All Day Retreat - Botanical Drawing & Contemporary Embroidery 

Sunday September 30th, 10 am - 4 pm


Join contemporary embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning for a morning of botanical drawing and afternoon of contemporary embroidery. In the morning, we will draw inspiration from the botanical specimens at Apotheca to create botanical sketches, which will then be translated into stitchable one-of-a-kind embroidery patterns. Sarah will guide the drawing process, providing resources and inspiration images, while encouraging participants to embrace their own style and enjoy to intuitive process. After lunch, Sarah will introduce participants to her favorite contemporary embroidery techniques through demonstrations and assist as necessary as participants work on their own individual projects.

All necessary materials will be provided including:
A Field Notes Brand Sketchbook
Drawing Pencil
Black Pen
Tracing Paper
Wooden Embroidery Hoop
Piece of Cotton Fabric
Mini Storklette Thread Snips
DMC Embroidery Floss

Participants are also welcome to bring their own preferred drawing materials or fabric if desired. Keep in mind that we will be creating line drawings and the fabric should be a cotton or linen for best results.

While no drawing experience is necessary, drawing is a part of the process and participants should feel comfortable and confident creating sketches.  Absolutely no embroidery experience is necessary and all are welcome.

Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a home base in Keene, New Hampshire. 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 almost by accident and the hobby quickly turned into her full-time career. Sarah primarily works from home in Keene, New Hampshire, though embroidery workshops, markets, and exhibitions take her out on the road quite often.

at Apotheca Flowers, 24C Main Street, Goffstown NH


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