KansasFest 2014 will feature a hands-on workshop from Sarah Walkowiak.  If you’d like to participate, you must sign-up in advance with Sarah by July 10.

Apple IIe ornament

Workshop length: 1.5 hours

Learn to stitch your own Apple IIe Ornament as featured in the December 2011 issue of Juiced.GS! In this workshop you will be creating your own plastic canvas Apple IIe ornament in your choice of monitor color scheme: rainbow, green monochrome or amber monochrome.

This workshop will cover the basics of counting and cutting plastic canvas shapes, stitching techniques, reading sewing patterns, joining sides and edges of a box, and tips for the extra detail work, such as outlining the keyboard keys and attaching the cord for hanging. This session will also include some extra-special additions to the original pattern just for KansasFest!

This workshop will get you started on your ornament and teach you the techniques you need to create it. Based on the time constraints, it is not expected that you will finish your entire ornament in the workshop. However, you can continue to work on your ornament through the week, and Sarah will be available to answer questions in the hallway or via email etc.

Skill level: Beginner to novice, previous sewing experience not necessary but helpful.

Notes: I welcome everyone who wants to participate in this workshop to be able to do so if possible. However, please be aware that we will be stitching on very small canvas, with sharp needles. This project will require some dexterity, and may be difficult for those with physical mobility concerns or vision impairments.  Please feel free to bring magnifiers or other assistive devices if needed. Needle threaders will be provided.

If you have additional concerns about the small size of the canvas, I can arrange to bring materials to make an ornament on slightly larger 7-count plastic canvas and using yarn instead of embroidery floss. The larger ornament will be slightly bigger and will have slightly different colors and stitches but will be essentially the same shape and pattern as for the rainbow ornament.

Large print patterns will also be available, or you can zoom in to the PDF version if you are bringing a laptop, tablet or mobile device that can read PDF files. Please make a note on the registration form for your preference.

This workshop requires pre-registration and a small fee of $7 to cover materials which can be paid on-site, sign up here.

Don’t forget to register for KansasFest, too, before July 10.