Getting Creative at My Art-Broidery Workshop February 16 2016

Valentine's Day is usually a quiet, restful time spent with my family. But this year was different - I spent the afternoon teaching a fun, Art-Broidery workshop at the Co-Lab Gallery in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles.  In keeping with the Valentine's theme, the gallery was filled with all kinds of original chalk drawings and heart-related art prints from a curated art show called "Paper Hearts".

Gallery Director and Curator Kristen Hector transformed the workshop space into a cheery, warm setting with the red checkered tablecloths and a lovely fresh flower arrangement graced the center of our work area. Kristin also dropped florals in small glass vases and dropped random rose petals on the tables. 

Every student received a complete set of materials/supplies (including stitch guide, embroidery hoop, needle, threader, embroidery threads, and practice stitch sampler) needed for their creative time. We started out by introducing the students to threading a needle and loading the hoop. Then we practiced a few basic stitches to warm up and we were ready to begin our projects. It was super fun seeing all of the imaginative "word play" as students planned out and designed their own unique Art-Broidery. 

The workshop time went by so quickly as we found ourselves enjoying all of the sweet treats and mimosas while creating. I really love sharing my embroidery skills with friends and students so interested in learning. Thank you Co-Lab Gallery for hosting my workhop - this was definitely community at its best!