Maureen Sorenson

Sorenson Class Pink Picotee Begonia Sewing Clamp imagePink Picotee Begonia
Sewing Clamp

Thursday, 5/18   2pm - 4pm.


Learn to stitch this beautiful design with Maureen’s gentle guidance for One-Over-One Stitching technique and create your own sewing clamp. Entire design is created with one of the 6 plys over one linen thread. COMPLETE CROSS STITCHES

Kits includes: (10) DMC colors, individually number tagged, (2) colored photos, 40 count white linen, for both top and skirt, 26 & 28 gauge tapestry needles, hand-forged steel sewing clamp, painted pink. Screw adjusts to table thickness. Complete finishing details & instructions for Palestrina Knot finishing technique, DMC Dentelles fiber to creat skirt border (Palestrina Knot)

Students should provide needlework scissors, additional lighting and magnification if needed.




Sorenson Peacock framed imagePierre Peacock

Friday, 5/19 9am – 11am


27 gorgeous Soie ‘d Alger silks from France ornament this proud peacock. In the midst of my needle, and certain promises to display vibrant hues in his comb atop his head, and more of the eye feathers to develop. This design is stitched on 40 count silk gauze, and will be mounted on an acid-free mat board in the kits, due to release in the Spring of 2017.

I have longed to design another silk gauze release. As do my other silk kit series, Pierre’ kit will include two special sharp needles to accommodate this tiny silk gauze. REMEMBER! The gauze holes are easier to see than those of linen.

Join me in class to experience the ese of this simple HALF-STITCHES on 100% silk gauze. I will erase all of your anxieties and share with you the beauty of silk sheen on this opaque grid. It really is beautiful!! Silk French Knots create a unique appearance atop Pierre’s head. Approximate stitched size is 4.5’ x 7”.

Kit includes: 40 count silk gauze, 2 special sharp needles, (27) Soie ‘d Alger silks from France, & acid free mat board.

Students should provide needlework scissors, additional lighting and magnification if needed.


Finished Pin Cube photoPin Cube - Reproduction Vintage

Saturday, 5/20 9am – 11am


Remember the olde pin cubes our Grandmothers had? I loved these so much, I began a collection of them when I was very young. I’ve decided to reproduce these with what else!!! Linen and Tudor Silk. 40 count teal linen is the backdrop for all six sides of this pin cube. Each of the visible five sides is a shadowed Chrysanthemum floral stitched with Tudor Silk, incorporating each flower with several GLASS-HEAD long pins for the center of each five colored flowers. Each panel is a different color. The bottom side of this cube is plain teal linen with eight mother of pearl buttons sewn in place to provide the “feet” for this charming cube. Also, the bottom of the cube provides the stitched personalization.

Kit includes: 40 count Teal Linen, 5 hues of Tudor Silk, Needles, glass -head pins and mother of pearl buttons.
Students should provide needlework scissors, additional lighting and magnification if needed.






Maureen Sorenson

Maureen Sorenson image

Maureen is a lifetime native of Northeastern Wisconsin, and raised healthily with a large Irish Catholic family in De Pere, Wisconsin, a wonderfully quaint and charming community just south of Green Bay, where Maureen has resided now for her entire life. Her formal education is in the medical field, and has placed her in Diagnostic Services at a Green Bay hospital for forty+ years. She recently retired.
Maureen acquired a fondness of needleart at a very early age when her Mother allowed the children to dabble with the ever so meticulous collection of cotton embroidery floss she used to embellish the children’s clothing, and such. Maureen saved her early earnings from babysitting to visit the local variety store to purchase additional skeins of this beloved embroidery floss. Thus began her legacy. She embroidered various household items, and in particular is most fond of a dresser scarf she created for the girls May alter. She still treasures this creation. That was at the age of eight. Like a new box of crayons in her Easter basket, she charmed this collection.

With the birth of her daughter in 1976, erupted her acclaimed The Heart’s Content, Inc. After a lengthy, but not fruitful, search for a birth announcement pattern, she decided to create her own. Never introduced properly to the medium of linen, she decided to thread her needle to this lovely 40-count natural linen (ahh! from Dublin), and simply executed a tiny cross stitch on each and every linen intersection. That historical birth announcement today holds great pride in Maureen’s soul, and though her first trade show experience was claimed “the lady in the first aisle that has stitched it wrong on linen”, Maureen regards this simply as her best mistake she has ever made. It immediately created a career out of her hobby. God granted her excellent eye sight to teach thousands of stitchers the art of “one over one” linen stitching. Detail and clarity evolved from every creation.

Sorenson holding fresh caught fish imageFor over forty years, Maureen has graced the needles of stitchers worldwide with her gentle, most infinitively detailed needleart creations on the premium Scottish Glenshee linen, which her sub company, The Linen Emporium, solely distributes nationwide. Her line of Glenshee linen is imported from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Artist, author, and designer, Maureen enjoys the needleart design career she has so dearly nurtured her entire life. She lives with her new husband Dennis, and finds great companionship with her lovely daughter, Andrea, an avid model stitcher for her mother, and the most adorable granddaughter, five year old Stella Irene. Numerous days spent together with cupcakes and giggles. Story telling is their favorite time together. On the few sunny days in Wisconsin, she also delights in gardening, fishing, and golf.