First, let me welcome the many new readers who signed up for this blog thanks to a mention on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread website last week. It is humbling to know that my embroidery ramblings land in peoples' feedly feeds and mail boxes all over the world. Thank you!
It is a little over a year now since I opened my embroidery studio in Bavaria. Although I had a few years of experience with running an embroidery business in the Netherlands and teaching in England and America, Germany is a whole different kettle of fish. Better tasting, I must say.
Some tried and tested concepts did not work here at all. Other concepts I burned my fingers on elsewhere, are coming quickly to fruition under the famous Bavarian white and blue sky. And in the past few weeks, exciting new projects have found their way into my mail box all by their own. I have to admit, some freak me out a bit as they are so far out of my comfort zone. However, with the support of my dear husband and some lovely friends, I will bravely tackle the challenges. Isn't life exciting?
The first major change is that I now offer five-day embroidery courses during the holidays. This has been a specific request from my students so that they can completely focus on a technique and don't come off course when 'reality' kicks in between monthly lessons. During each course, I'll teach one embroidery technique. Choices for 2016: crewel, stumpwork, canvas, goldwork, blackwork and needle painting. Do have a look at the course section on my website for more information and signing up.
For those of you who don't have the luxury of spending a whole working week with needle and thread, I'll still offer plenty of one-day workshops throughout the year on Saturdays. Enjoy and pamper yourself by attending a tried and tested workshop formula in a friendly atmosphere with like-minded people. Have a look at the workshop section of my website for more details and signing up.
No matter if you attend a course or a workshop, you will benefit from my ongoing professional development as a curious stitcher trying out many different embroidery techniques. Both courses and workshops are taught in my beautiful studio with large windows overlooking our lovely lake. Our rural village is the perfect place for a short break. Accompanying husbands can be safely left at the lake side joining their mates with the fishing rods :). Hope to see you soon at one of my embroidery learning experiences!
P.S. Next week, I'll show you a new and colourful addition to my webshop that I picked up from customs today. Stay tuned!
Jessica M. Grimm
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