Chicken Scratch Embroidery Bag Workshop with Carolyn Forster
Chicken Scratch Embroidery Bag
Finished size: 9 1/2in x10in approx.
A class with Carolyn Forster
This is a traditional hand sewn version of cross stitch embroidery that became popular in the 1930s and 40s. We are going to use it to embellish the front (and back if you wish) of a simple bag. The colours are based on the colours coming from the lawn for the drawstring casing. If you want to choose your own combination of colours then please do, the quantities for fabrics are given below. There will lots of samples to base your own choice of design on, so you can make your bag your own.
The supplied kit is £15 payable to me on the day. If you wish to bring your own fabrics and threads, then that is absolutely fine, and you can base your quantities on those I’ve given for the kit below.
- 2 x 10in gingham (1/4in) linen squares
- 2x 10in cotton lawn squares for lining
- 2 x constructed casings for the drawstring of the bag (made from strips 2 1/2in x 17in)
- 1 x 50in ,5mm gingham ribbon
- 2 x stranded embroidery cotton skeins in two basic colours.
- Size 6 embroidery needle
- Information on basic stitches
If you bring your own fabrics and threads based on the kit list, then you will still get the information list of basic stitches. The six-strand embroidery thread that is used for the basics should be based on the light and dark colours in your gingham fabric.
For you to Bring:
- Thread snips/scissors
- Thimbles if you use them.
- Embroidery needles of preference, needle threader, optional
- 6in embroidery hoop, optional
- 1in safety pin to thread ribbon through casing
Shared equipment/notions that I will supply:
- Assorted colours of stranded embroidery cotton to add to your bag stitching.