Embroidered Fabric Vase

A Virtual Class with Jody Alexander

Join us to play with form, function, and fabric in this clever class! Create a fabric vessel using Jody Alexander’s whirligig approach to fabric piecing and personalize your vessel by “drawing” with stitches.

Our teacher will begin the workshop by practicing four different running embroidery stitches on strips of cloth: straight stitch, backstitch, whipped running, and couching stitch. These running stitches are perfect for “writing” or “drawing” with thread. The cloth pieces will then be hand stitched together to form this clever container that fits a tin can, glass jar, or old water bottle to decoratively hold your pencils, brushes, flowers, knitting needles, or other tools.

By sizing up the pattern, which will be discussed during the workshop, the container becomes a great bucket or project bag. This is a great project for using up cloth scraps to make a special object for yourself or a loved one!

Date + Time
Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

12:00-2:30 pm ET 

Virtual Class: $45

Zoom, access link will be sent out the day before class.


Class will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all registrants following the live session and available for one month.

Class Materials

  • 4 pieces of fabric (measuring 2 ½ x 12 inches)
  • Thread (embroidery floss, pearl cotton, or sashiko thread will work)
  • Machine weight thread, for hand stitching the container 
  • Recycled soup can, water bottle, etc.


  • Scissors
  • Thread snips (optional)
  • Needles to fit thread of choice
  • Pins


Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles, paper, found items and imagery to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, reuse, and imagery and stories encountered in her travels and everyday.

Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019, and is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from
U.C.L.A., and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Jody teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally.



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