Hi Friends! Today on the blog we have story time (there’s a recap at the end if all you want to do is look at the pictures, I won’t be offended).
A few weeks ago I packed a backpack, set an alarm for 4 AM, and flew across the country to my beautiful home state of Colorado. Why? To take an embroidery class! If you think a 4 AM flight for an embroidery class is a little… drastic, you obviously have never been to a Makerie workshop. I’ve now been to two, and I am here to tell you that Ali and Emily are nothing short of magical. Ali and Emily are like… these amazing fairies who turn everything they touch into creative, magical, special places and we should revere and/or appoint them world dictators. I would be so down to live in a dictatorship as long as it was led by Ali and Emily. That took a weird turn. Onward!
This particular Makerie, the Mini Makerie, was held in my mom’s studio! In our house! I didn’t even have to put on real pants to attend! I did, but I didn’t have to, and if that’s not the dream, I don’t know what it.
Our teacher, Adriana Torres, makes the most incredible art. She made this sampler for her daughter, and you can really get a sense of her color palette and look from it. Her embroidery is otherworldly- tiny stitches, adorable creatures, and a color palette that somehow perfectly illustrates her. Click over to her site to see more. She’s incredible.
Adriana and her team make these adorable little elephants! I’m obsessed.
First things first, we gathered our color wheels. Adriana taught us all about color: hue, saturation, and brightness. This is my wheel, with all the colors and their different iterations laid out. I clearly don’t like pink.
On day two we made a sampler and learned a dozen stitches. Since I’m already a stitcher, I knew some of them, but Adriana has a really particular way of doing them, so I feel like it was all new information. We were so busy that I didn’t get a picture of them, and Teryn wasn’t around so sadly they are lost to the wind. That’s okay though, some things don’t need to be photographed to be special.
On the other hand, this wall in boulder begs to be shared. They painted it last summer and I finally tricked someone into taking pictures of me in front of it before we went to dinner at one of my favorite Boulder restaurants, pizzeria locale (thanks, mom!).
One of the things I love most about embroidery is that it is firmly rooted in history. The first embroideries were in China during the warring states period, and the art has flourished from there. Almost every culture in the world has some sort of decorative stitching and I have so many thoughts and feelings about it. I have written multiple school papers on it. I’m not kidding.
On day three we embroidered the heads and shells of this adorable little plush armadillos! How stinking cute are they?
Recap: Ali & Emily should be dictators; armadillo feet are cuter detached than on.