Embroidery Class at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA

I became obsessed with embroidery this past spring. I don’t know what sparked my interest but I really wanted to get into it again. I used to dabble with embroidery when I was younger but totally forgot all of my skills. One goal in my 30 Before 30 Project was to take an embroidery class – I looked high and low for one but couldn’t find anything that fit what I was looking for. I had a few interested friends and we tried to teach ourselves together but it wasn’t the same as being taught by a professional. Finally, I found Gather Here, a local craft store that offers classes and signed up for their embroidery class!

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Gather Here is a lovely little shop that reminded me so much of a place I discovered on our cross country road trip in Portland, Oregon called Cool Cottons. Funky, hip, adorable.

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Gather Here offers tons of different classes – sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, etc. – and keeps the class size small for extra special attention. The class I took was taught by Virginia, the owner of the store, and was excellent. After taking this class I totally signed up for their quilting class in October because I was so inspired and excited by the class, the store, and the instruction.

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The embroidery class had four students including myself. When we arrived, each spot at the table was set up with a sampler of stitches, needle, scissors, and instructions.

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Before getting started we all picked out 5 colors of embroidery floss that we wanted to work with. I went Fall-inspired with mine.

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The class was 2.5 hours long and the whole time we alternated between learning a ton of great embroidery stitches and chatting/getting to know each other. It was super fun.

Progress on my sampler during the class:

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By the time the class was over here is what I had completed:

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Our instructor encouraged us all to complete them at home and I was definitely motivated to. Over the last week I worked on it on the train, carried my sampler in my backpack where ever I went, and sat out on the porch a bunch to work on it.

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Well yesterday I finally finished my sampler! It took me less than a week after the class and I added some additional stitches. I also embroidered on the labels for each stitch so I could remember each of them.

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Finishing my sampler gave me such good practice doing all of the stitches. I love it and can’t wait to do more embroidering!

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What do you think? Do you embroider? What are your favorite types of designs?

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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5 Responses to Embroidery Class at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA

  1. jadisajinn says:

    Very cool to find out Gather Here is a thing. Also also, Michaels in Porter opens in October!

  2. Kate says:

    How cute would that sampler be as wall decor for a sewing/craft area?

  3. Pingback: 30 Before 30 Project Recap | Domestocrat

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