Be What You Love: Continuing Embroidery with Susan Leschke

Supply list:

Package of assorted embroidery needles
(sizes 5-10 are best)

Embroidery hoop
Small sharp scissors
Magnifier if needed
Task lighting if needed


Brush up on your embroidery skills or learn some new ones while stitching come words of wisdom from the poet Rumi. Class meets on Sat., Apr. 7, 12-4pm.

You will create a small embroidery that includes learning how to stitch text as well as blanket stitch, lazy daisy and French knots. For those new to stitching, choosing supplies and equipment, stitching without knots, transferring images to fabric and foolproof ways to separate floss will also be covered.

Susan Leschke’s artwork is influenced by process, material and design. When she begins a piece she often knows just a small bit about what is going to happen and then the ideas and images take shape over time while needle and thread intermingle and fabric gets manipulated. She enjoys the mystery of creating, trusting all will come together in the end. Her work has changed over time going from figurative textile sculpture and embroideries to more spare geometric wall pieces.

Susan teaches classes primarily in surface embroidery from the basics to more complex stumpwork projects. Meeting and forming relationships with students and watching their skills and ideas grow is one of the joys she finds in teaching.

Susan grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and worked as an elementary teacher but she always had some sort of sewing or needlework project going. A move to Virginia, a place filled with the influence of history and colonial craft, had an influence on her and lead her to weaving and spinning. She took a leap from teaching to learning, and returned to school and studied textiles at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Finding weaving too structure, she left it behind and worked primarily in embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows regionally and nationally, including Through The Needles Eye, a two year travelling show sponsored by the Embroidery Guild of America (EGA). She can be found online on Instagram, her website, on Etsy and on Facebook as Threads of Inspiration.

Crossings plans this will be the first of several classes that Susan teaches. We are looking forward to a Quilting Outside the Lines class, a Valentine Coffee and Art class, and advanced techniques in embroidery such as stumpwork. Join us for this first class with Susan, and become part of a fun art form!

Price is $65 plus $10 supplies paid directly to the instructor.








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Call: 507-732-7616

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Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992