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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

Somewhere outside of Reno, Cody McElroy, better known to the interwebs as Dirty Needle Embroidery, is keeping the art of freemotion embroidery alive. From classic little patches to rich paintings in thread, Dirty Needle brings a fresh perspective to a medium that’s existed just about as long as sewing machines.

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Get the backstory on Dangerous Minds, and follow @dirtyneedleembroidery on Instagram to see more creations from this unique sewing studio.

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

 

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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

There’s a certain haunting quality to the machine embroidery work of artist Marjolein Starreveld. Faces emerge as if from a fog, distorted in ways that seem almost like a glitch in the matrix. The raw, mixed media quality of the pieces combined with trailing threads gives everything the sense that it might disintegrate if we stare just a little bit too long, and yet your eyes can’t help but linger.

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The slightly crumbling quality to her pieces is no accident, as she cites “deformation” as a major theme in her work.

Marjolein started working in hand embroidery after graduating art school, but moved onto machine embroidery and enjoys experimenting and using the “strange mistakes” that happen in the medium as part of the look of her art.

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Marjolein Starreveld 06If you would like to see more of Marjolein Starreveld’s amazing work, check it all out on her website.

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

 

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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

This one’s a bit outside of our usual machine embroidery realm here at Gear Threads. But it involves embroidery and machines, threads and gears, and it’s simply too awesome not to share.

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Zsanett Szirmay, a student at the Design Institute of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary, collaborated with musician and composer Bálint Tárkány-Kovács to discover the enchanting sounds hidden in embroidery. Szirmay laser-cut traditional cross stitch motifs from Transylvanian Bukovina, Kalotaszeg, and Hungary into tapes that are then run through a music box, revealing the sweet melodies hidden in the threads.

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Listen to some of the sounds of stitching here:

 

Makes us wonder … before machine embroidery designs were digital, they were painstakingly punched into tapes much like those read by a music box. What unheard cacophony is lurking in these stitches?

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Learn, see, and hear more at Soundweaving’s beautiful site!

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

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Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

In the world of contemporary textile artists, the medium of thread is naturally less startling in the art world than it used to be, but even the canvas of art can be unexpected sometimes. In this case, artist Pati Reis combines freestyle machine stitching with the texture of paper, and the result is both graphically bold and wonderfully textural.

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Pati picked up needlepoint from her Brazilian grandmother and American patchwork skills from her aunts, and has combined her influences into a bold, typographical style, stitched freehand on a little old sewing machine.

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Her background, including a master’s degree in art and spanning Brazil, France, and the United States, inspires some of the context of her pieces. As she states, “I love using pieces of the past to create totally new things. These re-used materials—like newspapers in foreign languages—bring a deeper layer of meaning to my work.”

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The designs are delightfully simple and wonderfully cheerful.

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See more of Pati Reis’s charming work on her website Old News Designs.

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

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