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Celeste Chalasani

Celeste Chalasani is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) Teachers’ Certification Program specializing in Stumpwork. Her piece “Tidal Treasures” was accessioned into the NAN Permanent Collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University.

Celeste has taught extensively for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) at chapter workshops, regional and national seminars; for Blue Bonnet Studio Time and for the National Academy of Needlearts. She currently teaches an online class for Craftsy and an Individual Correspondence Course on Stumpwork for EGA. Celeste designed and donated her “Poppy Remembrance Pin” in 2019 to EGA’s National Outreach Project supporting America’s wounded service members.

Celeste first learned embroidery, sewing and crochet as a young child from her grandmother. Her passion for Stumpwork was sparked when she joined EGA in 1999. A life-long learner, she completed the City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Design and Craft Stumpwork distance courses under the tutelage of Chris Hammacott. She has also taken classes through EGA with Chris Berry, Judy Jeroy, Jane Nicholas, and Marsha Papay-Gomola.

Celeste was the featured Designer Across America in the March 2015 issue of Needle Arts and her project “Christmas Rose” was in the December 2016 issue of Needle Arts. Celeste’s article on the history of Stumpwork and supplemental project, “The Dragon” was published in Piecework Magazine’s March/April 2013 issue. Her work has also been published in the “GPR Designers 2012” book, at CQMagOnline.com, and on the “Focus on Finishing” blog.

“Teaching Stumpwork is a labor of love for me. I am passionate about sharing what I know. I approach teaching from the understanding that different people learn in different ways. I strive to provide clear written instructions with step by step color photos, orally explain the technique with color coded visual aids, demonstrate stitches and techniques, and work one on one with each student as they practice their techniques.”

Celeste holds a BS in Business Administration. She is a member of NETA and NAN, and a Life Member of EGA.


Calla Lilies | 1-Day Class | Friday, May 15

Calla Lilies flourish in Humboldt County, California. In the Spring, they grow proudly, with large ruffled leaves and tubular flowers. The hillside along North Bank Road is dotted with calla lilies, as if someone painted the landscape for all to enjoy. In this class you will learn intermediate Stumpwork embroidery while couching wire and using needle lace techniques to create a beautiful calla lily. Your kit includes the hand dyed fabrics, threads and wire for embroidering the flowers and leaves.

Kit contents:

Instructions, hand dyed silk dupioni, cotton batik fabric, fine silk threads, stranded cotton thread, felt, 33 gauge wrapped wire and needles.

Student provides:

4" and 6" embroidery hoops, 12" x 12" Evertite frame or stretcher bars or 10" embroidery hoop, 6" ruler, acid free green marking pen, acid free glue stick, white tissue paper, straight pins, tweezers, masking or painter's tape, small sharp scissors, needle threader, and usual personal stitching supplies including magnification and lighting.


Berry Bramble | 2-Day Class | Saturday, May 16 - Sunday, May 17

Berry Bramble teaches traditional and contemporary stumpwork techniques while employing modern motifs of berries and blossoms found in the Pacific Northwest: Pacific dogwood and salmonberry flowers, raspberries, blueberries, wild strawberries, blackberries, and trailing snowberries. Students will explore essential Stumpwork techniques: padding, padded slips, wired slips and needle lace. A two day class, Berry Bramble, will challenge intermediate to advance level stumpwork embroiderers..

Kit contents:

Project notes; diagrams; silk shantung and backing fabric; fabric for detached elements; stranded silk, cotton and specialty threads; beads; felt; needles and wire. Students will need a 12”x12” Evertite frame (or similar), at least one 4” hoop, wire cutters, eyebrow brush, tweezers, sewing thread, Papermate Sharpwriter #2 mechanical pencil (or similar), acid free glue stick and archival quality felt tip pens. Magnification is highly recommended.

Student provides:

12” x 12” Evertite frame (or similar), at least one 4” hoop, wire cutters, eyebrow brush, tweezers, sewing thread, Papermate Sharpwriter #2 mechanical pencil (or similar), acid free glue stick and archival quality felt tip pen, usual personal supplies including lighting and magnification.

One hour of pre-work to transfer design and mount on stretcher bars. Students should be familiar with Blanket Stitch, Chain Stitch, French Knot, Long & Short Stitch, Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, and Split Stitch.

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