August 29, 2008

Consume less, live more

read more on Karin's blog

One of the things I love most about crafting and blogging is this very idea: finding more enjoyment in the things you make and see and do than in the things you buy.

August 27, 2008

For the Love of Collage

This little quiltie named Vera's Laundry Quilt by Gunnel I found on Flickr.

This one titled Grandmother's Sewing Box.

This one titled Januari 08.

This one titled Swimsuit Quiltie.

Gunnel, who lives in Sweden, included some techniques on her blog and Flickr photos, so be sure to check out her work. She also has an Etsy Store.

Gunnel's use of vintage things makes it especially attractive to me. She incorporates paper and fabric and buttons and embroidery----all of the things I love to use in my work, also. One more collage to spend some time looking at........

Fabric Collage

August 25, 2008

The Summer Craftster Challenge Winner

This summer on the needleworks board we had the Summer Sampler Challenge. There were so many AMAZING entries. I was totally blown away by everyone's talent. The votes are in and ZombieKilla's "Self Acceptance" won! It was such a wonderful message and some great stitching. Thanks to everyone who voted and participated in the challenge. You guys RAWK! Be on the lookout for the Fall Challenge coming in the next few weeks.

The Winner!

All of the entries. BE WARNED-Some are not suitable for work or children!
1. Take a breath, 2. Self Acceptance, 3. Taking back the domestic arts, 4. The Heavy 7, 5. Thomas Merton, 6. Those shoes are mine, 7. Tom Waits, 8. What's your damage, 9. officesampler, 10. Make Love, Not Warcraft, 11. King of the Zombies.Shaun of the Dead, 12. It's Sew Time, 13. Han Solo said it best, 14. Grandma Besty's Biscuits, 15. Flight of the Conchords, 16. Eat yer heart out, 17. Dumb and Dumber, 18. Dirty pillows, 19. Cold War, 20. Bloody Submission

August 23, 2008

Something Sweet...

from kunderwood
cotton candy

from miss niff
Ice Lolly embroidery

from Amy
Pimp Cake

I don't know about you peeps but if I embroidered something this sweet I might have to give it a nibble... it just looks so tasty! :)

August 22, 2008

A Stitching Library of Beauty

Buttonhole Stitch

I don't know much about this artist from Germany, but I spotted her work when searching for special embroideries. This method appears to use already printed fabric and embellished with stitches that enhance that pattern.

Detached Chain Stitch

Her Flickr name is Veri's Kleiner Winkel. I love all the color splash and detail.

Algerian Eye Stitch

I was very inspired by this work and I hope you are, too!

August 15, 2008

It almost looks edible!

These are lovely coasters I found in Debra Gangelhoff's etsy store
and so I checked out her Flickr photos and found more delicious embroidery.

I love the combination of crochet and embroidery, wool and color choice. I want to get out my thread everytime I look at such beautiful pieces! Debra has many other pictures in the Feeling Stitchy Flickr pool.

Debra says she has been inspired since she was a child by the sight of a woman with needle and thread creating something beautiful. It really shows, Debra! Thanks for sharing your work with us!

August 7, 2008

el chimuelo

Yet another reason why Claudia rocks my world. Read more about el chimuelo on her blog, Stitchado.

August 6, 2008

Spam! Spam! Spam!

Don't you just hate spam mail? Me too. It's stupid and a waste of 1's and 0's... Well, I've decided to use some of the ridiculous spam email titles to embroider. For no particular reason at all. This one is a work in progress, it will eventually say: "undeliverable pleasure come to claim it". It almost doesn't make sense. Maybe that is the redeeming side to spam mail; its sheer, almost poetical, silliness.

Also, allow me to coin a new word: spambroidery. ;-)

August 5, 2008

Such wonderfulness

Fruit Girl - WIP
from Early Bird Special

Do any of you guys do Facebook? If so you'll understand how charming a fruit is when it's worn on one's head... :)

And, for you Facebook-ers, there's some cute new flair on the block... just do a search for "feeling stitchy"...

Paris on my Mind

I've been thinking a lot about Paris lately. I do love all things French, but have not been there in a long time. Hopefully we'll get to make a trip there soon - in the meantime, here are some lovely French inspired embroidery from Flickr!

1. Pincushion, 2. Eiffel tower pillowcases, 3. I see London I see France..., 4. beret girl detail, 5. The Market Bag, 6. Eiffel Tower, 7. FELT COASTER Blue Eiffel 1 (set), 8. Pisa and Paris., 9. French Kitchen Towels, 10. Set. no.2, 11. Edie's Sheets, 12. Velo a Paris, detail 2006

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.