Houston artist Rachel Hobson sends embroidery into space with shuttle Atlantis

by Bill Davenport July 13, 2011

Combining her loves of crafting and space exploration, self-described “hand embroidery-obsessed, massive space geek” Rachel Hobson of Houston saw a print of one of her embroidered pieces take flight with the final mission of the space shuttle Atlantis. Hobson won a contest sponsored by NASA and Etsy with a thickly-textured 4×6″ patch depicting the moon’s surface; although the patch itself was too heavy for the shuttle’s tight weight budget, a slim photographic print of the piece will make the space trip. Along with art-in-space opportunity, Hobson herself got a trip to view the launch in Florida.

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