Fiona Ellis will guide you through adding embroidered elements to knitted fabric.
Image of examples that Fiona Ellis will share and show you how to create, to add embellishment through embroidery, to your knitted projects.
Image of a collage of embroidered elements that have been added to a knitted background. This class, Focus on Embroidery with Fiona Ellis, takes place on August 25.
Image of beautiful handwork and embroidery applied to a knitted project to add details, features and colour elements. Take this class with Fiona Ellis to learn how to add these "after knit" components.
Image of a beautiful flower element added to a knit piece. Embroidered details provide visual elements to make the flower more dimensional and to add stems, leaves and colourful sprays to the centrepiece.
Image of an intarsia block, come to life with a border and flower element embroidered on "after knit".
Image of a front sweater piece, originally knit with stripes. Embroidery and a crocheted edging around the neckline bring colourful elements to play on the surface of the sweater. Transform a simple knit into a complex and pleasing pattern after the fact.
Image of a tone-on-ton embellishment. This subtle textural detail catches the eye and begs for a second look.
Image of beautiful handwork and embroidery applied to a knitted project to add details, features and colour elements. Take this class with Fiona Ellis to learn how to add these "after knit" components.
Focus on Embroidery (embellishing your knits) with Fiona Ellis

Focus on Embroidery (embellishing your knits) with Fiona Ellis

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We love online learning. Especially when we're able to bring great instructors like Fiona Ellis right to you. We're using Zoom as our videoconferencing platform and giving you the "best seat in the house" for classes.

What it's All About

Here is a way to look at making a simple knit garment very special and totally unique.  Fiona will demonstrate several methods of embellishing your projects, some technical, some whimsical. During the class participants will work on their own individual samples exploring the endless possibilities this approach has to offer. You'll be inspired to try these techniques to add fun, whimsical elements, tone on tone texture or highlights to patterning in a more sophisticated way. And the applications extend beyond knitted garments as you consider adding character to toys and gnomes!

Techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated will include: simple embroidery stitches (including chain stitch, cross stitch, spider webs, bullion knots), adding feature beads, buttons and large scale sequins, a look at adding knitted appliqué and not forgetting duplicate stitch - which every knitter needs to know how to do. 

This two-hour, online workshop takes place on December 6, starting at 4:00 pm PST, 5:00 pm MST, 6:00 pm CST, 7:00 pm EST and 8:00 pm AST. It will be recorded (see helpful tips below).

Materials: blunt ended sewing needle, a few lengths of smooth medium weight yarns, and beads, fancy buttons, small scraps of non fraying fabric that you may have.

Homework: small piece of stockinette fabric (approx 6 in x 6 in).

    Skill Level

    Adventurous beginner!

    About Fiona

    Fiona Ellis is a graduate of DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design. Her designs are available in leading magazine publications including on-line at Twist Collective. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits. You can find out what she is currently doing at fionaellisonline.com—check out her blog post on the 9th of each month. Why take a class with Fiona? She's knowledgeable and talented but even more important, she's patient and kind. You'll learn so much from Fiona (just like Barb and Cynthia)!

    Read these helpful tips before you register:

    • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can register online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone. 
    • As this is an online class, you will need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
    • The class session(s) will be recorded and copies of all/segments of the class will be available for you to review for a limited time after the class session(s).
    • Refunds? If you cancel 14 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will transfer your registration fee to a RCY gift card at no charge or offer a refund less a 10% cancellation fee. The cost of any materials provided to you will be subtracted from any refunds/transfers.
    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 14 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

    Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact cynthia@rivercityyarns.com.