Susan Edmonson is an award-winning quilt maker who started her journey in 1981. She has designed quilt patterns and kits for two national stores and has her very own pattern line.
To share the joy of her craft, Edmonson hosts a monthly "Endless Embroidery
" class where people of all skills can join in on the fun. "Hand embroidery is beautiful as well as fun and relaxing," the event description
states. "Each month we will explore a set of embroidery stitches that are similar in techniques."
Here, Edmonson provides those attending with tricks to help quickly learn each new stitch. Students work on collage-like backgrounds, so everyone leaves class with a page of a unique fabric book of beautiful hand embroidery stitches. This class works with a variety of threads such as hand dyed pearl cottons, crewel threads, metallic threads and many more.
We wanted to learn more about the Endless Embroidery classes, held at the Cabarrus Art Guild
, so we got in touch with Edmonson. She answered a few questions for us here!
Susan Edmonson's Biography
Edmonson's specialties have been folk art, crazy quilted purses and wall quilts, and “flower doodles.” Fabric collage books and mini art quilts are among her newest creations using mixed media techniques. All of her work is lavished with beading and embroidery. She loves working with vintage style fabrics, hand dyed fabrics and textures. The patterns she designs have evolved from original pieces inspired from vintage quilt designs and nature that showcase her own unique style.
She teaches and lectures at local and regional guilds throughout the Southeast. Most recently she has been on the faculty for many Symposiums, Myrtle Beach Quilt Party, Mid-Atlantic Quiltfest, Inspired, Art & Soul, John C. Campbell Folk School, Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild Retreat, Houston International Quiltfest & other large events. Her students are always encouraged to have fun with their projects while embracing new techniques. Many of her creations have been featured in “Altered Couture”, “Haute Handbag” and “Sew Somerset” publications by Stampington & Co, along with articles in Quilting Arts Magazine, and more. Beginning in Jan. 2016 she will be featured on three Quilting Arts TV segments.
In 2005 - 2011 Susan and Kristin Steiner teamed up to form “Creative Spirits.” This is a very unique creativity retreat that was held in Blowing Rock, N.C. called “Believe In Yourself.” Many mixed media & fabric techniques were always featured.
Fall 2012 Susan began a new mixed media retreat/workshop called “Stitched With Creativity”. This event focuses on stitching with many different materials & elements using many creative techniques to create unique art!
Susan majored in Art and Design at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. Although raised in Charlotte, she now lives in Concord, N.C. with her husband Tim of nearly 38 years. Brandon and Chad, her two sons and their wives are a very important part of her life. And of course her four grandchildren!
Tell us a little bit about the Endless Embroidery class. How did it get started?
Endless Embroidery is one of my many classes using Hand Embroidery and Stumpwork (Raised Embroidery) techniques. Each month I pick a group of stitches that are somewhat similar in how they are stitched, such as one month is all knots, one month would be weaving stitches, etc. The class was started by one of my students wanting to learn more stitches to use on other projects.
Have you always had a passion for art?
Yes! I have done art since I was a little girl! I can’t imagine not doing art. I have painted, done many types of drawings, mixed media art using many different techniques on many different surfaces, but since I LOVE fabric, I always use fabric somewhere!
Can anyone join the class?
Yes, anyone is welcome to join this class! Beginners are always welcome!
What can someone expect if they attend?
I give a handout with the stitches we will be doing. I teach as many in a class session as possible. I will demo the stitch as many times as necessary for everyone to understand and successfully get it! These classes are fun and many of my students have become great friends as an added benefit!
Do you have a memorable moment so far?
I love it when students finally get it! They get so excited to be able to create beautiful stitches! In one of my classes using Stumpwork Hand Embroidery I wanted to teach a technique from the 1600’s where they used bug/beetle shells to place under the threads, but I was NOT going to dig up any bugs for my class…. so I was eating pistachios one night and thought “Oh wow”, this is a perfect bug shell! And yes it did work quite well and they loved it!
Anything else we should know?
I teach and lecture at many different Quilt and Art shops in the NC area, including John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC and Houston International Quiltfest in Houston, TX along with many guilds across the country. Being a Bernina Ambassador, I also teach many machine classes as well as hand classes. Most everything I teach are my own creations and ideas, I have an extensive pattern line I use for classes.
The next Endless Embroidery class is May 2nd, 2018.
Visit our calendar to find all the future dates for the class.