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Hand Embroidery with Found Objects

  • Passageways 10 E 7th Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 USA (map)

Join us in one of Chattanooga's beautiful Passageways to create a hand embroidery sampler using foundational stitches (the practice round). Then put those techniques to use while stitching a workshop exclusive design using found objects. You'll be encouraged to experiment with color, texture and various stitch combinations to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Bring along an interesting found object or objects, no bigger than 2"x 2", to incorporate into your design. (Things such as dried tree bark or flowers, an interesting leaf, or a scrap of wind-blown mesh...)

This workshop is open to stitchers of all levels! Just bring yourself and your imagination! All supplies included.

About the teacher:

Amanda Banks began discovering and practicing hand embroidery in the Spring of 2017. At the time, she was apprenticing on a permaculture farm 40 minutes from the nearest town. Her chores usually ended around noon...with an afternoon of rain left over each day... so she used her limited amount of internet access to watch a few videos and read blog tutorials, made a trip to Joann's, and began stitching.  Amanda's first piece was inspired by her aunt, who is an artist and master crafter in her own right...just as Amanda's grandmother was. Her grandmother hand stitched quilts for everyone of her children and grandchildren. All original, hand cut, measured, meticulously hand stitched and infused with love. These women, as well as Amanda's mother, have all inspired her to explore the creativity within herself. From the way they can make food with such feeling to the individual stitches in the numerous quilts to the plants and people that thrive under their care. 

From the teacher: "fibrrous is me. Reaching into and outside of myself. Working to make the colorful ideas and feelings into tangible, three dinensional objects. fibrrous is an observation of the world around me, a means of physical and emotional expression, a therapeutic practice, the way I can most fully express my creative visions."