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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.
Hi, I'm Pam - I've been a moderator for the Needlework boards on Craftster since 2004 and you can also see me in the Craftster Quickies video series.
I am a lover of all things vintage but I particularly have a fondness for vintage embroidery patterns, which I collect every chance I can get!
May 23, 2009
May 22, 2009
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 supplies...you 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!)
May 21, 2009
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:
stitched by City the NZ Cupcake Queen
stitched by early bird special
May 20, 2009
Is there a limit to how often we can post work by the same artist? Because I can't help posting the work of mimiloveforever again and again. It is just SO good.
Like this little fella; have you ever seen such a cool gnome? Like, ever?
Read her own blog post about it. It has loads of lovely detail photos. :-)
May 19, 2009
May 18, 2009
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
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Related: Jenny Hart's Embroidered Hair on Leather
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free pattern from Polka Dot Bunny
free pattern from Wild Olive
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!
May 6, 2009
stitched by emmachoc
Does anyone know who / what Nokinomo is? In any case, there's a very sweet free pattern to make this. The PDF is in French but the language of cross stitch is international. It would be easy to embroider some initials or the name of a loved one in the middle instead. Get the pattern! (téléchargez le doc ici is French for Download the pattern)
May 5, 2009