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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.  

Etsy Small Business Contest:

Please help me out by casting your vote! 

I've entered the Etsy Small Business Contest for a chance to win $10k to help grow and expand my business. I would forever appreciate your help (all you need to vote is a valid email address)! You can read the short essay I wrote about my early days on Etsy, how I found my way to stitching plants, and how my practice has transformed and evolved over the past four years.

Looking ahead to the future, I'd love the opportunity to create more #SKBDIY materials including video tutorials and online workshops in order to continue sharing my methods and love for embroidery to all who want to learn.


Visit my ETSY shop and subscribe to my Pattern Programs 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.

beginner friendly, march glasshouse pattern:


I am so excited to share my first-ever Advanced Contemporary Embroidery Pattern! The Elephant Ear + Rug Design will be available for purchase March 15 - April 15, 2017.

This pattern is designed for those with previous embroidery experience and a familiarity with embroidery materials and techniques. For more information about my #SKBDIY designs, be sure to check out my Pattern Program FAQ!

2017 spring workshops:

stitching in lisbon:

WHAT: Please join me at VOLTA for my final workshops (for now) in Europe.  In each session I will introduce participants to some of my favorite materials, sources of inspiration, and a series of my contemporary stitches and embroidery techniques. All materials will be provided including embroidery supplies and a selection of botanical designs. No experience is necessary, though all skill-levels are welcome. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

WHERE: Volta, LX Factory - Rua Rodrigues Faria 103. Edif. I Floor 1, Esp. 1.17A. 1300-501 Lisbon

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 10 - 14h + 16h - 20h / Sunday, March 26, 10 - 14h


embroidery in brooklyn:

WHAT: Join me in Brooklyn at Make Workshop for two spring stitching workshops.  In this hands-on workshop I will introduce participants to my favorite materials, stitches, techniques, and inspirations. All materials including fabric + hoop, needle, thread snips, pencil, and selection of botanical designs will be provided.  All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.  Advance class registration is required.

WHERE: Make Workshop, 256 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 12 - 4 pm / Sunday, April 23, 12 - 4 pm

These workshops are currently sold out. Please contact  Make Workshop to be added to the waiting list.

contemporary embroidery at the makerie:

WHAT:  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 for the spring Makerie creative retreat. In my Contemporary Embroidery workshops, participants will immerse themselves in the meditative and relaxing process of stitching and walk away with a new piece of contemporary art.

WHERE: The Makerie, Boulder Colorado

WHEN: April 27-30, 2017

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.


This design is now available as an #SKBDIY pattern in my Etsy Shop.  100% of all 'FIND KINDNESS' pattern sales will be donated on a monthly basis to the International Refugee Assistance Project, an organization dedicated to developing and enforcing a set of legal and human rights for refugees and misplaced persons.  By mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

Find this pattern here and learn more about IRAP at


© Sarah K. Benning 2016