May 30, 2009

May 27, 2009

Beautiful dandelions

So delicate and exquisite. The colours, the stitching is absolutely perfect.

May 26, 2009

Wild Olive interview

I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing wildolive over the past couple of days. Her work is cute, free spirited and happy. You can check out more of her work on Flickr. I hope you enjoy her work and this interview as much as I did. She is such a sweet person!

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Mollie Johanson, I am 29, and I love to create. I have the pleasure of living with my artistic, creative, and sometimes a little crazy (in a good way!) family. Being part of this family has certainly contributed to who I am as an artist (when I feel bold enough to call myself that!). When I'm not crafting, I do freelance graphic design, and I love that it gives me the flexibility to work on my own projects during slower times. There is always a list of things that I want to be working on: new illustrations (to become embroidery patterns), painting, stitching, you name it. I love to create.

2. How did you get started stitching?

My first experience stitching was probably when I was very young, stitching little lines on my grandma's kitchen towels. She showed me how to do a running stitch with a single strand of thread, then let me go to it! Every once in a while I still come across towels with those threads in place. More recently, embroidery just seemed like a good fit for me. It is a fun and relaxing way to create my illustrations.

3. What inspires you?

So many of the things that I make are based on everyday objects, so I find inspiration in the mundane. Taking a cooked turkey, for example, and adding a face, makes it so much fun! Ultimately though, I see God as the source of all creativity, so He is my true inspiration...both in art and life.

4. What advice do you have for other needleworkers out there?

Learn to enjoy the process, even more than the product. Sure there will always be bits of frustration (don't get me started on my messed up french knots!), but when you take pleasure in the making, not just what you make, you'll be happier.

May 23, 2009

Summer activities

summer activities
photo by frasmotic

Multi-colored happiness!

May 22, 2009

More Scissor Love

I'm all hot 'n bothered from the floss and scissor porn on here. It forced me to bring out the scissors that turn me on the most. I found these in Chinatown a couple of years ago in one of those little dollar-store like shops with woks, tools, kitchen know the kind of store I'm talking about. I'm a-hoping we can find a source for them and offer these beauties for sale at Sublime Stitching so you can love on them, too. (eta: Maybe "scissor porn" doesn't sound quite as nice as "floss porn". Ouch!)

Cross-stitched Fight Club memorabilia

stitched by Ma Magasin

I'm sorry but I am wigging out on all things Ed Norton these days, and this Fight Club badge just makes my day. Awesomeness!

May 21, 2009

Horse embroidery

Horse Embroidery
stitched by la la la laurrenn

Really loving those bright colors!

Green Spring Lady

Green Spring Lady , originally uploaded by Amanda Panda Pants.

Oh my, this is so lovely! Great colours and the stitches are immaculate.

Must. bake. cake.

Super Outfit Saturday!
stitched by Sewsew-a-Gogo

Pretty much any phrase works for an embroidered knuckle tattoo, no? I envy the child that gets to wear this! :)

Please visit the awesome Etsy shop that inspired this embroidery: Living Thread.

Or, if you just love looking at knuckle tats, here's a couple more for you:

new cross stitch - cupcake knuckles
stitched by City the NZ Cupcake Queen

stitched by early bird special

May 20, 2009

Cherry pair

cherry pair (WIP)
stitched by kunderwood

Flippin' adorable! Cute little pattern by Wild Olive.

May 19, 2009

little bird

stitched by BridgetFarmer

Sweetness from artist and printmaker, Bridget Farmer. Her bird etchings are gorgeous, too.

May 18, 2009

Embroidery sketch book

Ok, pretty much every fiber of my being is excited at this embroidery sketchbook by elsiemarley. Isn't it a gorgeous, perfect idea for practice and jotting down your surroundings? Amazing! Read more on her blog.

May 16, 2009

Spring cleaning

large servings of floss
photo by shimelle

Any of you out there Spring cleaning too?

May 14, 2009

Embroidered Leather Wallets

(Cross-post from Dinosaurs and Robots): Sarah Duede embroiders on re-claimed leather and makes the most charming wallets. I love the mix of tough and soft. I can't imagine how rough this must be on the fingers! The results are stellar and striking.


Related: Jenny Hart's Embroidered Hair on Leather

May 13, 2009

I can't think of a title, originally uploaded by Stephanie Tillman.

- I am laughing too much!!

Seriously, I am just going to let this one speak for itself.

May 12, 2009

Happy indeed!

08postcard, originally uploaded by linzer heart.

Wow! How amazing is this happy lady? Whimsical, colourful, lovely!

First stitches

Embroidery by **stina**, on Flickr
picture by **stina**

Swooning at the sweetness of this! Look at those hands in motion!

Greta brooches

stitched by mary's granddaughter

I'm really loving these sweet and serious circus bears by Cindy. Like to see more? Visit her Etsy store.

May 9, 2009

Floss porn: Spools!


Do you like your embroidery thread skinny, pretty and a wee bit metallic? And on a spool? Well, we're equal opportunity here.

May 8, 2009

May 7, 2009

Flood of freebies!

free pattern from Polka Dot Bunny

free pattern from Wild Olive

Free Pattern @ Pimp Stitch
free pattern from Pimp Stitch

The pool is full of love this week! These would all be something sweet and simple to stitch up for ma or grandma. If you stitch these, be sure to add your picture to the pool!

Felt cookies

stitched by hondaj2006

Why do felt cookies always look so tasty?

May 5, 2009

Beautiful Mess

Cross post from Embroidery as Art: Shannon Genova (aka Giggly Mama) sent me an image of her Sublime Stitching pattern-turned-tattoo. But then, I took a sneaky peek at her flickr set and saw that she's been embroidering up a storm. I loved what I saw. Especially this "beautiful mess" (shown here) of therapeutic embroidery: free-form, no pattern at all- just soothing stitching.



My creative space...
stitched by edwardandlilly

I love the beauty of half-finished things. Gorgeous!

May 4, 2009

Time to....


These 2 beautiful pics stitched by momof7monkeys (grow) and memake (bloom).

May 1, 2009

Weapons of choice

photo by CutOut&Collect

Love this assortment of scissors by crafter Cheyne! Quick poll? How many pairs of scissors do you own? I'm up to 8.

Also, feel free to snap a pic of your scissor collection and add it to the pool! :)