Sailor Boy Whirligig in Needlework with Marcia Brown

Create a Nantucket-themed needlework pattern designed for advanced students

Inspired by a 19th century antique wooden whirligig with articulated arms, this design is created in two panels stitched to replicate the antique piece.  The design is stitched on antique white 32-ct. Zweigart linen using overdyed silk fibers from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works.  The sailor’s middy shirt and tie with textured trousers are executed in alternating Cashmere and Continental stitches, Milanese stitch, Plaited Gobelin, Cashmere Checker and Alternating Roumanian stitches.  Cross Stitch over one and Long and Short Stitch are used for the face.  The arms, paddles and stand are meticulously hand turned in maple and shaped for a professional presentation.  The mechanics of the moving parts are very special and will be fully demonstrated in class along with full stitching and finishing instructions.  Marcia is very excited to share this unique new project with you.

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 mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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