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College of Extended Learning

Needle Work

CCOM 1250

Belinda Balemans starting doing needlework sitting on her grandmother's knees, and over the years, learned to become an expert at many different types of needlework. Now, with this new class, she is beginning to share her extensive knowledge with you. Her interactive lessons in the craft will be spiced with the history of needlework, stories of drama and high intrigue, genealogy, coded spy messages and historical artwork.

This course will lead you through hands-on learning as you learn a variety of needlework techniques including needlepoint, embroidery, cross-stitch, and crewel work. You will be provided with a variety of patterns, but you can also bring your own projects or patterns if you wish. Pieces of needlework become family heirlooms, and your piece may be treasured and handed down over the generations. The instructor will provide a broad variety of thread for student use.

Course details

Upcoming dates: Register soon for Thursdays, TBA Summer 2018 (6 weeks)
Time: p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Saint John Social Enterprise Hub
139 Prince Edward Street
Room TBA
Course fee: $170 (+ HST)
Instructor: Belinda Balemans


You will need the following materials:

  • Aida cloth
  • Needles (a package of mixed needles will work)
  • Piece of fabric that you'd like to work on

About the instructor

Belinda Balemans is an aspiring writer and an active student of History, currently enrolled in a UNB Degree program. She is also co-owner of Baleman’s Produce in the historic City Market and a fanatic about the City of Saint John. Belinda’s interest in history and her captivating story-telling infuse her teaching style so that while learning a craft, you will also learn the remarkable stories behind the craft.

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