Animal Friends Stitching & Painting

Animal Friends Stitching & Painting


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    Kristin Williams
    Kristin Williams is the owner of Ephemera Paducah. She adores mixed media and messing up her manicures with gesso, paint, glitter and other cool stuff.
  • Day 1 - Animal Friends
    September 16, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2 - Animal Friends
    September 17, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

I am an unabashed animal lover. My husband and I have rescue pups, I’m one of the “Top Fans” of the Cincinnati Zoo on Facebook due to my adoration of Fiona, the Hippo, and bird and animal art are all over my house. During Covid Lockdown I experimented with new painting techniques in an effort to paint the animals I love so much. The process I used has now evolved into my stitching! As there are so many other Animal Lovers out there, I’d like to share what I’ve been doing in this 2-day Painting and Stitching workshop.


We will have some of the right-sized animal photos on hand, but it makes it so much better if you are working with a subject you love. Bring multiple enlarged color photos of your favorite animals printed on regular copy paper. These need to FILL a 6″ x 6″ space on your practice paper, cradled board, and fabric square you’ll be provided. The best photos to use are ones that fill the area. Zoom in on the faces of your pets and make sure your photos are well-lit. Animals with clear contrasting areas, not necessarily lots of them, work well to start off. Feel free to email Kristin your subject matter for consultation before class.

On the first day, we will practice on paper in the morning and launch into a cradled board painting after lunch.

You will be supplied with the pens, paper, board, tracing paper, and use of the Stuio paints. We will practice the tracing technique and assign colors to specific areas. Then we will dive in with paints on a cradled board.

On the second day, we will use the same tracing technique on a square of fabric! Then start stitching!

It’s a slightly different process but still very doable. Once your animal is traced we’ll talk through what colors go where and outline your beast. You’ll leave with a project for future stitching as a day probably won’t be enough time to finish. But, I’ll demo a ton of stitches and you will leave with a plan!

What to Bring: 
  • A notebook and pen for taking notes
  • Your embroidery threads in your favorite color family (ex: many shades of blue) or in the colors of the animal you want to stitch, as well as black & white.
  • A basic hand-sewing kit — scissors, a thimble if you use one, embroidery needles, straight pins, a couple of sizes of hoops
  • if you have favorite brushes, please bring them

We have all of these things in the shop so you can have them waiting on you or purchase them during the workshop when you fine-tune your project!


Your registration includes: 

Lunches, snacks, and drinks each day!

A package of Tracing paper

A Pilot Frixion Pen

A ballpoint pen for tracing

Linen or Muslin for the stitching

Use of Ephemera Paducah’s Studio Paints

Practice paper and a cradled board for the painting


Minimum 3, Maximum 8. The minimum age to participate is 16.

Please review our Cancellation Policy and Covid Policy before registering.


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