jenny hartI spent last weekend at The Makerie retreat in Boulder, Colorado, learning from some of my crafting idols. I’m sharing what I learned in series of blog posts. Check out Monday’s post on Heather Jones & quilting, or the post on learning to draft your own patterns. Or, how about Amy Butler for a teacher! Yup. Well, out of all the superstars, here’s the woman I most wanted to meet: Sublime Stitching’s Jenny Hart.

sublime stitching kitEveryone in the class got this embroidery kit filled with the basics: floss, hoop, needles, little snip scissors, and a scroll to embroider on.

be the changeEmbroidery was my first crafty love, and I learned from Jenny’s book Embroidered Effects. Embroidery isn’t rocket science. It isn’t hard to learn, but I think a lot of people are intimidated because old-school embroidery, like cross-stitch, is sometimes strict with lots of rules. Jenny and her book showed me that this isn’t the case anymore. Embroidery is modern, fun, and so relaxed.

Now I teach embroidery at Fabric Bliss in Denver, and Jenny is my inspiration! I acted like a silly fangirl with her — but how could I not? She is so so awesome. And to embroider with her was a privilege and a dream!

~ Kristina

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