Christen Brown was born in Manhattan Beach, California. She first became interested in fiber arts via making clothing for her dolls as a child. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, where she graduated with an associate in arts in fashion design.
Christen began her career in the wearable art field in 1986. Her work has been shown in galleries and fashion shows all over the world. She has been invited to participate in both the Fairfield and BERNINA Fashion Shows.
Christen began teaching and presenting her work in 1991, for quilt stores, and quilt and fiber art guilds on the West Coast. She has been invited to teach nationally for Road to California, American Quilter’s Society, and Quilt Festival Houston.
Christen has written articles for Michael’s Arts & Crafts magazine, Threads Magazine, and Piecework Magazine. She began writing books for C&T Publishing in 2011. She has authored seven books, designed 3 sets of embroidery stencils, and 2 additional products.
Christen continues to be interested in craft and fine art. She experiments and learns all that she can, specifically concentrating on design and the techniques of embroidery, quilting, ribbonwork, mixed media, and beadwork. Her goal and wish through this journey, is to continually be surprised, inspired, creative, and necessary.
School of Stitched Textiles site is at www.sofst.org
Christen's books and products are listed below;
- Ribbonwork Gardens
- Embroidered and Embellished
- Ribbonwork Flowers
- The Embroidery Book
- Beaded Embroidery Stitching
- Hand Embroidery Dictionary
- Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old
- with the New
- Embroidery Stencils: The Essential
- Embroidery Stencils: The Darling Motif
- Embroidery Stencils: Crazy Quilt Seam
- Design Collection
- Embroidery Stitching, Handy Pocket
- Embellished Art Embroidery Project