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A Busy Stitcher: Yumiko Higuchi’s Floral Embroideries

Yumiko Higuchi

I’m always look­ing for inspir­ing Insta­gram accounts, and I’ve found that with Yumiko Higuchi (@yumikohiguch). Her embroi­dery is beau­ti­ful and process-oriented, so you see a lot of work-in-progress and detail shots in her feed. Judg­ing from how many dif­fer­ent pat­terns and pieces she pho­tographs, you can tell that she’s a busy stitcher.

Yumiko cre­ates a lot of hand-crafted coin purses, high­light­ing the begin­ning of the process to the fin­ish product—it inspires me to make my own! Have you ever sewn your own purse? If so, what’s the best tutorial(s) for it?

Yumiko Higuchi













Illustrated products, Textiles

Gucci Spring 2016: Glittering Snakes and Embroidered Birds


The devil’s in the details, as they say, and let me tell you—there are some great illus­tra­tive details in Gucci’s Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear col­lec­tion. It includes some very dec­o­rated dresses, jack­ets, pants, and acces­sories, with glit­ter­ing sequin snakes, flow­ers, and bows. Flora and fauna are a big part of this col­lec­tion, and they make an appear­ance against bright col­ors and busy pat­terns. A feast for the eyes, indeed.

There are 66 looks in this col­lec­tion. Check ‘em out in their entirety on














Meticulously Embroidered Houseplants by Sarah K. Benning

Sarah K. Benning

Sarah K. Ben­ning is a con­tem­po­rary crafts-lady who fills wooden hoops with meticulously-stitched ferns, cacti, and other pot­ted house­plants. As a fel­low plant embroi­derer, I absolutely love these—they’re lit­tle vignettes of every­day life, cre­ated with the time-honored tra­di­tion of stitch­ing. They’re a nice com­ple­ment to artist Anna Valdez’s paint­ings of inte­rior spaces, don’t you think?

Sarah has an Etsy shop where you can buy her embroi­dered beau­ties. And Lon­don­ers, she’ll also be at Rene­gade Craft Fair in Lon­don next month!












Knotted Sculptures of Desserts and Junk Food… Yum!

Ed Bing Lee

For over 40 years, artist Ed Bing Lee has cre­ated knot­ted art­works to form small sculp­tures like sweet treats and junk food. He was first attracted to this fiber process because of its “imme­di­acy, and the fact that lit­tle spe­cial­ized equip­ment is required, which allows for great lat­i­tude in approach as to design, con­cept and tech­nique.” Basi­cally, you can really cus­tomize the process to make it your own.

Because these soft pieces are made with thread, they aren’t as sturdy as other mate­ri­als. The art­works twist and bend, cre­at­ing surreal-looking objects that are rem­i­nis­cent of Dali’s melt­ing clocks. But the famed Spaniard isn’t the only artist whose work is con­jured by these tex­tiles. In an artist state­ment, Lee explains:

I thought the process of cre­at­ing an image of mul­ti­color knots is not unlike Seurat’s pointil­lism. In three dimen­sional or sculp­tural work, the knot­ting process is most for­giv­ing and the work can progress in many direc­tions simul­ta­ne­ously. The dis­tinc­tion of warp and fill­ing is interchangeable.

Cup­cakes, ice cream cones, key lime pie… Ed’s pieces are def­i­nitely after my own heart. (via Cre­ative Boom)

Ed Bing Lee









Illustrator, Textiles

Posing with Plants: An Curious Series by Caitlin Shearer

Caitlin Shearer

Ever thought about adding flo­rals to your daily stretches? Illus­tra­tor and tex­tile designer Caitlin Shearer has, as evi­denced in her series Repro­duc­tion. The soft, airy images fea­ture a woman as she poses with uncol­ored blooms. Simul­ta­ne­ously sur­real, beau­ti­ful, and strange, the series high­lights the tran­quil­ity we can feel when we just sit and chill. Take some time for your­self. You’ve earned it!

Be sure to check out Caitlin’s blog and fol­low her on Face­book—she updates both regularly.

Caitlin Shearer

Caitlin Shearer






Here’s a look at Caitlin’s cloth­ing. (Avail­able in her shop.)

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Artist, Textiles

Part Tapestry, Part Friendship Bracelet: Weavings by Alicia Scardetta

Included in Coordinate Disregard

Above: included in Coor­di­nate Disregard

This past week­end, I went to the open­ing of Coor­di­nate Dis­re­gard at the Ter­rault Con­tem­po­rary in Bal­ti­more. There, I saw the work Brooklyn-based fiber artist Ali­cia Scardetta, who I’ve been fol­low­ing on Insta­gram but hadn’t before seen her col­or­ful weav­ings in per­son. And let me tell you, they are awe­some. Intri­cate and jubi­lant, they com­bine a vari­ety of weav­ing tech­niques and are “part tapes­try, part friend­ship bracelet.”

To pro­duce these metic­u­lous pieces, Ali­cia uses frame tapes­try looms and cre­ates para­me­ters for each weav­ing. Through this, she explores the pos­si­bil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions of the “grid struc­ture that forms woven tex­tiles.” The process isn’t unlike illus­tra­tion. In both fields, there are guide­lines you must oper­ate within, and part of the chal­lenge is fig­ur­ing out how to let your artis­tic voice shine.

If you’re local to Charm City, make sure you check out Coor­di­nate Dis­re­gard. It’s up until Sep­tem­ber 26 and in addi­tion to Ali­cia, includes work by: Ran­dall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, and Cur­tis Miller. Plus, it’s curated by my pal Amy Boone-McCreesh, who is also an amaz­ing artist!

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My Studio, Textiles

My Studio: ‘Favorite Bites in Baltimore’ Embroidery — Complete!


At the end of July, I posted about an embroi­dery project I was work­ing on: Favorite Bites in Bal­ti­more. I’m happy to say that it’s done (!!) and fea­tures some of my favorite things I’ve eaten dur­ing my 10+ years of liv­ing in the city.

The foods I embroidered:

  • Top left: S’mores in a Jar (from Hamil­ton Tavern)
  • Bot­tom left: Dirty­boy (from Bun Shop)
  • Mid­dle: Greek Pizza (from Joe Squared)
  • Right: Fried Oys­ter Mush­rooms, Feta Cheese, Arugula, and Hot Sauce (from Mush­room Stand at JFX Farmer’s Market)

There will be text on top of the embroi­dery that explains the project—I’ll post that once it’s done.

Now that Favorite Bites is done, I’m going to go back to embroi­der­ing dec­o­ra­tive flo­ral scenes. But I do have plans to con­tinue this food series. Cleve­land is next!




Illustrator, Textiles

My Studio: ‘Favorite Bites in Baltimore’ Embroidery

Sara Barnes embroidery

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my stu­dio! Here’s a fun embroi­dery I’ve been work­ing on the past cou­ple of weeks. It com­bines two things I love: stitch­ing and good food.

The [work­ing] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Bal­ti­more, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while liv­ing in Bal­ti­more. So far, I’ve com­pleted S’mores in a Jar from Hamil­ton Tav­ern and the Dirty­boy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the mid­dle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.

I’m plan­ning on embroi­der­ing a few more foods, but nar­row­ing down the choices has been really hard. Bal­ti­more has some great restaurants!

(Fol­low me on Insta­gram to see reg­u­lar updates of what I’m work­ing on.)

Sara Barnes embroidery



Illustrator, Textiles

Izziyana Suhaimi Embroiders on Her Drawings to Keep Them Warm

Izziyana Suhaimi

For many years, I embroi­dered on paper. It’s not the eas­i­est way to work, but it sure cre­ates an inter­est­ing, unex­pected effect that can act as a sub­sti­tute for a pen, pen­cil, or paint. With this idea in mind, illus­tra­tor Izziyana Suhaimi com­bines draw­ing and thread in her series of por­traits called Friends to keep you warm. The images are what you might expect from the title — peo­ple are depicted wear­ing col­or­ful, whim­si­cal hats and scarves. Izziyana draws their faces with a fine-tipped pen and adds a lit­tle shad­ing. Then, she stitches and knits their acces­sories so they’ll never be with­out some­thing on their head or neck.

(Thanks for the link, Marisa!!)

Izziyana Suhaimi

Izziyana Suhaimi






Animation, Textiles

Amazing Animations: Embroidered Zoetropes by Elliot Schultz

 Elliot Schultz

I love it when embroi­dery is in used in uncon­ven­tional appli­ca­tions, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super cre­ative way. He cre­ated a series of embroi­dered zoetrope!

If you aren’t famil­iar with a zoetrope, it’s an ani­ma­tion tech­nique that uses a series of pic­tures on an inner sur­face. When they’re rotated and dis­played — either with a strobe light or by pho­tographs — the illu­sion of motion is created.

For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Aus­tralia, Elliot cre­ated six discs with ani­mated sequences embroi­dered on their sur­faces. They were designed to be played on stan­dard turnta­bles, bor­row­ing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the ani­ma­tions came to life.

Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colos­sal)

 Elliot Schultz

 Elliot Schultz