Category Archives: Textiles

Beautiful, Bold Illustrations on Natural Fabrics by Amelie Mancini

Amelie Mancini is a French print maker and painter who is based in Brook­lyn. Her Etsy shop is full of wares that I’m con­stantly search­ing for: tea tow­els, totes, and pouches. The hand-printed pieces are bold, shape-driven draw­ings that fea­ture ani­mals, plants, and dec­o­ra­tive objects. Check out that vase tea towel that’s below — it’s my […]

Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek into Touchka’s Newest Illustrated Scarf!

For the past sev­eral months (prob­a­bly more), I have lusted after illus­trated silk scarves. I love how they tell sto­ries that are con­tained on a sin­gle panel. Plus, they have an obvi­ous prac­ti­cal use as a beau­ti­ful fash­ion acces­sory. Touchka designed these dreamy pieces that fea­ture bright col­ors and gor­geous, small details. Touchka is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Jenny Lumelsky […]

Who Needs an Apple Watch…

…when there’s this “Apple Watch” around? This adorable felt cre­ation popped up on Hine Mizushima’s Insta­gram the other night. Sewn using tiny but­tons and snap fas­ten­ers to con­nect the band. Love it!

Stacey Page Adds Bizarre Embroidery onto Vintage Photos

Stacey Page trans­forms dis­carded vin­tage pho­tographs from banal to fan­tas­tic in her on-going series of embroi­dered por­traits. Since 2008, she’s adorned men and women with bizarre head­dresses, cos­tumes, facial hair, and much more. This is both con­cep­tu­ally and visu­ally inter­est­ing. I love that the stitch­ing cre­ates a “sec­ond skin” and a new nar­ra­tive onto the old […]

Colorful Tapestries Find New Life as Taxidermy Skin

French artist Frédérique Mor­rel com­bines tapes­try and taxi­dermy to cre­ate fresh and unex­pected works. Deer, moose, and cat­tle tell vibrant sto­ries on their new skin that fea­tures a dizzy­ing array of col­ors, pat­terns, and peo­ple. I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by both taxi­dermy and tapes­tries, so the fusion of the two is excit­ing to see. But, many peo­ple don’t think of these […]

Check Out the Amazing Embroidered Details on These Valentino Dresses!

I’m not a flashy dresser, but I admire peo­ple who are. And, since illus­tra­tion can take many, many forms, I’ve mar­veled over the details on the Valentino Resort 2015 line. It’s dreamy, with these amaz­ing embroi­dered details like mon­keys and flo­ral arrange­ments. Long dresses, short dresses, and jack­ets will all make you have the overwhelming […]

Felted Fungi on Real Wood… For Your Home!

This past Novem­ber, I was brows­ing one of my favorite Bal­ti­more shops, Trohv. There, I came across the local Close Call Stu­dio. It’s run by Amanda Adams who hand­crafts dec­o­ra­tive mush­rooms from recy­cled vegan felt. They’re mounted on wood and per­fect for dis­play­ing on your shelf, cof­fee table, etc.. I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between craft and real […]

Skip the Fishing, Carry These Fashionable Fish Instead

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to fish. When I was younger, a hook got caught in my fin­ger. Mor­ti­fy­ing! I’ll never fish again. Instead, I’ll just mar­vel at these adorable fish-shaped clutches by Don Fisher. The Etsy shop fea­tures col­or­ful salmon, sar­dines, her­rings, and more with hand-painted scales and even boney insides. […]

Two Hungry (Knitted) Birds by Clare Sams

I have a pen­chant for faux ani­mals placed in the real world. So, I’m dig­gin’ these two knit­ted birds by Clare Sams - she made a seag­ull and a pigeon snack­ing on chicken and chips! I’m impressed by her abil­ity to cre­ate these tiny, believ­able forms that I wouldn’t mind cud­dling with. Do you enjoy every­day, knit­ted objects […]

Lorena Marañon’s Contemporary Quilts (+Interview!)

One of my favorite things about run­ning a blog is see­ing how artists and illus­tra­tors progress over time. When I first encoun­tered Lorena Marañon’s work, she was mak­ing embroi­dered jew­elry in her Etsy shop (I bought a neck­lace!). She was later apart of my con­tem­po­rary embroi­dery project, Sam­pler, in 2013, and mixed bead­ing and thread on a vin­tage hand­ker­chief. Now, she’s […]