September 23, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 71 with Sweet Addie Beth


Hello stitchy friends! I hope you've had a great week :) Today we're featuring @sweetaddiebeth. Laura makes state hoops embellished with pretty florals and personalized hoops. I especially like her "I promise to put a smile on your face every day" hoop. The colors are so pretty, and her stitching is beautiful. You can find out more about Laura and her shop Sweet Addie Beth on her Instagram feed and Etsy shop.

A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on



A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on



A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on




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September 21, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #19: Namaste Embroidery


I've been admiring the gorgeous handwork of Namaste Embroidery for some time, so I was quite excited to see this lovely Floral Wreath PDF Pattern in her shop. This would make a perfect sampler for a birth or a wedding, or just something beautiful for yourself.

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on my blog, and find my vintage transfer collection at Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

September 20, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - 'Rag Face'


Yoon Ji Seon's 'Rag Faces' stare at you in vividly appealing colours that draw your eye in. Her series 'Rag Face' is an accumulation of three years of her work and has been on show at New York's Yossi Milo Gallery last year and the Gallery at BRIC House earlier this year.


The artist stitches into her photographed self portraits. Taking self portraits wearing a variety of different expressions, Yoon Ji Seon incorporates a lot of humour into her pieces:
"I didn’t just want beauty. I’m not against beauty, but I didn’t want to put a general beauty inmy work. I wanted to put some humour. One of my nephews, when he saw the work, said, “Aunt, you have noodles coming out from your nose.” It was fun, and I wanted to put some humour in it."


Stitching by hand and with her sewing machine, layer after layer rich textures are constructed. The layers of thread are combined and unite to create new tones and shades. The direction of stitches are changed to create shadows, depth and dimension in her pieces.


Yoon Ji Seon openly and humorously explains how she began working with the sewing machine and how she developed her style. "I never learned how to sew with a sewing machine. I tried to make stitches, and I made lot of mistakes. I mostly learned from the mistakes. It’s not normal sewing, like for clothes. It’s very different from that kind of sewing. The sewing machine broke many times. The man who fixes the machine insisted that I stop. I was torturing the sewing machine. It’s not a common way to use it. At the beginning, I’d stitch by hand, but those were small pieces. Now that my work is getting bigger and thicker, I mostly use the machine."


Yoon Ji Seon talks about her working process where she often works throughout the night. Her studio environment was very compact and she didn't have enough space to lay out her larger pieces of artwork whilst sewing at the machine and would frequently have to roll up her work and continue to stitch from memory. "I had to roll it while I was working. My room is very small, so I couldn’t unroll it to see the work. I had to remember everything I did. That’s why I couldn’t stop working and that’s why I didn’t sleep."


In Korean culture it is regarded a taboo to ornament or cover your body, for example with paint. Yoon Ji Seon's work has previously shocked local audiences as they struggle to can't understand her work and are fearful of it. Yoon Ji Seon states that "We think that hurting our body or destroying our body is not beautiful and very disrespectful to our parents.... It’s a taboo. I once planned a solo exhibition but it was cancelled because people were scared of what I did."


Inspired by traditional Korean masks, her needlework spreads and covers the original photographs often leaving only the eyes visible, thus forming a mask over the photographs. The artist explains. “Masks are very attractive because masks have various kinds of facial expressions and they usually exist as substitute personalities that express real-live people’s desires. I never tried to imitate these masks, but they often inspire me.”

I feel warmed by Yoon Ji Seon's striking 'Rag Faces' which are full of character and intrigue. I hope you enjoy them too!

Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

September 16, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 70 with Lolli and Grace


Good morning! This Friday we're featuring @lolliandgrace. Anne's Instagram feed is so colorful and beautiful! Her pictures are gorgeous and beautifully staged. I adore her Lady Flower Crown hoops that use appliques using pretty fabrics to add visual pop. You can find out more about Anne and Lolli and Grace on her Instagram feed and Etsy shop.







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September 15, 2016

Free Halloween Sampler Pattern by Amy

Halloween Sampler by Amy Byrne a.k.a. Random Acts of Amy

Hello, Stitchers! Our regular Friday Instagram Finds author, Amy from Random Acts of Amy, is offering a free Halloween Sampler pattern over on her blog. This is her very first pattern and it is wonderfully detailed - with a full guide to colors, stitches, and number of strands to use. She'd love to see you stitch it up! Follow the link above to get the pattern.

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on my blog, and find my vintage transfer collection at Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

September 14, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #18: Hawthorn Handmade


I adore the colors and stitches in this lovely Bear Embroidery Kit. The kits by Hawthorn Handmade look so detailed and a great place to start your stitching or a small side project for the more experienced stitchers.

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on my blog, and find my vintage transfer collection at Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

September 9, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 69 with Oh Sew Bootiful


Hello - it's Fri-YAY! This Friday we're featuring Steph and her Instagram feed @ohsewbootiful. Steph lives in Blackpool in the United Kingdom. Steph creates modern and fun embroidery kits and needlework patterns, and her kits come with everything you need to complete them. You can find out more about Steph and Oh Sew Bootiful on her Etsy shop and Instagram!




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September 7, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #17: SweaterDoll


How adorable is this Fox and Bear pairing on Etsy by SweaterDoll? The shop also offers a pre-printed fabric design of the two, if you'd like to save yourself a fabric transfer. Sweetly simple and a fun-looking stitch for beginners.

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on my blog, and find my vintage transfer collection at Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

September 6, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - Silhouettes


The French artist Nastasja Duthois explores silhouettes and shadows with needle and thread. Common themes occurring in her work are people, landscapes and animals and she likes to express the fleeting moments and surprises in everyday life.


Nastasja began incorporating embroidery into her artworks several years ago as a progression from her pictures using a biro or ball point pen. 'I have done a lot of art with ball point pen and I use needle and thread, in the same way, to trace contours or to fill areas.'
Nastasja creates beautiful line work in her unique style, often transferring techniques adopted with the pen such as cross hatching with thousands of individual hand stitches.


Currently exhibiting in Auray, France, it's exciting to see what she will produce next.



Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

September 5, 2016

MooshieStitch Monday: Plushwork (with cotton floss)


Last week, I posted about plushwork with tapestry wool.

I decided to try the same technique with six strand cotton embroidery floss and thought I would share a quick post about how it turned out!


amish stumpwork

I used the same template and a variegated pink floss.


Half way through my first layer of satin stitches - so far I like how it looks with the variegated pink.

plushwork

I completed 4 layers of floss on each petal.


Once again - the fun part - cutting through the layers.

plushwork

Pull out the template...

plushwork

Here is what it looked like before I "fluffed" it ...


Here is what it looks like after.


I really like the end result with the embroidery floss! I also thought it was easier to stitch with the floss than wool, since wool is much more bulky, but I am also new to wool stitching.

A few more photos of different angles...




I see lots of possibilities of using this technique to add more dimension to my stitching too.



What do you think? Which version do you like better - cotton floss or wool?

I have a few more ideas for plushwork, so you may be seeing some more posts about it in the future.....




Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss. In my spare time I'm hanging out with my dog Sega, planning my next hike, or trying to convince my husband to draw me embroidery patterns. You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch and Flickr.

September 2, 2016

Friday Instagram Finds No. 68 with Plaid Love Threads


Good morning, stitchy friends! This Friday we're featuring @plaidlovethreads. Valerie creates bright and colorful embroider. Valerie is based in the Bay Area, and - fun fact - used to be a Disneyland Tour Guide! I really like her necklaces where she layers lace and adds pretty embroidery. You can find out more about Valerie and Plaid Love Threads on her Etsy shop and Instagram!







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Find me on: Instagram | Random Acts of Amy | Etsy

August 31, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #16: Gulush Threads


This sweet Cactus Study PDF pattern by Gulush Threads has fascinating details and gorgeous colors - and at my last check, is on sale.

I first found Gulush Threads through her lovely Instagram feed, @gulushthreads and fell in love with her unique sense of bright color and texture, I highly recommend following her feed to see what she's up to.

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on my blog, and find my vintage transfer collection at Vintage Transfer Finds.

Feel free to email me with any ideas for the blog!

August 29, 2016

Mooshiestitch Monday: Plushwork

Plushwork Embroidery

Have you ever heard of plushwork embroidery? It is also called chenille work or Amish stumpwork. 

I had never heard of this technique before until I randomly came across a tutorial for it online - so I decided to try it out and share it with you!

First, you should really check out this awesome tutorial. It includes step by step instructions with excellent photos and a handy pdf template to print the design!

I printed the template, traced and cut out a flower using a cover of a plastic container (specifically from a yogurt container!).



My first try was with Appleton wool on linen fabric.



The technique is very easy to learn -  if you know satin stitch you can do this!


Done with the first layer.


I repeated two more layers of the same wool.


The next step is my favorite - cutting the layers!

Amish Stumpwork

After I cut all the layers I removed the plastic template.


Here is the finished plushwork flower!


See how fluffy! It reminds me of turkey work.


I think it could have used a couple more layers of wool to make it fluffier, especially in the center of the flower, but it was good practice.

Next, I chose a bigger size flower, cut the template out of cardboard instead of plastic - it worked just as well - and I used DMC tapestry wool.


Here it is with one layer of light blue and adding my second layer of dark blue.


Added another layer of dark blue - for a total of three wool layers.


Cut through the layers and remove the template...

Chenille Work

Chenille Work

Notice the difference with the DMC tapestry wool? It is a thicker wool than the Appleton wool. 

Chenille Work

I definitely like the end result with the thicker DMC wool. What do you think?

Chenille work

Have you ever heard of plushwork? 

If you decide to give it a try, be sure to post your photos in the Feeling Stitchy Flickr Group or tag your photos on Instagram!


For more plushwork inspiration, check out this great Pinterest board.





Hi! I'm Michelle (aka Mooshie) and I've been stitching since 2007. I own more embroidery hoops than I will ever need and am a borderline hoarder of floss. In my spare time I'm hanging out with my dog Sega, planning my next hike, or trying to convince my husband to draw me embroidery patterns. You can find me on my blog, MooshieStitch and Flickr.

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