2023 Fall

Classes are free  with your  UMASC Membership


Illustrating Nature in Redwork

Instructor: Cyrene Slegona

Mondays • 4 classes • 10/16-11/6 • 1:00-3:00 PM

Class size 6-12 students
4 seats remaining
Location: Randall 250

Beginning with a historical review of red and black work, popular in the 1800s, we will create a two panel quilted piece of native flora or fauna of our choice. Participants will choose photos, drawings or prints of chosen subjects and transfer the designs to cloth. Using basic redwork stitches—back, running, stem stitches and French knots for different line quality, we will quilt the panels and add a border.

This class is for anyone that enjoys flora and fauna, wild and not-so, large and small. Anyone new or experienced with embroidery is welcome. Come prepared to do some cooperative learning, sharing and creating.

MATERIALS to bring to class: 
• (2) 5.5 x 5.5 ” pieces of white quilting cloth
• embroidery hoop
• embroidery floss in red, black, or dark blue
• embroidery needles size 3-9
• water-based fabric pen (some available in class)
• embroidery scissors, snippers
• rotary cutter (some available in class)
• 8 x 12″ piece of backing fabric (2nd class+)
• 8 x 12” piece of quilt batting such as Quilters Dream Green (2nd class+)
• quilting needles (2nd class+)
• white cotton thread (2nd class+)
• 1⁄8 yard fabric for binding (2nd class+)

Cyrene Slegona has worked with needle and thread in various forms since – forever. She has been organizing garments and needle work at her historical society and renewed an interest in embroidery, redwork in particular. By combining interests in nature, redwork and quilting, she created panels of the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and of common milkweed. The work presented an opportunity to more clearly observe nature to create images as accurately and lively as possible. More panels and quilting will evolve as she has a long list of birds, flowers and fungi to translate in redwork.