Machine Embroidery

Exploring Etsy with loadofolbobbins!

 

Hello and may I just say what a pleasure it is to meet you all *extends virtual handshake* I suppose I should really introduce myself, I’m Loadofolbobbins aka Jessica Taylor and over the coming weeks and months I shall be taking you all on a stitch adventure uncovering some of the best needlecraft Etsy has to offer, think of me as your David Attenborough of craft. However, for my first post I thought it would be a good idea to present you all with my credentials and tell you all about my work.

The unveiling of my work,  at Blackfriar's Station, Bankside entrance.

The unveiling of my work, at Blackfriar’s Station, Bankside entrance.

When I’m not busy making friends with pigeons I can be found stitching or drawing by the coast in Portsmouth. I graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Textile Art in 2008, but I think my fate was sealed when my tiny toddler hands had their first finger painting experience, from that point on I’ve been hooked on all things creative. The first thing I remember stitching was an Early Learning Centre cross-stitched bookmark with one of those exceptionally blunt child-friendly needles, after many a finger stabbing incident I sometimes wish I still used one.

One of my very first stitched creations, made at playschool.

One of my very first stitched creations, made at playschool.

As a Textile Artist and Illustrator I like to experiment with lots of techniques, particularly hand embroidery and free motion machine embroidery. Like most arty folk my inspiration can strike at any time and from anywhere but a constant source for me has been old photographs and their link to family histories. My foray into illustration has been quite a new development, inspired and encouraged by my family, particularly my fab older sister.

'Home' by Jessica Taylor (Free motion machine embroidery)

‘Home’ by Jessica Taylor (Free motion machine embroidery)

 

'Daisy' by Jessica Taylor (Free motion machine embroidery)

‘Daisy’ by Jessica Taylor (Free motion machine embroidery)

 

'HRH Corgi' by Jessica Taylor (Hand embroidery)

‘HRH Corgi’ by Jessica Taylor (Hand embroidery)

 

Now, after much admiring from afar, I have taken the plunge and opened my own Etsy shop. After only a short time exploring the wonders Etsy has to offer I have found a treasure trove of stitchy creations to share with you all. If any of you have made similar discoveries and would like to show me a needlecraft artist I may not know please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.

 

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

The art of machine embroidery, or digitizing, is still a small but growing medium for new artists and designers to explore and work in. The thing that keeps it small mostly comes from the fact that access to the digitizing equipment is expensive and limited, and learning it can be even more daunting without some professional guidance. For many years these skills have mostly been held tightly within the industry, used on logos and hats and not much more.

Luckily, along with more accessible projects like open source embroidery software, the Rhode Island School of Design is offering their students a chance to learn digital embroidery and explore its artistry for themselves. The class is part of a 5-week-long winter term class at the prestigious fine arts college.

RISD describes the digital embroidery in the class for newcomers who are unfamiliar…

Digital embroidery transforms hand-crafted couture into a work of fine art. Just like a tattoo where an image is created with needles and color, so embroidered fabric or paper is needle-stitched with colored threads. … The resulting personalized textile can be applied to fabrics for apparel or interior applications as well as fine art.

Well-known textile embroidery artist Michael Savoia led the class in training on this modern embroidery software to create a new generation of artists who can use this medium to express themselves, and industry magazine Stitches did a great overview of some of the work that has come out of the RISD classes.

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Students work through inspirations of classic and contemporary art, using everything from Da Vinci to Mackintosh to inspire and try out new digitizing techniques.

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Students were of course also encouraged to create their own works of art using the software and machines now at their disposal, and the results are free-flowing and pretty awesome.

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You can see more images and read more about it over on Stitches, or see the course described on RISD’s website itself. This school has already turned out amazing digitizing artists such as Coral & Tusk, featured earlier on Gear Threads. Here’s hoping it turns out many more.

Have you heard of any other places you can learn digitizing for machine embroidery? Share it in the comments!

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Mr X Stitch presents Phat Quarter Finds

The Phat Quarter is our Flickr group where you can share pictures of your best stitcheries!

It’s also the place where we host our legendary swaps to coincide with our Fifth Friday Festivals of Fabulousness!

Here’s the latest 20 pictures that have been added. Why don’t you come and join us?

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Mr X Stitch presents Phat Quarter Finds

The Phat Quarter is our Flickr group where you can share pictures of your best stitcheries!

It’s also the place where we host our legendary swaps to coincide with our Fifth Friday Festivals of Fabulousness!

Here’s the latest 20 pictures that have been added. Why don’t you come and join us?

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