Kansas City is such a fun place to be a creative. Now, mind you, I never, EVER thought I’d be a part of the creative community here, but now that I am, I’m constantly amazed by the cool work everyone is doing. I especially love watching people I’ve known for a while grow their creative endevours and become incredibly successful. This is definitely the case when it comes to Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul Studios!
You might remember Kristen from when she guest posted here on the blog waaaaayyyy back in the day (click here to read). Kristen and I met through mutual friends, and I think she’s such a kind, smart, crafty lady. We have both been working our butts off the past few years, and haven’t had as much time to connect, but I’ve been watching her adventures via social media. A few years ago, she started Eat Drink Stitch, a monthly series of embroidery happy hours, workshops and crafty events that rotate around various bars and restaurants in the Kansas City metro. Guest stitchers can choose between one of two embroidery designs that have been transferred onto fabric. Each unique pattern is created especially for the event.
I was so pumped to be the Guest Blogger at a recent Eat Drink Stitch event held at the Westport Flea Market. As a first time stitcher (and long time horrible crafter) I was a little nervous, but Kristen immediately put me at ease. Many of the guests in attendance were first timers, and Kristen wandered the room, helping get people started and helping them through rough spots.
The stitchers were able to choose from five different patterns, and each person received a mini stitch kit with everything they needed to complete their project. I sat at a super fun table with a few of Kristen’s old work colleagues, many of whom had never stitched before either! The Kansas City-themed pattern I chose was way more simple than it looked, and I was finished in about an hour. Stitchers can take as much or as little time to finish their projects, with most people finishing between one and two hours (while munching on snacks from the Flea Market, of course!).
All in all, I had a great time, and I am already planning attending another Eat Drink Stitch event soon with my book club! When my friends saw my photos on social media, they all wanted to know when we were going together!
For more information on the next Eat Drink Stitch event near you, visit their website at eatdrinkstitch.com!