My first time.
I just got back from the DIY Salon at the Museum of Arts and Design. In honor of the exhibition Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, I was presented with the opportunity to try my hand at a variety of embroidery projects. I settled on the mixed media embroidery table because it seemed the most “me” – my friend Reine opted for the embroidery as text table. Alison Shanik, the teacher at the mixed media embroidery table was super nice, very patient, and produced beautifully embroidered cards. I know she has an Etsy shop which I will share as soon as I find it. She very clearly walked the group through the process of embroidering a sunburst pattern on vellum. I have never, ever embroidered anything because it scares me. How silly.
Reine suggested that I use embroidery in my journal. I think that is a lovely idea. I found the process straightforward and meditative. Perhaps this weekend I will try a backstitch.
Pricked: Extreme Embroidery was very cool as well. There were amazing black wings that spanned about 8 feet with an aluminum harness. The wings looked so rich and textured that the viewer sees feathers, but it is made from found gloves. The raddest sofa I ever did see was there, not to mention mugshot cross stitch. It was very inspiring. If you are in NYC, I recommend checking it out.