Friday, January 21, 2011

Class Description: Miniature 1854 Margaret Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Sampler

On Sat., Feb. 26, 2011, join miniaturist Annelle Ferguson for a lecture, instruction in over one stitching techniques, and a practical demonstration of her design process. Students will receive the kit for a miniature 1854 Margaret Elizabeth Kirkpatrick sampler. Annelle will explain her design process, using miniature samplers she has worked as examples. She will demonstrate how to begin designing a 1/12 scale version of the 1831 Mildred A. F. Nelson sampler. Students will be provided with graph paper so they can attempt their own designs. The original 1831 Mildred A. F. Nelson sampler is included in the exhibit. The kit for the mini 1854 Margaret Elizabeth Kirkpatrick sampler contains #48 silk gauze, Splendor silk threads, needle, and all instructions. The original sampler, a full sized reproduction, and the miniature model will all be available for students to examine. Students should bring their usual stitching necessities, such as scissors, magnification, and lights.

Annelle Ferguson is the owner of Mini Stitches, a design company specializing in needlework miniatures. She is the author of Traditional Needlework in Miniature. Annelle has been involved with miniatures since 1978, when she built a doll house for her daughter. Annelle is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, and the Miniature Needlework Society.

This workshop is offered as part of the Middle Tennessee Sampler Symposium. Cost for both days of activities is $115 per person and includes a tour of the Polk Home with curator Tom Price, a gallery talk with curator Janet Hasson, the miniature needlework workshop with Annelle Ferguson, and a lecture and ornament class with curator Jennifer Core. To register, contact the James K. Polk Home at (931) 388-2354 or jameskpolk@bellsouth.net.

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