May 28, 2009

All about change

Ha! How cool is this little old lady?

The expression on her face is just awesome and the dog is absolutely hilarious!

And what I really like is the combination of the outline stitches and cross stitch. Also, who doesn't love embroidered text?!

May 27, 2009

Beautiful dandelions

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

May 26, 2009

Wildolive 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.

Poetry in a hoop


say it out loud, originally uploaded by cornflowerbluestudio.

Isn't this lovely?

Red, red apple

pomme pomme rouge 133/365
stitched by linaloo1

Gorgeousness!

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 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!)

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

Gnome love!


Gnorman commission, originally uploaded by mimilove forever.

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. :-)

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.

Hot Lips

margaret finished
stitched by cicicake

Any MASH fans out there? This Margaret embroidery really rocks my world.

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

May 15, 2009

sunny and golden

WIP especial
stitched by MARIA FITA

The sunny polka dot fabric really adds to this simple composition. Also love those golden scissors on the right. Lovely!

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.

Link

Related: Jenny Hart's Embroidered Hair on Leather

heartache

heartache
stitched by cornflowerbluestudio

Love this visually arresting pun. :) Beautiful!

May 13, 2009

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 11, 2009

Octopus

Octopus
stitched by christ(ine)

Really loving how that bright orange chain stitch looks just like octo-suckers. Brilliant!

May 9, 2009

Floss porn: Spools!

Threads
photo by LOVE STITCHING RED

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

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 6, 2009

Pretty pouch embroidery

pochette pour Nokinomo
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

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.

Link

Half-finished

My creative space...
stitched by edwardandlilly

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

May 4, 2009

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! :)