MIDWEST FIBER ARTS TRAIL
CEDARBURG SPUR WORKSHOP
The Peaceful Art of Embroidery
with Linda Sweek
Friday, March 16, 2018 1:00 to 5:00 pm
“Apart from yoga, meditation and reading, embroidery has to be one of the most serene things to do (don’t lose your needles though, that can create a severe lack of serenity).” Glorafilia: Impressionist Collection - Over 20 Needlepoint Projects Inspired by Famous Paintings, by Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus
The adult coloring book craze, while fun, is designed to give stressed-out grown-ups a mini-meditative experience. One of the most popular designs is the mandala and can be used as a tool to facilitate Mindfulness and Peacefulness.
Embroidery is a charming overlay embellishment that, similar to the coloring book, can also be a wonderful Mindful or Peaceful experience. In this class we will combine embroidery with peacefulness, by taking a look at famous or familiar mandala’s, having a short time of mindfulness silence and then turning the focus on the act of making. We will embroider a hand-stamped mandala on fabric in a circular motion and incorporate a variety of stitches to create a lovely embroidered piece. We will finish our mandala embroidered fabric into a sachet filled with lavender – a natural, peaceful stress reliever. Susan Lenz, my dear friend and fiber artist, said to me, “There is nothing more satisfying, relaxing, meditative than pulling a threaded needle through fabric.” I agree and hope you will all experience the Peaceful Art of Embroidery!
- Small scissors for cutting thread
- Small embroidery hoop, a 4” or 6" is best
- Fabric with hand-stamped design
- Embroidery floss skeins in various colors
- Needle threader
- Embroidery Stitches Guide
About Linda SweekAfter a successful 25-year career in marketing, public relations and communications leadership roles, Linda Sweek has had the good fortune of pursuing her passion of fiber and mixed media art for the past five years and starting her own business – Linda Sweek Designs. Besides fiber and mixed media artistry, Sweek teaches workshops and is the founder and host of Sew and Sew Retreats.
She has been privileged to exhibit her work in several juried art shows including the “Second Fiber Arts Biennale: Wisconsin State of the Art” at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Alverno College Alumnae Juried Art Shows, Grace Fine Arts Festivals and Milwaukee Third Ward Gallery Night’s. Her work is sold in numerous gallery’s and gift shops. Awards received include Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Award Nominee, Best of Houzz - 2014 Badge Award Winner and multiple Wisconsin State Fair first, second, third place ribbons in textile categories.
Sweek has a bachelor’s degree in professional communications with honors and a minor in liberal arts from Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also studied textile and folk art in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, and has explored art at more than 25 art museums from Paris to Florence, Vienna to London, Chicago to Honolulu, New York to Mexico City and beyond.