In this four-part workshop, learn how to embroider using elements of your environment as the basis for designs.
With a simple running stitch and an observant eye, you can thread the colors and geometry that you encounter on a neighborhood walk into fabric, creating satisfying, meditative stitching patterns. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use elements of our environments as the basis for designing stitching patterns, playing with color and scale as we go. Over the course of four weeks, we’ll cover the basics of hand-stitching, trace the history of regional techniques, learn to turn sketches into geometric patterns, and finally, bring these patterns to fabric. By the end of the course, you’ll have produced a variety of stitched studies, a stitched wall hanging, and the basic skills to artfully depict your world in embroidery for yourself and to give to others.
This class is open to all levels; no prior embroidery experience is necessary.
Schedule at a Glance
There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four Thursdays, beginning November 19 (skipping November 26).
Session 1 (Thursday, 11/19, 7–8:30 PM ET): Embroidery as practice and protest
Session 2 (Thursday, 12/3, 7–8:30 PM ET): Pattern, scale, and color
Session 3 (Thursday, 12/10, 7–8:30 PM ET): From sketching to stitching
Session 4 (Thursday, 12/17, 7–8:30 PM ET): Show and tell
Atlas Obscura Online Courses
Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 20 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed a time that works for you for up to one week after they’ve aired.
To learn more about our current course offerings, please visit www.atlasobscura.com/online-courses.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this course through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.
Aaron Sanders Head is a Southern textile artist focused on natural dyes and hand-stitching. Aaron explores the intersections of practices of the past with contemporary craft, and the ways that sewing and textile arts can aid in increasing diversity and representation in the creative class. He is based in Greensboro, Alabama where he lives in an 1830s home with his partner, musician Tim Higgins, and two cats, Splenda and Turnip. He maintains an active studio practice and extensive dye garden used in his work.
This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that will meet on Thursdays over Zoom. Students will be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.
Students will be given weekly homework assignments related to what was covered in class, including practicing the running stitch, making a few sketches, and transferring those sketches to fabric.
There are 12 spots available on this experience.