For space geek and crafts blogger, Rachel Hobson, a state of nirvana has been reached and she couldn’t be any prouder if she tried. Her artwork can boast of having been to outer space. How many people can make such a claim?
The final launch of US Shuttle, Atlantis, brought both sadness and joy, but for Rachel, the moment was triumphant, for on board the spacecraft was a photograph of her needlework moonscape!
Last fall, the Houston mother, crafter and space enthusiast won a contest sponsored by NASA and Esty, an online crafters’ marketplace. Her 4 x 6 inch embroidery and crochet project depicting the surface of the moon was constructed from silk and cotton threads, ribbons and beads. It was photographed, transformed into a lighter weight print and slated for the shuttle’s last flight.
Childhood enchantment is not often enough captured in adulthood, but for Rachel, the vast mystery of space has been a source of fascination since she was a child and experienced a summer adventure at a Space Camp in Alabama. The 35-year-old had to squelch her dreams of becoming an astronaut because she lacked the necessary mathematical ability.
Her love for space is only matched by her love of crafting. These two aspects of her life drive her spirit in a positive direction and few things give her more joy than embroidering a new design on a hoop.
Rachel’s beautiful artwork may be small but it represents a big step to a return to the childhood dream that lives within in all of us. Her prize included a shuttle launch-viewing pass and for Rachel being that close to the shuttle was very emotional.
What could her next dream be?
While no one can really say, between being there for the shuttle’s last launch and knowing that her artwork was onboard, Rachel wasn’t near heaven; she was in it.