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Embroidery, Illustrated products, Sculpture

Felted Peacock Sculptures Pay Homage to Their Brilliant Plumage

Jill Ffrench felt bird sculptures

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.)

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Appliqué Illustrations Offer a New Twist on Aesop’s Fables

Mika Hirasa appliqué illustration

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.

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Elegant Embroidered Portraits Transform Ordinary Clothing into Wearable Art

Sofia Salazar embroidered portraits

Sofia Salazar focuses her embroideries on faces. The UK-based textile designer incorporates minimalist, large-scale portraits onto clothing, reminiscent in drawing style to Matisse.

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.

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1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery, How Did You Do That?

‘1 Year of Stitches’ Creator Talks About Embroidering Through 2016

Details from Hannah Claire Sommerville's 1 Year of Stitches project

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 before1 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!

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Embroidered Portraits Dazzle with Real Objects Sewn In

Ezgi Pamir embroidery

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!

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1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery

A “One Year of Stitches” Project as Seen Through One Embroiderer’s Hoop

1 Year of Stitches project by Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Morgan

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).

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Intricately Chaotic Embroideries are the Beautiful Calm Before the Storm

Allie Frazier embroidery

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.

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