For our first Phoenix workshop, we met at the Graduate Hotel in Tempe. Our rooftop venue had an open-air bar and views of downtown Tempe, the ASU campus, and A Mountain.
After mingling and ordering refreshing beverages, our guests gathered around the tables to get started on crafting their very own embroidered succulent key-chain. Then our guest expert, Kate Hughes, started the demonstration!
Kate is a self-taught embroidery expert located in Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up all over the U.S. in Michigan, New Jersey, Kansas, and Florida before settling in the deserts of Arizona. She began embroidering in 2015 and hasn't looked back. Specializing in cityscapes, family portraits, and even engagement & wedding portraits, Kate always creates one-of-a-kind pieces!
Following the introduction, Kate started by showing the group how to begin stitching the cactus with a small knot at the back of the fabric. Each person was given their own embroidery hoop, thread (in various shades of green - perfect for creating shadow and depth), and a key-chain.
As the night continued, we enjoyed the bright Phoenix sun as it began to set behind the mountains and the warm breeze (it got a little windy!)
We ordered more drinks and snacked on chips and salsa provided by Graduate Tempe. The weather was beautiful, and we loved watching the enthusiastic conversations and laughter!
As the project wound down, we added the finishing touches – the saguaro flowers, in colors of red, pink, and white. Each guest left with an embroidered saguaro key-chain and two homemade cookies shaped like a saguaro and Creative Tribe's bull-skull logo (thanks, Theresa!)