Workshops with Sarah K. Benning
FRIDAY 3/16 6-10 PM + SATURDAY 3/17 12-4 PM
Abandon your embroidery expectations and embrace freestyle stitching and experimentation during this hands-on Contemporary Embroidery workshop with fiber artist Sarah K. Benning.
In this 4-hour session Sarah will help you prep your hoop and fabric, transfer a design from paper to cloth, and introduce you to some of her favourite stitches, while encouraging you experiment with mark-making and non-traditional embroidery techniques. A selection of workshop-exclusive botanical designs will be provided for you to get started, but there are no rules here, just you + your creativity!
Sarah’s contemporary approach to embroidery pulls this craft out of the past and into the present with modern designs and a relaxed attitude. Her emphasis is on drawing, composition, and color choice over rigid structures and traditional stitches. This workshop celebrates intuitive decision making and a departure from the conventions of hand-embroidery, grants you permission to experiment with thread, play with color, embrace imperfections and leave full of inspiration and a new piece of wall art.
INCLUDED MATERIALS: 5 inch wooden embroidery hoop, Fabric *, Needle, Thread Scissors, Pencil, 2 botanical patterns **, DMC embroidery floss ***
*Participants are welcome to bring their own piece of special fabric if they would prefer, must be at least 7 x 7 inches and shouldn’t be too thick, dark, or stretchy.
**Designs may differ from those in the images.
***A large selection of DMC floss will be provided for participants to share.
BIO: Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice. Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Shortly after graduating in 2013, Sarah discovered her love for embroidery and has never looked back. Sarah currently lives and works from home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.