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An exciting opportunity awaits us here in IRC. Catherine Jordan, who has achieved EGA’s Master Craftsman certification in counted thread, crewel, and color and design, has agreed to lecture and teach for us in mid-March 2017. We reviewed several teachers’ resumes and chose Catherine because she teaches painting/dyeing fabrics as well as counted thread and surface embroidery. With this class each of us will learn to paint on fabric AND stitch a very personal map of Florida.

During our March 20, 2017 regular meeting Catherine will present her Powerpoint program on needlework maps as well as one that shows a lot of different finishes of pieces that are painted. Then on March 21-22 Catherine will guide us through the creation of our own counted thread and surface-embroidered map of Florida. There will be pre-work of stitching the shorelines of Florida (with guidance from several of our chapter members) so that actual class time can be devoted to painting the fabric and stitching the details of the map.

Catherine says that she starts each map with a regular atlas map so that the coastlines and location of cities are accurate. She has asked that we help her design the Florida map by suggesting historic locations for placement on the map. If you would like to contribute information or places for the map, even pictures of appealing Florida maps, contact me and I will relay that informtion to her. This can be an opportunity for all of us to participate in preparing the map even if we are not able to take the class.

Copy and paste this link in your browser to see some of the map needlework projects she has designed in the past.

Catherine Jordan WIP photo Workshop Narrative:

The Florida needlework map celebrates the beautiful landscapes and water areas of this beautiful state while commemorating the 500 year anniversary of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing at St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in North America. This needlework map explores details found in vintage pen and ink hand-drawn maps: Roman, script, and block lettering, historical pictures and motifs, and a black work nautical line border. A deserted island cartouche highlights undiscovered treasure overlooking a beautiful sunset.

The water areas are hand-painted as was done on early maps. This map allows participants the freedom to explore and change the design to personalize it to their own tastes and interests. It is completed with counted and surface embroidery techniques. The text includes many alternative motifs and ideas to make this piece a personalized family heirloom!

A companion piece of a nautically inspired bookmark accompanies this piece and is worked on 24-count linen banding; the bookmark kit may be purchased separately for those who wish to work a small project with similar techniques as the map.

Design size: 11" x 12" on 32-count Zweigart® Light Sand linen

Level: Intermediate
2 day class: $200.00 with pre-work of stitching the shorelines. Note: Any leftover funds collected for the class tuition will be rebated to participants after the class.

Map kit contents: Zweigart® Belfast Light Sand 18" x 27" linen 32 count, Royal® paint brush ¼", detail brush, needles in felt (#28 and #26 tapestry), cotton thread palette, glazed cotton #80 thread, linen banding for bookmark, water cup, Jacquard® textile paint set, and paint palettes.

To register for the class click on the link below
Catherine Jordan class opportunity Registration page.

The information below is OPTIONAL and left up to the individual.


 DRINKS for all day—preferably in a cooler (SOME fridge space)

 CHAIR if you think you might get tired on the ones provided (no one needed one last year!)

LIGHTS with extension cords

  PROJECTS to work on or get help with


  Updated 10/03/16