Please tell me I’m not the only one who has a Bucket List when it comes to embroidery projects!
A Bucket List is a list of accomplishments or experiences that we want to eventually achieve. Often, these are events, projects, plans that we consider luxuries right now, that we work towards as life progresses.
I probably don’t have to tell you that Bucket List items often are not achieved. We think about them a lot, we dream about them often, we pine for them and plan for them – but it isn’t unusual that they don’t happen. Life takes us down one course, then another, and before we know it, the opportunity to experience this or that on our Bucket List is gone forever.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
If you’ve been nurturing the Cabinet of Curiosities courses offered by Tricia Nguyen on Thistle Threads as part of your Bucket List, I want to encourage you to take the leap and get in on the current openings for this class. I’ll tell you why…
Lately, Tricia has been highlighting the accomplishments of course participants over on Thistle Threads. If you haven’t seen the details of Jeri Zoubek’s stumpwork box, pictured above, depicting scenes from a Czechoslovakian fairy tale, do take some time to go see it on Thistle Threads!
The Cabinet of Curiosities online courses at Thistle Threads focus on the creating of your very own embroidered casket or box, based on historic 17th Century embroidered caskets, but made new by your own interpretation.
Why are these classes special?
The courses are particularly special, in my mind, thanks to four unique points:
1. They are highly researched and deep. They plunge you into the history of the embroidered boxes of the 17th century, sharing details of extant boxes that, chances are, you’ll never have the opportunity to experience anywhere else. The participants have access to licensed museum images by the boatload! They also have access to Tricia’s in-depth research, historical information, and instruction focused on this small period of embroidery history.
2. The courses involve materials the likes of which the needlework market hasn’t seen in hundreds of years, from recreated color lines of specialty silk threads to custom-made replicas of historically accurate hardware and finishing materials.
3. The items and the boxes created, while they may (or may not – it’s the participant’s choice) employ 17th century techniques, are not strict re-creations. Each box is unique to the maker, and tells the maker’s own story.
4. The courses have an active community of enthusiasts involved in them, who share ideas and help each other to create their own masterpiece boxes.
Here’s another box highlighted on Thistle Threads recently, by Kate & Jack Hewitt, called Wiscasset Memories. The box highlights, in counted techniques, well-known New England historical houses and the coastal life of New England.
Now’s the time…
Tricia recently announced on her website and in her newsletter that, after the current Cabinet of Curiosities courses are filled, there’s going to be a pause in the offering of the classes.
You can read the announcement here, in this article on the stumpwork mirror, which is offered as an extra project in the second part of the Cabinet of Curiosities course (the Stumpwork segment).
Besides the need to reevaluate and renew licensing for the hundreds of historical images used throughout the course, the pause is necessary to reevaluate the future availability of supplies for the classes. Because so many of the materials are created on a small scale by skilled artisans and craftsmen, it makes sense that the courses can’t be offered perpetually. The supply chain just doesn’t work that way.
So, to ensure that there are supplies for all the current participants, there has to be a pause to consider whether or not the supply chain can and will remain intact.
That Bucket List Again
I’ve heard from so many of you over the years, telling me that your Big Dream is to take these classes, that you plan to take them in the future. If you’ve had these courses on your Bucket List (and you’re certain that you want to take them), don’t put them off.
While we definitely enjoy an “embarrassment of riches” when it comes to the amazing range of needlework supplies and classes available today, they aren’t guaranteed to last forever. I don’t want you to be disappointed, in case the opportunity doesn’t arise again.
You can find all the information about the currently enrolling classes here. They start this Fall, and they last 18 months. You can take either or both parts of the course, separately or concurrently, and you can work through them at your own pace.
If it’s your dream, I hope you get in on the classes!
This is not a paid endorsement or advertisement – it is just news that I thought you should know about, in case you hadn’t heard.