Embroidery

Vibrant Embroideries Inspired by Watercolor Illustrations

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Katy Biele transforms her colorful paintings into equally-as-vibrant hoop art. Her 2D pieces are created using watercolor, and then elements of them are translated into thread on fabric. “I love the different textures that we can have on watercolor paper and on fabric for embroidery,” she writes, “both are different ways but good experimentation to try.”

Have you ever tried that—translating your work into a different format? It’s a great exercise and can give you valuable insight—or inspiration—for future creations.

Katy sells her work in her Etsy shop.

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

Embroidery by Katy Biele

BPB Projects

Whimsical Illustrated Guide Aquaints You with 100 Famous Redheads

How often do you see a redheaded person walking down the street? Probably not that much—people with this hair color account for less than 2% of the population. Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber celebrates these rare individuals in her book A Field Guide to Redheads. The petite hardbound book features 100 famous redheads (real and fictional) that run the gamut from strawberry to ginger to auburn to amber. Plus, Elizabeth—a redhead herself—has included some baking recipes and cocktails, as well as facts about this stunning hair color.

I received a copy and had a lot of fun pouring through it. To give you an idea of the delightful, energetic illustrations, I made a short video that features nearly all of Elizabeth’s inky portraits.

Here’s an even better look at the cover and several spreads:

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

"A Field Guide to Redheads" by Elizabeth Graeber

Illustration

Eclectic Fashion Illustrations are a Fabulous Collision of Patterns

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Self-taught illustrator Jérémy Combot says that he’s “guided by passion” in creating his fashion-centric portraits. The colorful and intricately detailed—just look at all those lines!—feature a dizzying array of motifs that vibrate when placed next to one another. “Mixing patterns that are not supposed to fit at first sight makes my work very interesting and fun at the end,” he explains.

Jérémy also enjoys fusing seemingly disparate cultural influences. “I like to work on the mix of genres, reflected through my work,” he writes, “unravel the periods of time and trends to reconstruct a unique and personal look.” Continuing, “I am inspired by very eclectic references: sometimes a chic and cool Saint-Germain-des-Prés Icon, or a Shoreditch neo-punk, or even a Geisha doll-like. It is limitless.”

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustration by Jérémy Combot

Illustrations by Jérémy Combot
Embroidery, Sculpture

Felted Bear Sculptures Carry the Weight of the World on Their Back

Past Your Porchlight

Artist Jessie Cunningham invites us to “Step past your porch light and into the wilds with my soft sculpture creations.” Through her shop (aptly) called Past Your Porchlight, she fashions tiny bears that carry the weight of the world on their backs. This isn’t a burden to the gentle giants—they tote their tiny friends who regal them with stories as they travel. “In all of their journeys, this worldly pair knows best that life is better when you share it with friends. ”

To create these charming felted creatures, Jessie hand stitches the bear and sculpts, sands, and primes the other elements. They “fare best on a shelf or desktop, somewhere to safely bring a bit of nature indoors.”

See all of Jessie’s felt handiwork in the Past Your Porchlight Etsy shop.

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight soft sculptures

 

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight soft sculptures

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight soft sculptures
Embroidery

Eye-Catching Abstract Embroideries Combine Bold Stitches with Vibrant Color

Trini Guzmán

I know I shared the work of Trini Guzmán last week in my 1 theme, 5 ways post, but I can’t help but share her other embroideries—they’re great! She has a bold sense of color that adorns both clothing as well as hoop art. This imagery takes the form of flowers, but it’s often abstract, or a combination of the two. I especially like when she uses thick thread and French knots because it creates a variance in texture that excites the eye.

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán

Embroidery by Trini Guzmán
Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

Illustrated product obsessions, October 7

1. Magic Eye Wall Hooks by Baba Souk
2. Metallic Dots on a White Necklace by Floti
3. Custom Cat Portraits by Erika Iozsa
4. DIY Paper Sheep Puppet by Furze Chan
5. Balloon House Pin by Clive Roddy
6. Pink Rose Patch by Big Bud Press
7. White Skull Holder and Pink Brain Candle by The Jacks

Happy Friday! And here’s a bonus illustrated product for ya—so cute!

A photo posted by Studio Arhoj (@studioarhoj) on

Embroidery

1 Theme, 5 Ways: Embroidered Denim

Embroidered denim

Let’s face it—embroidered denim is nothing new, but it’s had a resurgence in the past few of years in both DIY circles and on runways like Gucci.

And I am living for it! There’s a stunning juxtaposition between vibrant colors and imagery when paired with the stiff surface of denim. Each makes the other shine, and together they create garments that are statement pieces.

Honestly WTF created a comprehensive DIY on how to embroider your own denim. I am planning on trying it for myself. But in the meantime, here are 5 ways artists / crafters / illustrators to inspire mine and your projects.

Tessa Perlow

Tessa Perlow embroidered denim

I first marveled at Tessa Perlow’s embroideries a few months ago and haven’t stop since. She works on a variety of fabrics, but the denim shift dress above really caught my eye. Tessa has a flair for designing her stitched elements with the curve of the body so that they complement the wearer.

She occasionally puts some of her embroiders for sale on Etsy.

Tessa Perlow embroidered denim

Tessa Perlow embroidered denim

Gucci

Embroidered denim by Gucci

Gucci designed a whole capsule collection around embroidered denim. Reminiscent of their Garden Exclusive, the pieces are emblazoned with butterflies, flowers, and snakes. These elements are scattered on the front and back of clothes, and their application also resembles iron-on patches (also a huge trend!).

Embroidered denim by Gucci

Embroidered denim by Gucci

Bliss and Mischief

Embroidred denim by Bliss and Mischief

Hillary Justin is the founder and designer of Bliss and Mischief, a label inspired by “epic cactus” and the “vivid embroidered details of classic Western kitsch.” Her current collection—which includes a lot of decorative denim—pays tribute to the year 1982 by “obsessing over Edwardian whites, delicate blooms, casual beauty, and all things romantic.”

Embroidred denim by Bliss and Mischief

Embroidred denim by Bliss and Mischief

Trini Guzmán

Embroidered denim by Trini Guzmán

Trini Guzmán brings an abstract vibe to my list. Using bold colors and a lot of French knots, she creates non-representational patterns that seem to take over whatever denim they inhabit.

Embroidered denim by Trini Guzmán

Embroidered denim by Trini Guzmán

Die Trying TX

Embroidered denim by Die Tryin

Lacy Van Court is the lady behind Die Trying TX, a label that upcycles denim into one-of-a-kind pieces. To create this western wear-inspired imagery, she uses vintage machines and hand processes that can take up to six hours to complete.

Embroidered denim by Die Tryin

Embroidered denim by Die Tryin

Collage

Charming Travel Collages Showcase the Bold Beauty of the Pacific Northwest

Clover Robin travel collage

Do you take a sketchbook with you when you travel? Clover Robin does… and then some—she collages her adventures! The London-based illustrator and pattern designer recently created a bevy of collaged imagery from her roadtrip through the West and Pacific NW of the United States and Canada. Using textured paper and bold shapes, she assembled the giant Redwood trees, the lakes of Oregon, and desert in Nevada. It’s a great way to commemorate her trip, and impressive, too, creating these detailed paper pieces as her vacation was happening.

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover is also in the midst of creating a floral alphabet!

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Clover Robin travel collages
Illustration

Colorful Landscapes Created by the Poetry of Simple Modular Forms

Cruschiform

Cruschiform is the moniker for Marie-laure Cruschi, a French illustrator and graphic designer whose colorful digital works showcase the beauty of rural and urban landscapes. Whether she’s depicting a vertical garden in Paris or a solitary cabin in the woods, Marie-laure does so with the same bold shapes and fine details.

“My art grows into the poetry of simple modular forms,” she writes. “Little by little, my graphic vocabulary get more and more figurative, driving me to new narratives territories, without loosing sight that I believe the best work is a combination of a keenness mind, a great know-how, a good dose of insight and a bit of malice.”

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform

Illustration by Cruschiform