Crafters – Sarah K. Benning

If you follow me on Instagram or any other social media, maybe you have seen how much I love Sarah K. Benning‘s work. She is an embroidery designer from the US, currently living in the sunny Menorca, Spain, and who makes incredible pieces of art just by using a needle and thread. Take a look!

Sarah K Benning inspiration comes from the natural world.

She finds a lot of inspiration in nature. Like these cute cactus!

Interior inspired embroidery by Sarah K Benning

One of her last pieces that just got sold out on her shop

She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Shortly after graduating in 2013, she discovered her love for embroidery (that started just as a hobby!) becoming quickly a full-time job. She is totally self-taught, one of the things that fascinates me the most. Seeing makers like her… you just feel so inspired to do just about anything!

Doodles by Sarah K Benning from her work process2

Her embroidery designs always start with doodles and colour-thread choosing

Her creative process starts with some doodling (like the picture above) that then she transfers using pencil directly on to the fabric before filling in the image with thread. This usually takes a long time, as she shares on her own website, and by working with patience to assure that she maintains top quality craftsmanship.

Sarah K Benning starting a new project

Back of one of her works just as she is starting it

Sarah finds inspiration in her own potted plant collection at home and her love for nature. In the past she has also featured crystals and mineral formations on her embroidery…

Mineral formation embroidery by Sarah K Benning

One of her past mineral designs

Regarding materials, she uses wooden embroidery hoops in a variety of sizes and DMC 6-strand embroidery floss. Also chooses cotton and linen blends for the stitching, buying usually fabric remnants and using pieces from a collection of hand-me-down scraps from the mothers and grandmothers in her life. For the stitches, she modifies the traditional embroidery techniques as she goes, although the classic satin stitch is usually the foundation of every piece.

Behind one of her embroidery designs

Even the back of Sarah’s embroidery is interesting to see!

For anyone wanting to take on embroidery, Sarah gives some good advice: “Go get the basic materials (hoop, fabric, thread, needle, scissors) and just start experimenting! My work has evolved over the past 3 years and is my full-time job.  Believe me, I didn’t start out sewing complicated things. Be patient with yourself and have fun!”.

Sarah K Benning also offers a pattern program for people to learn

Sarah offers a pattern program that you can join every month

And if you love her designs as much as I do, take on her Etsy Pattern Program. On the 1st of every month she releases a new DIY pattern and PDF package packed with information and insider tips on how you can create your own beautiful piece of contemporary embroidery. She also offers one, three, six and a twelve month subscription with discounts on some of them. I chose the one month just to give it a go and honestly, I am totally hocked!

Detail of embroidery using Sarah K Benning design

I took this picture when the embroidery was almost finished!

The embroidery on the living room post Coco Wawa Crafts

You can hang it on your living room… (Now I want to make tons of them!)

What do you think? I loved it so so much I want to keep making more now! 🙂 And what I love the most is that it is totally rule-free, or almost! The possibilities are just endless…

Embroidery using Sarah K Benning pattern

The embroidery is finished!

Well guys, hope you liked this new post about Sarah and see you here again next week!

xx

Ana

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