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1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery

1 Year of Stitches Recap | 10 Embroideries from February

1 year of stitches, Sara Barnes

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.

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Embroidery

Contemporary Hoop Art of People, Plants, and Beautiful Interior Spaces

Sarah K. Benning embroidery hoop art

It seems for­ev­er ago when I first fea­tured the embroi­dery hoop art of Sarah K. Ben­ning (it was 2015!). Since then, the nomadic con­tem­po­rary embroi­der­er has cre­at­ed a myr­i­ad of oth­er works, all of which revolve around peo­ple, plants, and inte­ri­ors. She’s also host­ed work­shops and par­tic­i­pat­ed in gallery shows, in addi­tion to cre­at­ing a pop­u­lar pat­tern pro­gram; known as #SKBDIY, each month she intro­duces a new DIY pat­tern that’s avail­able on Etsy.

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Embroidery

Embroideries of Fowl-Mouthed Birds and Victorian Shadow Puppets

Embroidery hoop art by Kate Appleby

Inspired by flo­ra, fau­na, and Vic­to­ri­an shad­ow pup­pets, Kate Apple­by cre­ates delight­ful hoop art that com­bines a vari­ety of stitch­ing tech­niques. From the basic back­stitch to French knots, she illus­trates birds with fowl mouths (pun intend­ed) and hands with sprawl­ing leaf tat­toos. The embroi­dery airs towards the side of min­i­mal­ism, but Kate has an excel­lent sense of com­po­si­tion and bal­ance that’s informed by her back ground in graph­ic design.

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Embroidery

Abstract Embroideries Made with Colorful Polymer Clay

Clay embroidery by Justyna Wolodkiewicz

Here’s an inter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion: poly­mer (aka oven bake) clay and embroi­dery. Artist Justy­na Wolod­kiewicz has fused the two in her lat­est series of abstract hoop art. Full of col­or and tex­ture, these pieces use flat­tened pieces of clay with tiny holes poked in them, which are then attached to fab­ric. The result is a rich jux­ta­po­si­tion between the smooth­ness of the clay with the fuzzi­ness of the thread.

This clay embroi­dery rep­re­sents a new path for Justy­na, who has pre­vi­ous­ly made elab­o­rate poly­mer clay clocks. You can find it all in her Etsy shop.

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Embroidery

Señorita Lylo Has a Collection of 10 Embroidered Patterns for You to Try (for Free!)

Srta Lylo DIY embroidery collection

One of my favorite embroi­dery artists Señori­ta Lylo (aka Srta. Lylo) is known for her col­lars that come ready to par­ty. Aside from mak­ing these spe­cial acces­sories, she also cre­ates hoop art and recent­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed with the thread brand DMC. “I made a design of 10 pat­terns for them,” she tells me in an email. “All are for free!” So, if you ever want­ed to try DIY embroi­dery, now’s your chance.

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Embroidery

Tactile Embroideries Inspired by Vibrant Watercolor Illustrations

Colorful hoop art by Katy Biele

If you’ve read this blog for at least a week, you’ll know that I reserve each Fri­day for my 7 Illus­trat­ed Prod­uct Obses­sions. This week, I’m break­ing from tra­di­tion… most­ly because I’ve been sick all week and find­ing cre­ative goods has elud­ed me. But! That only pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share with you Katy Biele’s new vibrant hoop art.

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Embroidery

Embroidered Dolls Offer a Tiny Companionship in Everyday Life

Megan Griffiths embroidered dolls

Inspired by “mys­ti­cal folk­lore, Indi­an ani­mal tales, and a love of veg­eta­bles,” illus­tra­tor Megan Grif­fiths cre­ates tiny embroi­dered dolls. The intri­cate totems are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and are adorned with a vari­ety of stitched pat­terns as well as fan­cy attire. They’re wel­come com­pan­ions to the hus­tle and bus­tle of every­day life.

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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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