May 16, 2017

Stitchy Snippets - Silk Webs

Paint drips, splashes and a burst of colour darned together with threads which dart in between like spiders dancing across the canvas and weaving webs in purpose designed spaces. Textile artist Nava Lubelski creates wonderfully vibrant pieces. I am fascinated in how she bridges the gap between a once throwaway and often damaged piece of textile and to transform it into a work of art. Nava talks about her art: "My work explores the contradictions between the impulse to destroy and the compulsion to mend. I juxtapose rapid acts of destruction, such as spilling and cutting, with painstaking, restorative labor. Embroideries are hand-stitched over stains and rips, contrasting the accidental with the meticulous."

In our current age, where resources are becoming ever scarcer, innovative restoration techniques such as Nava's are extremely relevant. To take a seemingly damaged piece of fabric and convert the fault into a feature shows real ingenuity and the results are beautiful.

Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

May 10, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Married

I don't usually post many personal details, but I thought this past Saturday might be a good exception - because on May 6, I married the man of my dreams.

Finding the perfect dress took a little trial and error - since the first one was altered too tightly to be wearable. I was able to get all my money back, and found this lovely vintage dress on Ebay for a pittance. It was perfect, and perfect for me. I loved the back and the embellishments and since it was an older dress, I liked the idea that I'd be wearing something unique.

Our ceremony was beautiful - surrounded by all the people I love (finally in one place!) in our church, which has so much meaning to us. I chose simple flowers because I didn't want to even try to compete with the natural beauty of the church.

Never in a million years did I think we could clean up so nicely. :) It still feels so surreal, like it all happened to somebody else.

I wore a lovely, lighter dress at our reception, which I also found on Ebay and paid less than I paid for my simple bouquet. I'm proud of that because we were on a tight budget, and were prioritizing saving money for our life together.

I wanted to be able to dance and move, and this dress was perfect for that. Although it was a bit snug after flautas and barbeque. :)

I suppose the most expensive purchase of my ensemble was the lovely ivory veil I wore - but I think it was well worth the price. I'd seen many expensive veils with unimpressive stitching, but the embellishment on this one was gorgeous. It was Bel Aire Bridal V7300 in ivory, if you're interested. :)

I'm still waiting on the professional photos - believe it or not these lovely photos were all snapped by my bridesmaid, niece, cousin, and wonderful sister-in-law.

I'll leave you with our first dance - I am so thankful - beyond happy, beyond lucky, and beyond blessed! Hope you enjoy these few photos and memories with me.

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

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