Sue Spargo - Sand Dollar

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • Friday, June 18, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, June 18, 2021, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Great Room, Class Code FI061621SS
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  • $337 tuition + $45.50 materials fee
  • $428 tuition + $45.50 materials fee

    Registration closed on Sunday, May 2nd at 9:00am.
    This class has reached capacity.

Join Sue Spargo on an adventure of learning how to do dimensional layering and embroidery. In this three session workshop on June 16 through June 18, students create a tone on tone piece using creative stitching to form texture.

Sue will guide the students through the study of the stitch. With eliminating color, students will start to understand textural depth and learn the possibilities of simplistic color. Students will also enjoy the art of meditative stitching.

NOTE: Base circles are required to be appliquéd down prior to class.  You will receive the Sand Dollar kit several weeks prior to the workshop along with wool thread to appliqué the circles.  Please have the circles appliquéd before the first day of this workshop.

Students should bring:

Pencil and journal

Embroidery scissors

Small and large circle template

Chalk Pencil

Extra small 'yo yo' maker (check Amazon)

3/8” hexagon papers 

Pencil glue stick

#24 Chenille needles
#18 Chenille needles
# 10 straw needles
#3 and #1 Milliner needles 

Scraps of neutral velvet, silk and cottons to make hexagons and yo yo’s

Cream or grey seed beads

Neutral #24 Silk Thread for beading

An assortment of light grey, cream and beige embroidery threads in different weights:

Eleganza Perle Cotton in size 8,5 and 3; Seagrass; Silken Pearl; Razzle; Dazzle; Eleganza; Dala; Silk Ribbon; Shepards Silk; and Oriental Linen.

'Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition)' by Sue Spargo.  

Sue Spargo's 'Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition)'  is available at Esther's on Bainbridge, Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, or online through Sue Spargo's store. The other embroidery supplies and different needles can also be found at these stores.


  • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 45 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit. Cutoff date to request a refund is May 2, 2021.
  • Please click here for information on getting to BARN. This document includes information on lodging, transportation, and restaurants.
  • This event will be held in BARN's Great room located to the left as you enter through the main doors.

    BARN will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Students and instructors will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of six feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick.  More details can be found here.

  • There is a materials fee of $45.50 included in the price of class. The materials fee is for Sue Spargo's Sand Dollar kit and wool thread to appliqué circles. Kits will be mailed to the physical mailing address you registered with.
  • Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
  • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner+.
  • Ages 14+ Welcome.

Instructor Bio: Sue Spargo is a much beloved instructor and artist who teaches workshops around the world.  We are very excited to welcome her to BARN.

Sue was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa.  She later moved to England.  

She reports that living in both cultures shaped many of her designs.  You can see the influence of Africa on her choice of colors.  African folklore is reflected in the whimsy and charm of her creations.

She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts, the basement of her home in 2002.  It was here where she embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering and embroidery which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen.  The circle of fans that love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the year.  Her company now has a store in Ohio with an abundance of the fiber-related products that she incorporates in her designs as well as her kits, patterns and books.   

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