Ladies and gentlemen: please direct your attention to the fine freestyle machine embroidery of Nicola Elliott, aka Picturestitch. Based in Manchester, England, Nicola creates custom embroidered wedding portraits. She works with customers to develop a piece to reflect their special day, based on their images or just their ideas, and will even incorporate mementos like a piece of fabric from a wedding dress.
But that is not all! If you’re digging the slightly spooky, Gorey-esque quality to these, then check out what else she’s been up to:
Nicola’s series of dark fairytale designs is particularly compelling.
Alice in Wonderland
See more of Nicola’s enchanting work on Etsy or on Picturestitch‘s site!
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Paul Nosa is an artist from Tucson, Arizona.
“I draw with a sewing machine without a computer or template. I’ve made a portable sewing table powered by a solar panel or a bicycle electric generator.
“I ask people to imagine a scenario; to say it in 5-words-or-less, and I sew a patch for them on the spot. People can ride the bicycle and generate the electricity for their own patch.
“My goal is to inspire people’s creativity and to demonstrate alternative energy sources.”
Paul’s approach to stitching is so cool. It’s really raw and instant. It’s improvisational and I think it’s fantastic.
Not only does Paul innovate with the pedal powered sewing machine, the speed and response to people’s ideas is unlike anything I’ve seen thus far. It’s freestyle hip-hop with a needle and thread. It’s hella cool.
Find out more about Paul at his website, and be slightly astonished at all the other strings to his bow.
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