Stumpwork Class with Susan OÇonnor

It was a lovely time attending the Stumpwork class with Susan OÇonnor in Richfield, Minnesota, on September 17, along with the ladies of the Lakes & Prairies Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America.  We had the opportunity to learn needle art techniques necessary to create the “raspberry and bluebell” design below.


We were provided with a project kit which included a piece of duchess silk satin and squares of an appropriate-weave muslin to work the ‘slips’, 28 gauge gold wire, and DMC thread.   The project instructions were in the familiar format we all enjoyed when Susan served as the editor in chief of Australian Smocking & Embroidery.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn under Susan.  She is a great teacher and a delightful person.

Meeting at the Pines, we enjoyed lunch with Susan.  Again, I greatly enjoyed meeting Susan, having been an enthusiastic fan for so many years of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine.


Of course, we had very little time to visit with one another, and then it was back to stitching!  The class extended into Sunday afternoon, and I was not able to attend the second session, due to family obligations and a college-aged daughter being home for her birthday; however, I was so glad to attend on Saturday with my dear friends.  I’m looking forward to working through this project as the cool weather rolls into Fall in Minnesota.

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Our many thanks to Susan OÇonnor…



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