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Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice.  She creates highly detailed, hand embroidered works of art inspired by nature and interior design.  


Visit my ETSY shop to subscribe to my monthly Pattern Program and embark on your own D.I.Y. stitching adventure using my contemporary designs and easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  This month I am feeling the florals and have designed this sweet potted duo that are great for all skill levels!

Follow along with the fun, share your progress, and see other subscribers' work with #skbdiy on Instagram.


Join me in Brooklyn, November 12 + 13, at Make Workshop for two embroidery workshops.  I will share some of my design process, inspirations, favorite materials and techniques while we all stitch away on some brand new pieces of contemporary embroidery!

WHEN: November 12, 12-4 pm and November 13, 12-4 pm

WHERE: Make Workshop, 256 3rd Avenue/Union, Brooklyn, NY

WHAT'S PROVIDED: A selection of original designs, an embroidery hoop + fabric, a needle, thread snips, and a pencil for you to keep, and embroidery floss for us to share.

WHAT YOU TAKE HOME: A new piece of contemporary embroidery + you kit materials + any thread you may need to finish your piece.

All materials will be provided and all experience levels are welcome.  Spaces are limited and pre-registration is necessary. 

Please visit for tickets.


I am so excited to be heading 'home' to Baltimore, Maryland for two embroidery workshops at Trohv on November 6!

All materials will be provided for these workshops, plus some light + boozy refreshments!)

WHEN: Sunday, November 6, 10am - 12:30pm + 1 - 3:30pm

WHERE: Trohv Home + Gift, 921 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

WHAT: A contemporary embroidery workshop where no previous stitching knowledge is necessary and all experience levels are welcome.  All you need is a little patience and an open mind!  I will demonstrate my particular embroidery techniques ranging from transferring a design to preparing to hang your hoop and all the stitching methods in between, while encouraging participants to experiment with the materials and embrace the making process.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

EMAIL to join the waiting list.

contemporary embroidery at the makerie:

I am so honored to be a teaching Contemporary Embroidery at The Makerie in Boulder, Colorado this coming Spring, April 27-30, 2017!  I will be joining an incredible group of women including Arounna KhounnorajElise GoodwinGeninne ZlatkisLizzy House, and Sarah Neubert to teach textile-oriented workshops tucked away at the base of the Flatiron Mountains.

I will guide participants through a contemporary embroidery project emphasizing drawing, composition, and fresh color combinations while celebrating intuitive decision making and a departure from the traditional conventions of hand-embroidery.

Participants will immerse themselves in the meditative and relaxing process of stitching and walk away with a new piece of contemporary art.

for more information and to make a reservation, please visit

In this increasingly fast-paced world & the unprecedented amount of information we’re all trying to process, this retreat provides the time & space to slow down & use the magic of your own hands. 

This three-day creative retreat is held at the base of the majestic Flatiron Mountains of Boulder, Colorado.  Nourish your creativity, connect with nature, and make wonderful things with your hands in this cozy and inspiring hideaway.  This retreat offers modern, creative, textile-focused workshops taught by renowned artists, locally sources healthy meals, evening programs centered around living a creative life, personal growth and well-being, plus the chance to connect with fellow creatives in an intimate setting.  A nurturing escape designed for self-care and creativity for makers of all kinds.


Every one of my creations is meticulously hand-stitched, emphasising craftsmanship, drawing, and playful color and shape combinations!