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Night Sky Embroidery / Saturday, September 22nd / 10-1pm

$ 110.00

Learn to stitch the stars and connect the constellations with embroidery as we embellish a beautiful 1894 map of the night sky custom printed on a generous 14" x 26" panel of cotton linen canvas.  Perfectly suited for beginners, instruction will cover solid embroidery basics and essential stitches.  However, students with more embroidery experience are invited to join for a fun refresher course and the opportunity to stitch a large-format map.  All materials (custom sampler, embroidery floss, hoops and needles!) along with instructional diagrams are provided and included in the cost of the class.  Coffee and pastries will be served.

The superimposed text reads, "The night sky, stitched as it is with stars carries pieces of us all." - a gorgeous quote excerpt by author Lidia Yuknavitch.  The map, sourced from a vintage astronomy book in the British Library, depicts southern signs of the zodiac and constellations between declinations 45 degrees N and 45 degrees S.

What to do once you’ve completed your astronomical embroidery at home? This free-form sampler features wide margins making is easy to hem the edges for a wall hanging or incorporate the panel into a bolster pillow or larger quilted project!  We’ll discuss a world of options in this workshop.

Robert Mahar is a Los Angeles based artist and designer who develops and teaches imaginative crafts and clever do-it-yourself projects and products. Robert is one of eight makers to appear on the inaugural season of NBC’s crafting competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.  With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art.  Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive, discover his craft-inspired gift line for Knock Knock and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at http://robert-mahar.com.

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