Island Berries du Broderie in Needlework with Marcia Brown

A shallow stitched Nantucket basket with wooden base, rim and arched handle features a diminuitive hexagonal berry band tussy drawn closed with a complimentary silk ribbon tie.  The stitched basket is lined with a designer silk and the handles are attached with turned ivory knobs.  The tussy is stitched on a 27-count linen banding with red striped edge using all Gloriana silks in over-dyed reds and pinks, three shades of green and yellow.  In addition to the strawberry motifs, a stitched upper and lower band is executed in the overdyed red/pink and the dusty blue silk.  The two-inch basket weaving is stitched to effect an actual Nantucket basket under a cherry wood rim. This is a charming accessory for the traveling Island stitcher.


Maximum class size: 8

Marcia Brown  has headed the needlework finishing firm, The Binding Stitch, for 35 years and has worked with most of the leading needlework designers in the US, creating design prototypes for the needlework market.  She has been a teacher for national needlework venues for 17 years and until 2005 was a contributing editor for the Historic Needlework Guild publication, FINE LINES.  In addition to her recent publication, Distinctive Presentations in Needle Art, a complete teaching guide to needle art finishing, she has developed a video teaching series that has allowed her to share her love for the field of finishing with hundreds of stitchers worldwide.  Recently, Marcia has focused her efforts towards the design needs of her students and shop accounts by creating shop models and specialty teaching pieces.  She has developed lines of finishing materials for needlework students which are also available on her website.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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