Poking Fun: Sampler Embroidery

Embroidered composition notebook by Candace Hicks. There are open grimacing mouths embroidered across the cover.
Embroidered Composition Notebook by Candace Hicks
A black and white photo of artist, Candace Hicks. She is wearing a white tee and her hair is past shoulder length.
Candace Hicks_Headshot
Inside of one of Candace Hicks' embroidered composition notebooks.
Volume LVIII by Candace Hicks
Embroidery Sampler by Candace Hicks
Terrorist Sampler by Candace Hicks
Embroidered composition notebook entitled "Common Threads" by Candace Hicks
Common Threads by Candace Hicks

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Mon, April 26, 6:00–8:00pm ET

In this online workshop students will create a sampler that combines text and imagery. The workshop will cover techniques for transferring a design, basic stitches, and tips for designing layout. In addition, we will discuss the history and significance of the sampler including recent iterations and interpretations.

No prior sewing or embroidery experience is necessary.

Required Materials

  • Fabric square in a solid color, preferably cotton duck (12″x12″ approximate)
  • Pencil
  • Tracing or printer paper
  • Embroidery thread skeins in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

About the Instructor

Candace Hicks collects coincidences from the books she reads and gathers them in her artists’ books and installations. She is the Coordinator of Foundations at Stephen F. Austin State University where she teaches foundational courses in two-dimensional media. Her books are in collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York and many university special collections including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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