At the end of her online Crazy Quilting class, Kathy suggested a Yahoo group that we might be interested in called StitchMAP.
The MAP in the name stands for Mentor Apprentice Program. Since they are offering a further class in Crazy Quilting I decided to join up. Not just for the CQ but because they offer so much more.
"Crazy Quilting, Hardanger, Redwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Surface Hand
Embroidery, Brazilian Embroidery, Needlepoint, Quilting, Blackwork,
Color Theory for Stitchers, Cross Stitch, and other Counted Thread
I think this group will give me the much needed push to learn new stitching techniques and keep me focused:)
In order to be able to take the CQ class you first have to complete two initial programs...Colour Theory and Red Work Embroidery. Since those classes are currently running and can't be joined mid way they offer quite a lot of fun stuff to do while you wait.
Such as "Fun Friday Tut".......to make an Origami Lotus Drawstring Bag.
You can find the how to's here......Exchanging Fire.
The challenge is to of course make the bag but to also add some embroidery. The area you have to work is very small so I decided to do a tutorial and motif that I saw on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread.
Buttonhole Stitch Leaves.........find the tutorial here
Be warned.......those leaves are so cute and so addictive....LOL
Here's my finished bag.
I didn't do too bad on the leaves but the flowers....hmmm. Too teeny tiny for me.