By Hannah Triester
Each year, Harriton’s most innovative students transform their passions into official school clubs, involving their peers in academic, athletic, and creative endeavors. This year, Octavio Kim took it upon himself to launch his very own Embroidery Club, in which interested students of any skill level can gather twice a week to embroider a multitude of materials. Club members learn the basic techniques of the craft, including various stitches, and then use this foundation to produce unique patterns and stitched designs. As a member of the club myself, I went straight to its leader to get the inside scoop on this fantastic addition to Harriton’s collection of extracurriculars.
What initially drew you into embroidery?
I like clothes a lot, and it was a great creative outlet. I wanted to do stuff other people weren’t doing.
How did you learn advanced techniques and how long did this process take?
I looked at youtube videos for a week straight.
What is your favorite material to embroider? Why?
Denim, because I like embroidering stuff I can wear.
Describe your favorite embroidery that you have completed.
It's a secret, as it is currently in the process of creation.
What motivated you to introduce this art form to the Harriton community?
I wanted a chance to share my passion with other students and
mainly just embroider with my friends.
From your point of view, has the club been successful?
What would you tell a student who is interested in embroidery, but doesn’t know where to start?
Look at youtube videos and do your own thing, the whole point is to create something beautiful and original.
Are there any last words about embroidery?
Threading needles are the hardest part.
If you’re interested in joining, the embroidery club meets on Monday & Friday, Learn 2 in Ms. Jackson's room, Room 225