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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Tiny Sculptured Creatures Live in a Dreamlike World

Meadow and Fawn sculpture

Welcome to the exquisite world of Meadow and Fawn, where delicate creatures fit on your fingertips. The small sculptures are created by a lady named Alexis, whose inspiration comes from a “deep love for nature.” Through her online shop, she handcrafts the the tiny totems from polymer clay. Each is one-of-a-kind, and Alexis explains that there’s no assembly line to her work—she makes them all to order.

Alexis’ popular Instagram offers an awesome behind-the-scenes look at her sculptures. Everything—from the painting to the styling—is dreamy and a momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Take a Peek into Fútbol! The Dynamic Doodle Book by Taleen Keldijan

One of my fondest memories growing up was playing soccer (better known as fútbol). I was enthralled by the fact that you had to control a wild bouncing ball with just your feet. It soon became a big part of my social life with games and tournaments during three seasons of the year. (I still have scars on my knees from indoor soccer turf!)

In her first children’s book called Fútbol!, author and illustrator Taleen Keldijan has captured the spirit of the game that’s enjoyed around the world. Through activities like coloring, puzzles, and drawing, kids ages four to nine can learn about soccer, exercise their imagination, and be introduced to other cultures. That’s an aspect I really like about this book—its inclusivity, and showcasing how different places celebrate the fúbtol.

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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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Make “Unexpected Discoveries” with Illustrator Mark Conlan

Mark Conlan

From Unexpected Discoveries

Illustrator Mark Conlan‘s engaging and playful work revolves around finding and being found. One of my favorites from him is called Unexpected Discoveries, in which he describes, “This little four part series is all about being able to find certain things that you never knew existed. Its just a mater of shinning light on to the subject. Maybe then you can truly see a whole new world.”

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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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Women Who Draw: A New Open Directory of Female Professional Illustrators

Women Who Draw

I saw my new favorite thing on the internet yesterday, and it’s called Women Who Draw. The site is an “open directory of female professional illustrators”—specifically, it is trans-inclusive and encompasses women, trans and gender non-conforming illustrators.

As you scroll through the website, you see a plethora of different artistic approaches, in addition to women of different races/ethnicities, religions, locations, and sexual orientations. Clicking on any of individual characteristics will filter the illustrators who identify with it.

Needless to say, I love this project. It’s a fantastic resource—especially if you’re looking to hire a woman illustrator—and encourages other art directors, etc, to do the same. And if you just wanna browse, it’s a great way to effortlessly discover new and exciting image makers.

If you’re female-identifying illustrator, join today!

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Gift Guide: 20 Gifts from Illustrators You’ll Only Find on Society6

Society6 holiday gift guide

Last week, I shared 35 illustrative holiday gifts you can only find on Etsy, so let’s switch gears this week and check out what’s on Society6—another platform for artists. Whereas Etsy often focuses on one-of-a-kind-pieces, Society6 offers a wide variety of the products that artists have their work printed on. The good news is that if you like an illustrator’s work, you can own it in many different forms. Society6 is a mix of expensive art prints to quirky clothing to fun stocking stuffers. (I even bought my shower curtain on the site!)

If you’re still searching for some last minute gifts, you’re in luck! Today, December 12, they’re offering 25% off and free shipping worldwide. Have fun!

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Illustrated Daily Affirmations to Make Your Day an Empowered One

Illustration by Noa Snir, daily affirmations by Amy Rose Spiegel

At the end of November, writer Amy Rose Spiegel shared daily affirmations—mantras to help you start your day. Illustrated by Noa Snir, the short sentences are reminders to trust yourself, love yourself, and not to be afraid of what it is you want. Bookmark these mantras to look at whenever you need a mental boost. One of my favorites is “Trusting your own thoughts is the highest form of prayer.”

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