I know it’s so cliche, but time really has been flying with the 1 Year of Stitches project. Month two is now a wrap! (Wondering what I’m talking about? Read more here.) As I look in the Facebook group and on the Instagram hashtag, I’m blown away by all of the amazing embroidery that’s in the works. Some folks have taken a figurative approach to their hoop and embroidered small scenes, while others create abstract compositions with thread.
It’s been just over a month since I—along with many, many others—started 1 Year of Stitches. Since that time, I’ve seen more than amazing embroidery; friendships have formed across the world in the Facebook group and Instagram!
I’m overjoyed (and pleasantly surprised!) with just how many have signed up for the 1 Year of Stitches project. It’s going to be a fun addition to your 2017—I just know it!
As I’ve mentioned before, 1 Year of Stitches is the brainchild of Hannah Claire Somerville. She’s just about to finish up her project and lived 2016 in embroidery—among other things like completing grad school! I spoke with her about 1 Year of Stitches, and hope her wisdom and insight will help you know what to expect for your embroidered journey.
And if you’re interested in joining—or wondering what the heck it is—learn more here. For those that have signed up, expect an email from me today!
Last week, I presented a challenge for 2017, and I’m hoping you’ll join me! The project is called 1 Year of Stitches, and it’s a 365-day project in which you fill a hoop (or two) with a crazy amount of colors, patterns, and stitches. 1 Year of Stitches is the brainchild of Hannah Claire Somerville, who has invited anyone interested to join in this impressive endeavor. Inspired by her work, Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Morgan embarked on this craft journey in mid-2016. Now, she’s about halfway through (you can start at any time of the year).
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Hannah Claire Somerville’s ambitious 365-day project called 1 Year of Stitches. The name says it all—each day, she adds at least one stitch to the same embroidery hoop. Throughout the year, the design grows and grows, taking on a life of its own inside of this circle. In addition to the stitches, each day is chronicled via Instagram and includes a short post. It’s a compelling public diary of sorts.
I’ve thought a lot about Hannah’s project and decided that I want 2017 to be my 1 Year of Stitches. Hannah has always invited people to join her, and yes—I will take her up on the offer! I heard from many of you through my weekly newsletter that you’d be interested in working on it, too.
So, let’s do it! Let’s make 2017 the year of embroidery.
Happy Halloween! I am a big fan of the holiday (because, candy) but never really made an elaborate costume before—until this year. Finally , I got my act together and worked on an outfit months and months beforehand (I’m a marathoner, not a sprinter).
I’m a bouquet of flowers!
To produce this project required a lot of felt and hot glue. It was time consuming, but not difficult. (Process-oriented people, you’d probably enjoy making this costume.) Basically, it’s a green hood (made from felt) with a bunch of handcrafted felt flowers glued on top and around the crown of the base. These are the tutorials I used:
They’re super easy to follow and well-documented so that you can follow along. I wish I had an excuse to make more! After the flowers were assembled, arranged, and glued, I wrapped tulle around the hood to create the appearance of tissue paper. I completed it by tying it with a coral-colored bow.
I tried to get a picture with my little baby Sadie. She was not pleased.
How often do you see a redheaded person walking down the street? Probably not that much—people with this hair color account for less than 2% of the population. Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber celebrates these rare individuals in her book A Field Guide to Redheads. The petite hardbound book features 100 famous redheads (real and fictional) that run the gamut from strawberry to ginger to auburn to amber. Plus, Elizabeth—a redhead herself—has included some baking recipes and cocktails, as well as facts about this stunning hair color.
I received a copy and had a lot of fun pouring through it. To give you an idea of the delightful, energetic illustrations, I made a short video that features nearly all of Elizabeth’s inky portraits.
Here’s an even better look at the cover and several spreads:
Tomorrow, I’m traveling from Baltimore to Los Angeles for an exciting reason—I’ve curated a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena! It’s called Inside / Outside features works that explore indoor and outdoor spaces. I’ve lined up fantastic artists and illustrators, so I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.
The opening is this Saturday, August 13, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Flower Pepper Gallery on Union Street. If you’re local, please stop by! I’d love to meet you and say hello.
Here’s a sneak peek—a few more pieces that’ll appear in the show!
Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover
Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two
Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk
A couple of weeks ago, I launched a class on the online learning site, Skillshare. It’s called Paper Art: Create a Cut Paper Self-Portrait, and it demonstrates how to make a fun collaged picture of YOU! I take you from start to finish: the sketch phase to paper selection to the final portrait. Throughout the videos (which, collectively, are about 20 minutes long), I use this example:
It’s a couple of years old at this point and outdated—now, I have super short hair, am sans Monroe piercing, and I don’t wear glasses (all the time) anymore. So, for the class, I decided to make a brand new self portrait to share with the students. (PS: you can enroll anytime! Please do.)
Here’s my collage self portrait that’s currently in progress. I have a reference photo, sketch, and a bunch of painted papers that I’m using for my skin, eyes, hair, and clothing. I plan to have the entire thing finished this week. I’ll post it on class’ project page once I’m done.
Part of my paper stash.
Want in on the fun? Join me!
If you participated in the Collage Scrap Exchange, you might be wondering a couple of things:
1. Where can I see everyone’s submissions?
2. Who is the winner??
Well, I have a definite answer for your first question. You can now view everyone’s submission on the Collage Scrap Exchange website. There are a lot of entries (496!), but luckily, it’s endless scrolling, so go crazy!
As for the second question… we haven’t selected a winner yet, but we’re getting close. Kirsten of Papirmass and I both created “short lists” of entries that we liked, and she’ll ultimately decide who will grace an upcoming issue of Papirmass. The winner will be announced next Friday, so stay tuned. In the meantime, view her list here!
These collages are plucked from my short list. If you’ve been reading my round up posts all along, then you might recognize some of these. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to say how difficult it was to narrow down the list. There were so many strong submissions — we had our work cut out for us.
To all participants — thank you so much for taking the time for the Collage Scrap Exchange. It has been an amazing experience to talk to ya’ll and see your work. And, if you weren’t able to join in the fun, no worries! This Exchange will be happening again.