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

I was struck the other day by this bit from Mr X’s recent TEDx talk:

I’m not bothered what technology you use to become an artist; it is the self-expression that is the critical point here.

Machine quilting might not seem like the most likely medium for expressive stitching … but in the hands of artist Karlee Porter, it’s lively and beautiful. Porter combines her love of well-crafted graffiti art with a lifetime of personal and professional quilting experience to create her own unique, colorful quilting style.

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Porter first learned the ins and outs of the craft growing up with a mother and grandmother who quilted, and got to know the high-tech side of things working for a quilting machine manufacturing company. Her work encompasses both freemotion machine quilting and computerized quilting designs.

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Vibrant color combined with beautifully mixed textures make Karlee’s work unmistakable. She even sells computerized quilting design files so that longarm quilting machines can stitch her unique styles, too.

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Want to learn how it’s done? Her new book Graffiti Quilting: A Simple Guide to Complex Designs shares designs and techniques to help you create your own surprising, dynamic quilts.

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See more of Karlee Porter’s stunning work at www.karleeporter.com!

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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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