Gilded Cabochons

Gilded Cabochons


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As I was waiting for my train from Chicago’s Union Station, I leaned back and saw the ceiling – a soft cream color, with circles and spokes and recessed areas. This ceiling inspired Gilded Cabochons. Instead of recessed areas I brought areas out, so this is somewhat dimensional, with textured areas surrounded by smooth satin stitch patterns. The cabochons are padded or stuffed small areas, standing up from the rest of the project.

What will you learn?

  • Learn how to start and stop threads using pin stitches and loop starts, useful for every stitching project
  • Emphasis is on developing a natural stitching rhythm, so you can stitch with more ease and enjoyment
  • More than 40 counted canvas stitches
  • Learn to pad stitches for more impact
  • Explore texture rather than color to execute the design

This project is an excellent stitch sampler! Several sizes of Jessicas, padded and stuffed stitches, several satin stitch patterns, textured stitches – more than 40 stitches!

Gilded Cabochons is about 8″ x 8″ on 18 ct. canvas; canvas color depends on the color way selected – eggshell for the ecru/gold, French blue for the blue topaz, or pewter for the pewter.

Gilded Cabochons is written for four different color ways but you are always welcome to create your own. We are offering kits in three color ways (a fourth color way, Ruby/Gold, is included in the instructions): Pewter, Ecru/Gold, or Blue Topaz. The monochromatic color ways lend a touch of elegance, no matter which color you choose! The Pewter model was stitched by Linda R, the Blue Topaz model by Carol Y – thanks to these former students for sharing their finishes!

Stitch with several thread textures: pearl cotton and floss, metallic braids and ribbons, velvet, rayon ribbons, rayon pearl. In addition to the different thread textures, experience using felt and fiberfill to pad some of the stitches.

Kit contents:
18 ct. mono deluxe canvas in selected color way, 14″ x 14″ with taped edges (canvas is cut to allow 3″ on each side of the 8″ x 8″ design)
All threads (DMC or Presencia pearl cottons and cotton flosses, Kreinik #8, #12 and 1/16″ ribbon, and Rainbow Gallery Entice, Neon Rays, Neon Rays Plus, Panache, Petite Frosty Rays, Petite Silk Lame’ Braid, Petite Very Velvet and Silk Lame’ Braid)
Size 22 Tapestry Needles
Large main graph and full color picture
Instruction book of more than 126 pages


  • Full kit in selected color way – $195, includes all threads, needles, canvas, instructions, will ship immediately
  • Instructions with canvas – $120, includes instructions and canvas in eggshell, pewter, or French blue, will ship immediately
  • Instructions only – $105, ships immediately
  • Audit – $40 (for those who have previously taken the class and need a little push to finish, no materials will be sent)

Our online class includes:

  • Weekly Zoom sessions on Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. Central; Zoom sessions are a bonus and not essential for taking the class. All Zoom sessions will be recorded and added to a private showcase for class members only.
  • Weekly lessons with diagrams posted in a dedicated classroom.
  • Video stitch demonstrations

Weekly lessons and Zoom session provide additional information, and face-to-face time allows the opportunity to ask questions. Printed charts and instructions will be mailed (except for audit option).

Important class dates:

  • Registration now through May 16, 2o24
  • Class scheduled to begin May 16, 2024
  • Class scheduled to end June 20, 2024 after 6 sessions

Supplies are on hand and are ready to ship immediately upon registration, so there will be no delays in the start of class. But, a limited number of kits in each color way are available, so order promptly to insure your choice.





Ecru/Gold full kit $195, Pewter full kit $195, Blue Topaz full kit $195, Chart with eggshell canvas $120, Chart with pewter canvas $120, Chart with French blue canvas $120, Chart with Victorian Red canvas $120, Chart only $105, Audit $40


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