April 30, 2009

Billions of bullions

embroidered pouch - details
stitched by kasienka_krolewna

Have any of our readers attempted the bullion stitch? These beautiful bullions make me almost want to try... There's helpful instructions and a video tutorial on Needle n' Thread if you're so inclined - view the tutorial.

April 29, 2009

Spring

APPLE TREE IN THE FIELDS - SPRING hand embroidered original wall art
stitched by Hareanddrum - Her Etsy store

Isn't her work beautiful?


Thanks again to everyone who's been chiming in on the previous post. You have all been super honest, kind, and up front with your opinions - to me, that's what the indie craft movement is all about. Thanks, everybody!

April 25, 2009

Floss porn

Embroidery Thread
picture by Whitebutton

I am introducing a new label to our blog (you guessed it) - floss porn. Because I think I'm not the only person who loves to stare at pictures of embroidery floss. And covet them fiercely. :)


Or, am I the only weirdo here? ;)

April 24, 2009

Free PDF Pattern

Embroidery from My New Workshop PDF

Mollie just keeps whipping out the cute free stuff! Visit her blog for a free PDF that walks you through how to create a fabric cover for your sewing basket. Best of all the cute pattern for that smiling sewing machine is included. Woo-hoo! Get the Pattern!

Ring around...

embroidery
stitched by aurapim

Beautiful!

April 23, 2009

Chinese acrobat

Acrobat
stitched by glazedangel101

Oh these Chinese acrobats! Awesomely stitched by Angie from the new pattern by Sublime Stitching. Want to try it? Pattern available here.

April 22, 2009

Earth day freebie

Made With Love Earth embroidery pattern

Check out this sweetness from Mollie (wild olive)! 2 freebies in one day... my fingers can't keep up! :)

Felt sachet corsets!

3 sachet corsets & a pattern
Free pattern from rectangel

Erin is offering this free pattern in our pool - sheesh, thanks Erin! Just looking at these cute corsets makes me want to stitch up a thousand. And boy, do my drawers need it. :)

April 21, 2009

How I Roll

this is how i roll
stitched by pepperstitches

If you squint, you can see your sushi roll is smiling at you...

April 20, 2009

Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea embroidery
stitched by GeorgiaMcDonald

When I was a kid, I remember being annoyed when I read stories and the accompanying illustrations were boring. As I recall, I loved the Princess and the Pea story but the illustration in my book was black and white and so dull. If I had seen this embroidery, I would have been blown away... the little kid in me just says Hooray!


Stitched from a pattern by Polka Dot Bunny.

Penny Leaver-Green

I for one love art, embroidered or otherwise, that tells a story, has lots of interesting details and also is lovely to look at. Penny Leaver-Green definitely ticks all those boxes. She explores diferent topics in a very poetic way. For anyone in those necks of the woods, she will be exhibiting at the Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair in Devon, England 5-7th June.

Who or what inspires you?
My children, my friends, the news, the fabric and thread

How long have you been stitiching? What got you started?
I was taught to stitch in a very conventional and thorough way at school by a very strict teacher called Miss Lax- I loved it, but only really began to explore it as a medium when I had my first child -7 years ago.

Do you have a favourite stitch? Why?
Not really- I could do with experimenting with many more - although I find that couching stitch makes a bold impression and for that reason use it often.

Tell us about your subject matter...
My subject matter is diverse- I recently produced a body of work which sought to explore our relationship with birds- from the way we exploit them to our admiration and reverance of them- I also often return to children's stories and try to represent moments of danger or dischord within them. I want to make a viewer think about the subject matter and so hope to provoke rather than just satisfy.

What perceptions of embroidery do you encounter?
I use embroidery to create pictures and so consider it an art form- as well as a craft. I like to think of the needle and thread as a brush or pen and line. I have found people increasing receptive.

Why is embroidery worth spending time on?
The process is extremely satisfying - as a piece of work develops and grows the progression happens at a controllable pace- mistakes can be rectified and the end image is invariably a reflection of this process.

Are there any other embroiderers in the group pool that you have noticed?
I love Quinn 68 who uses embroidery in her beautiful dolls and also contemporaryembroidery who has a real handle on the craft.

April 18, 2009

No more wire hangers

Finished coat hanger
stitched by Mrs Gibson's Atelier

I'm telling you, you people are hilarious. It would be just like me to crack up laughing every time I saw that on my wall (if I was fortunate enough to have it on my wall). Truly golden, Mrs. Gibson.

Tough and delicate


Stitched Tonka, originally uploaded by pennyleavergreen.

I was just picking some pictures from Penny Leaver-Green's photostream to go with an interview on Monday and I came across this one.

A Tonka truck. Isn't it cool?

April 17, 2009

Today's program was brought to you by the letter:

D Initial
stitched by What Delilah Did

Is it just me or is cross-stitch getting more beautiful?

The sky isn't the limit


"reading the stars", originally uploaded by miniature.rhino.

Not in embroidery anyway. My goodness, these are amazing. I love astronomy, but I never thought of embroidering constellations or other nightly 'creatures'.

Although, maybe I should, after all there is a constellation named after me. Okay, maybe not, but it does have the same name as me. ;-)

And can I just say again how much I love these? They are (excuse the pun) stellar!

Beautifully covetous

wishes
stitched by fieldguided

What happens when you can't afford a dress? Well, if you're the lovely Anabela, you immortalize it on a doily. Thereby making something even lovelier.

April 15, 2009

Cross Stitch on Brick

xstitchonbrick2
photo by suzie sew

The world needs more graffiti like this.

NLA tower t shirt


NLA tower t shirt, originally uploaded by Tobyboo.

Hey, how cool is this? I love the lines of this piece. It has the rough and ready feel of a blind contour drawing. Plus, it's a building, in stitches. Fab.

It is a building in Croydon (London). You can read more about it here, if you're so inclined.

Working by the pool

Working by the pool
stitched by woolly fabulous

I'm loving these chunky stitches and bright colors. If wool didn't make me itch so much, I might have to go out and grab some.

April 14, 2009

Super Egg Girl

super egg girl (scanned image)
stitched by fric_de_mentol

Found this too late for Easter but it's wonderful all the same.

Leafy


Orla, originally uploaded by erinsy.

This is a beautiful piece. Inspired by the work of Orla Kiely. But lovely inits own right as well. I love the colours.

I suspect this won't be the last we see of erinsy here on Feeling Stitchy.

April 12, 2009

Happy Easter-Happy Spring


This made me smile and happy today when I saw this on Roxy Creations Flickr.

Happy Easter!

bunny embroidery
stitched by small::bird

Based on a free embroidery pattern by Badbird: get it here. I love how Jenna simplified the pattern so it wouldn't be so imposing for a beginner - this is her first embroidery. She's off to a very good start, no?

April 11, 2009

April 10, 2009

Business Time

Business Time
stitched by giddygirlie

Gotta love someone who uses the Flight of the Conchords song "Business Time" as inspiration for embroidery.

Ladies


Waiting for a 1A, originally uploaded by gillian.bates.

Oh wow, I just stumbled upon the work of Gillian Bates. It is really quite amazing and inspiring. You must check it out this very minute!

There is even a kid with an ice cream cone! Go, go look!

Happyscape by Carina

Happyscape Spring embroidery pattern
stitched by Carina

Our very own Carina unveiled a new embroidery pattern on her blog this week. She'll be giving away this pattern to one lucky person, see details on her blog.

April 9, 2009

Beauty to start the day


"wish you could see this too", originally uploaded by miki sato.

Oh my lordy, you must, gotta, have to go check out the work of miki sato!!

They are beautiful illustrations made from textile, and of course with embroidery. So, so lovely!

Interview with Penny Nickels

In her own words, Penny Nickels is 'long winded'. But I don't think we mind? Isn't it great to get to know the embroiderers and what inspires them? I definitely think so! Once you have read the interesting things she has to say, I encourage you to check out her blog as well. She has a shop too (some things NSFW, though).

Who or what inspires you?
When I'm in the conception stage of a project, I try to stay away from looking at other peoples work so that I don't end up overly influenced by them, or worse, subconsciously ripping them off. Mostly I look at traditional regional costumes and textile designs. I have a ka-billion picture books showcasing folk art, clothing, and fiber arts. I look for interesting color combinations and stitches. Right now my favorite books are Kyrgyzstan by Claudia Antipina, which made me jealous that I don't have any history of traditional costumes, and Embroidered Textiles: A World Guide to Traditional Patterns by Sheila Paine. It has a whole chapter on the witchy magic of embroidery. Like how to protect yourself with certain stitches, and how if a man catches you embroidering, you can tangle him up in your thread. Right now I'm into Moroccan Tile design for inspiration. I'm starting an embroidered quilt based on those geometric designs.

How long have you been stitiching? What got you started?
I've been embroidering and hand spinning for about four years, knitting for ten, and weaving on and off since I was twelveish. I was a printmaker for about fifteen years. I worked in mezzotint, aquatint, and relief.

Unfortunately, playing with gouges obsessively really strained my hands and I had to put it aside. In printmaking, particularity in relief printing, you only have a few stops between black and white. So it's like white, light grey, dark grey, black, and it's mostly defined by hatching and implied lines. Because I worked that way for so long, I'm always breaking down any image I think of into those parameters, and I found that it translated really well into the mechanics of embroidery. Most of my embroidery series started out as relief prints.

Do you have a favourite stitch? Why?
I have a love hate relationship with french knots. They remind me of stippling or the marks you get with a mezzotint rocker. I always end up using hundreds of them, and they start to exhaust me.

Tell us about your subject matter...
Wowza. I'm trying to organize my brain for this one.
Okay, every house I lived in growing up had a dedicated library, and really extensive collection of books. The first book I remember my father reading me was The Odyssey. So most of my pieces definitely have a mythic/story telling element to them. I feel like they're more like thinly veiled illustrations. I also think the thing that defines Humans as Humans as opposed to Deer or Dolphins or Grasshoppers is our ability to tell stories. That's why advertising is effective, it's why we like scandals and love songs and archetypes, because they appeal to our storytelling instincts, and I think that's ultimately that's what all forms of art serves to do. It provides the illustration to the story that the artist, dancer, musician, or even cave painter is trying to relay.

I'm also fascinated with the modern concept of celebrity. I think it's funny that we think Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are famous when we compare them to characters like Medusa or people like William Tell or Ivan the Terrible. The former are truly famous because their stories have persisted in our minds. That's where the idea for my series of commemorative stamps sprung from. I wanted to explore characters and stories that resonate with us, despite being antiquated. And obviously, following the thread of a story, spinning a tale.... you get the idea. :)
Stamp design also appeals to my printmaking background. I feature a lot of them on pillows and quilts, because I like the idea of turning fine art into something practical.

What perceptions of embroidery do you encounter?
I think that a lot of people who don't embroider think it's kitschy or quaint, or at worst, a fad. These are people to be avoided and pitied. On the other hand, people I've encountered who have an appreciation for craftsmanship, a critical eye, or are creative themselves tend be enthusiastic and interested in the process and product.

Why is embroidery worth spending time on?
I think that embroidery demands diligence and patience, and requires the artist to be open to exploring new ideas, whether it's unfamiliar stitches or fabric, or seeing the beauty in vintage and traditional patterns. To that end it's an amazing door opener for encouraging people to try their hand at other things that they may have thought was too intimidating or time consuming to try before.

Are there any other embroiderers in the group pool that you have noticed?
BadBird is amazing. I just want to walk into her works and spend some time getting to know her characters. She's an amazing storyteller.

I feel the same way about Porterness. There's kind of a smooth simplicity to her work that draws me in, while being throughly unique. Looking at her work feels like a waking dream.

I've been stalking Bascom Hogue on Flickr for awhile too. His red work feels crisp and confrontational in it's starkness, and absolutely elegant.

And I've got to give a shout out to my husband, Johnny Murder! He has Tourette's syndrome and a black sense of humor which oozes out of his stitches and makes you sick to your stomach. He gets extra gold stars for being able to wield a needle despite his ticks and twitches, and for grabbing up all the guys and starting the Manbroidery group.

April 8, 2009

Stitched Swan

Stiched Swan
stitched by Kim Naumann

Gorgeous, yes? I love paintings that incorporate embroidery.

April 7, 2009

Bird Hoops

exclusive birdies
stitched by melissastanley727

I've seen a lot of embroidered hoop art but I must say these bird branches have to be the cutest thing yet. The backs are lovely, too. Adorable!

Outrageous cuteness


stitched by Danielle Thompson

As you may have heard last week, Danielle Thompson of Kitschy Digitals has new embroidery patterns for sale. I love the bright, vivid, candy-toned colors she uses, and her delicious photography skills. Just about every pic I'm seeing is making me squeal. Check out the patterns!

April 6, 2009

We Have a Winner!



Congratulations Hannahbelle, you're the winner of The Kitchen Linens Book! Please email me your info at unafloresita AT gmail DOT com. I'll be mailing you the book, a blank tea towel, and 5 bright floss colors to get you started stitching.


Did everyone have as much fun as I did reading through all these comments? I don't get a lot of feedback over at my vintage transfers blog, so it was really wonderful to read all these stories and warm memories you guys have associated with vintage embroidery.


Also, if you didn't win this time, there's good news - EllynAnne tells me there's a giveaway on her site too. Drop by her blog for details. Thanks to everyone who responded!!!


April 5, 2009

Talking to Totally Severe

Did you see the Milhouse embroidery on the blog recently? Otherwise go take a look! Here is some more from Sarah of Totally Severe. Although, I totally think she's should change the name to Totally Cool, because that is exactly what she is! And it goes to show that you don't need to know a lot of stitches (in fact she says she only knows one!) to do work that has a lot of impact. Check it you!

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by antique photographs, floral patterns, overly saturated colors, and lousy daytime television.

How long have you been stitching? What got you started?
I started doing embroideries in July 08, when it became increasingly difficult for me to find freelance design work. I found myself with a lot of free time, and I'm not the kind of person who is good at sitting still. I always have to be busy doing something productive, so for some reason I decided on embroidery. Lucky for me, it's a very affordable hobby.

Do you have a favourite stitch? Why?
I use the satin stitch because that's really the only stitch I know. I just improvise as I go along.


Tell us about your subject matter...

The more ridiculous things are, the better. I think there's something wonderfully strange about the mixture of modern pop culture and an old-fashioned medium like embroidery. If you had told me two years ago that in the future I'd be sewing images of Jerry Stiller and Dr. Phil, I probably wouldn't have believed you. I refuse to let embroidery be serious, so I like to incorporate humor and very bright colors.


What perceptions of embroidery do you encounter?

I think embroidery is still perceived as being kind of stuffy, but it's only stuffy if you want it to be. Mostly when I show people my works they're amazed that I possess the kind of patience needed to make them.


Why is embroidery worth spending time on?

I've been doing graphic designs for years, but there's always a disconnect between what I'm drawing on a screen and an actual tangible product. I like embroidery because it's a creative process and I get something to hang on my wall at the end of it.


Are there any other embroiderers in the group pool that you have noticed?

Oh, too many to mention. Every time I look in through it it makes me want to try new techniques. I'm drawn mostly to redwork and portraits.

Thanks for interviewing me! It's been fun!
-Sarah

April 4, 2009

Week of Freebies: Kitchen Linens Book giveaway!

green-line pillowcase
frouffy free pattern from me to you - print and enjoy!

As you all probably know, I'm a huge fan of vintage embroidery transfers - if you haven't seen my vintage transfer blog, go check it out - there's tons of freebies I've scanned for you over the years.

So, ahem, I recently received a copy of The Kitchen Linens Book from author EllynAnne Geisel, and rather than just keep it all for myself (which I was very tempted to do) I thought I'd share it with one lucky Feeling Stitchy reader to top off this week of freebies!


There are so many levels to enjoy this book on: if you love vintage transfers, vintage linens, cooking, recipes, stories and nostalgia, this book scores on every point. I really enjoyed the tone of the book and EllynAnne's humor and friendliness.

Also, I'm loving how our fascination with all things vintage is helping us return to a "greener" way of life: instead of buying 3,000 rolls of boring paper towels, embroidering, buying, and using real dish towels helps us embrace a less "disposable" lifestyle. This book celebrates that, and the idea of treasuring vintage linens by using them.


Also, included in the back of the book is a sheet of vintage iron-on transfers! They feature dancing pots, plates, saucers, and cutlery. You know it took all the force of my will to part with them - but just leave a comment on this post, and if I draw your name at random this Monday morning - you win! I'll also include a new blank towel to embroider on, and 5 bright floss colors to get you started!


Do you have any stories or memories associated with vintage linens? A favorite old tea towel, hankie, or tablecloth? It can be weird, bizarre, or silly, we dig all of that here. Or, just tell us what your favorite transfer motifs are (I'm all about the animated dishware, particularly the kind that wears shoes and hats.) Chime in before Monday morning, and this book could be yours!