Fiber artist Jill Ffrench crafts felted bird sculptures that pay homage to their voluptuous plumage. Using 100% pure felt, she stitches the hand-held creatures and adheres them with embroidery thread, wire, and wax. When complete, the soft figures don ornamental long, tails, which feature a combination of layered felt and decorative stitches to produce a spectacular effect. (The detail shots are my favorite.)
Hello Tangle is a collaboration between two sisters named Bibi and Veronica from Melbourne, Australia. Together, they create colorful, texture-filled weavings. But lately, they’ve ventured into Hello Trinkets —beaded creations that you can hang in various places.
Using exquisite antique linen, kimono fabric, and lace, Mika Hirasa creates appliqué illustrations. Her most recent series features fiber interpretations of Aesop’s Fables, combining the collage-like technique with embroidery.
Mika’s use of negative space is especially impactful with the appliqué. She’ll cut out bold shapes from the fabric and then adhere them to other areas of the composition. In place is intricate stitching that mimics line drawing. The result is visually rich and full of depth while placing a contemporary spin on these old tales.
Though these hand-crafted stitches could easily serve as wall hangings, Sofia tells La Femme Collective that it’s important her creations are functional:
I need my work to be useful somehow; I like it better that way. That’s one of the reasons I went into fashion. I love it if my work can be worn, can be interacted with. I want my work to be involved in others people’s lives. I would love to have made someone’s favorite sweater.
If you’re itching for one of these pieces, check out Sofia’s online shop.
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!
Embroiders, have you ever tried incorporating other objects into your hoop art? Ezgi Pamir does this to a great effect; she uses fabric, buttons, and branches that add an unexpected sculptural element to her work. Her pieces are portraits—of stylish folks—and there’s always a special accent to them. The women wear scarves that seemingly whip in the wind, giant hats that flop in the breeze, and stiff collars to provide some comfort from the rain.
With this emphasis on fashion, is it any surprise that Ezgi is a costume designer? Because she is!
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).
If Slow Stitch Sophie encapsulates intricate wildflowers in her hoop art, Allie Frazier captures the diffused—and chaotic!—beauty that’s reminiscent of a hazy landscape. Using a variety of stitches (including my favorite, French knots) and beading, the layered, textured pieces are similar to abstract patches of fog or storm clouds that could seemingly erupt at any moment.
Taking it “one stitch at a time,” embroiderer Slow Stitch Sophie creates splendor of tiny, colorful blooms. They sprawl across the hoop, engulfing the fabric in intricate tics and knots. When complete, they resemble a hilly landscape that’s dotted with wildflowers. I’d gladly go there!