Another month, another needlecraft adventure my friends. Before we venture into the wilds of Etsy I just want to say a huge congratulations to Mr X and family for their new addition; she’s so cute! Speaking of cute, today’s featured maker Cynthia Treen has created a whole world of it in her shop ‘Cynthia Treen Studio‘. If you’re looking for your latest crafty project, might I suggest you look no further than this amazing collection of kits and patterns.
Cynthia is a Rhode Island based designer and textile artist. As long as she can remember, fabric has been her obsession. She’s worked in fashion, television, sculpture, couture wedding dresses, and custom quilts, but by far her greatest passion has been sharing her love of sewing with others. Which is why in 2011 she launched her line of threadfollower hand-stitching kits.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
To tell you the truth, I can’t remember the time before I was sewing. I had a doll house that was the inspiration for countless projects. I made rugs from scraps of velvet and lace unearthed from grandmotherly sewing boxes. I stitched drapes, wallpapered rooms and created miniature bedding and clothing for the mice who were my doll houses occupants. Making and stitching have always been my favourite creative outlets.
What fires your imagination?
As you might imagine, animals and nature are a major source of inspiration for me, but the magic that comes from sparking joy, creativity, and confidence in others keeps my imagination flowing and going strong! The story of the kits begins with me, but ultimately they are not mine, they live on in the imaginations of everyone who makes them or connects with them in any way.
Her exquisite animals are an utter joy to behold and the wonderful staging in her product photography, many of which have been taken by photographer Karen Philippi, really brings them to life. To explore the fabulous world of her work further make sure to check out her shop.
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 Etsy shop.