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Wednesday May 25: 10 AM-1 PM;  6-9 PM

Saturday May 28: 10 AM-1 PM;  2-5 PM;  6-9 PM

Here are the 3-hour Mini Workshops ($40 per workshop)

Hand Stitching Primer: Variations of Fly Stitch

Hand Stitching Primer/Refresher
Here's an opportunity to start your hand stitching adventure or refresh your memory about certain stitches. Julie will teach you a small selection of stitches and give you tips on how you can modify them for different effects. Students will create a small stitch sampler.

Boro-Style Stitch Sampler

Introduction to Boro-Style Stitching: Running Stitch/Sashiko Patterns
Explore the possibilities of using Boro-style patching and simple Running stitches to create intricate designs. Julie will show you how can combine rows, columns, and diagonals of stitch to design patterns. Students will stitch a small sampler.

Visible Mending Sampler
Introduction to Visible Mending
Mending clothes has become a socially conscious endeavor and an artistic statement. Students will have the option to work on a mending sampler or a piece of their own clothing. Julie will show you several playful approaches to visible mending (mending that is meant to stand out) and enhancing including different patching techniques, reverse applique and surface darning.

Stitch Mandalas Sampler
Stitch 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.

Thank you and hope to hear from you!-- Julie