|Just one of the Frosting Materials that has arrived|
Well, I have been using my embroidery classes as a mini-Kickstarter for many years. The Plimoth Jacket project was a means to get Gilt Sylke Twist and a few gold threads made. Each project was designed to get another thread made in a few colors. Then I figured out that time was running out and I needed to double down and launch the Cabinet of Curiosities course before the
|Silk trims for special stitches - these are tiny!|
This has been amazing and yet as with many Kickstarter projects, with bumps on manufacturing schedule at times, but they are getting made and enjoyed! By having a critical number of people in the courses, I could get beyond the minimums to invest in a new thread, being guaranteed to be able to sell them through the kit in the course so I could then take that money and reinvest in the next thread.
Well, the threads are all set for the COC Part 1 course and the Part II Stumpwork course and I have many thread left in my wish list for 17th century embroidery. I have only so many hours in the day to write courses and so I have come up with another idea to get the threads that we want before they can't be made anymore...
|Tiny Silk Braids for the Frosting Club on top of|
Silk Wrapped Purl for scale
I have already decided to do this back last July and have started making the orders as it will take over a year to bank the materials. The first order of reds for two new lines (pictured) have already arrived. What I do need is an indication of how many people are interested. Not committed - but interested. Since many materials will be one time manufacturing and we are approaching a much larger set of historic companies in Europe and the US, I need to have a good feel of what we can plan on without disappointing a ton of embroiderers.
You can help me by doing one of two things:
(1) Fill out my survey so I know you are interested and can better plan manufacturing numbers (click here)
(2) Join the mailing list as those people have first dibs on the Frostings Club (end of survey)
For interest - lets review the things that my classes/efforts have brought back into production:
|Wode Blues (The complete family is five shades) shown in|
(left to right) Soie Perlee, Soie Gobelin, Gilt Sylke Twist,
Silk Gimp, Soie Paris, Soie Ovale, and Silk Wrapped
Purl. All custom dyed.
Silk Wrapped Purl
Silk Gimp in two sizes
Soie Ovale, Paris, Gobelin, and Perlee in seven perfectly shaded color families
Glass eyes for stumpwork
Gold and Silver #4 Passing on Silk
Gilt and Silver on six-end silk
Special Gilt Tambour
Gilt Crinkle plate
Silver woven tape
Casket hardware and locks
I will say that my list for the Frostings Club is just as long... interested?
P.S. Embroiderers out there often email me and say they want to take my course but they will wait until the 2015 or 2016 one. They are thinking like everything is on the shelf at some warehouse and I can just order from that stock. That isn't the way it goes. I only announce an Encore of my classes AFTER I have decided the class size I can take based on the material supply and have ordered whatever needs to be made and that is well underway, usually six to nine months in advance. Everytime I offer a class, it might be the last time. I actually don't know because I don't know what material might become unavailable and be too critical to substitute or who might retire.
There are 34 spots available in the 2014 Cabinet of Curiosities Part I Encore.