Exploring Etsy with loadofolbobbins!

Hello again, fancy meeting you here *waves excitedly at readers* that’s right folks it’s ‘Exploring Etsy’ time again. Whether you’re a fellow Etsy shop holder or an enthusiastic customer I’m sure you all know how important good product photography can be in showcasing the beautiful creations on offer. This week I’m introducing you to the work of the wonderfully talented Sabina Gibson, whose Etsy shop ‘Mount Royal Mint’ is chock-full of creations and product photographs that are stunning!

Little Tiger by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Little Tiger by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Narwhal by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Narwhal by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Working as a toy designer and soft sculpture artist Sabina lives in beautiful Montreal, Canada. She shares her studio with her husband with whom she’s produced a number of film and video animation projects. This year will also see the release of her own line of children’s toys and her first illustrated picture book titled “Little Bird, Be Quiet”.

Cloud Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Cloud Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Woodland Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Woodland Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

What is your earliest stitching memory?

When I was little, my Gram took care of me. Whenever she had a chance, she would love to sew on her machine. To keep me occupied while she worked she would cut images from my colouring books, and trace them onto scrap fabric. She would then add points, connect-the-dot style around the outline and stick it in a hoop. She’d set me up with a large, not so sharp needle threaded with my yarn and I would sit for hours going “over and under” with the needle and thread making all my favourite animals and characters. She was so clever!

Megafauna Group by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Megafauna Group by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Birchwood Spirit Bear by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Birchwood Spirit Bear by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

What fires your imagination?

I love the art gallery and fashion mags. Colors inspire me and so do walks with my dog Mayble. I think every animal I create has a little bit of Mayble in them. Fantasy films and anime, 80s cartoons and everyday objects. A leaf I picked up, a roll of washi tape or a fabulous skein of embroidery floss. I once found great inspiration from a box of tissue. You never know where or when those little sparks might fly!

Pink Hippo by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Pink Hippo by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

If you’re anything like me you’ll have fallen in love with all of Sabina’s work and want to give all of her gorgeous creatures a new home! Make sure to head over to her Etsy shop to see the whole glorious collection, I’d also recommend following her on instagram, her images are always a delight. Until next time my lovely readers, Adieu!

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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!

 

Delightful things are coming out of PaleGray Labs, a collaboration between cartoonist/animator/quilter Nina Paley and scientist/author/software developer Theodore Gray. Based in Urbana, IL, this power duo is taking computerized stitching in creative new directions. They’ve done some machine embroidered animations, like these (and also this):

Ziz_photo_movie

Old-school embroidermation. Sort of.

Old-school embroidermation. Sort of.

And they’re putting their new quilting machine to great use in wonderfully geeky and challenging new ways:

Pale Gray labs specializes in creating stitchwork that is beyond the capacity of human beings; designs that can only be executed by robot. … Our speciality is the application of sophisticated mathematical techniques to the creation of single-line stitching instructions, starting from vector art (Adobe Illustrator, EPS, etc).

What’s that look like, you ask? There are these pretty Fibonacci spiral quilts:

Fibonacci sequins.

Fibonacci sequins.

And then there are the gigantic Thousand Dollar Quilts (full of more beautiful patterns, just like real money, and available at face value!):

Minting money on the quilting machine, named Behemoth.

Minting money on the quilting machine, named Behemoth.

The duo created these $1K bills as a more affordable version of Nina’s Ten Thousand Dollar Quilt (“Bargain”) — a snuggly commentary on the value of art and craft:

High-end art is a form of currency for elites. Art museums and critics encourage us peasants to believe the value in these “priceless art treasures” is based on utility (i.e., the more they cost, the more “genius” they contain). But the value of high end art is due to collectors attaching their surplus capital to it. …

Ironically (for ironic juxtaposition!) quilts are among among the most under-valued art forms. They also require more skill and time than almost any other art-making technique I’ve tried. The selling price of quilts seldom covers the costs of materials; quilters often prefer to give their quilts away. An “expensive” quilt usually costs more than the value of materials, but less than minimum wage for labor. I recently met a master quilter whose beautiful wall quilt, which took months of expert work and won many awards, was professionally appraised at $3,500. This is considered very high; had it not been widely displayed and won many awards, it would be “worth” far less.

A bargain.

A bargain.

Can’t wait to see what Nina and Theo will create next! In the meantime, check out the PaleGray site to see all the collaborations, take a closer look at those gorgeous Thousand Dollar Quilts, and peruse Nina’s blog for more of the stories and photos behind these unique creations.

PaleGray's first-ever design for a quilting machine.

PaleGray’s first-ever design for a quilting machine.

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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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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

Hungry? Feast your eyes on this smörgåsbord of delectable felt goodies! I’ve gathered some of the best felt foods (needle felt and wet felt) from around the web, so I hope you will enjoy this artwork that’s good enough to eat.

Baltos Kandys

Baltos Kandys

Baltos Kandys

Baltos Kandys (Lithuania)

Fuzz.e.Food by Kerri Wessel Fuzz.e.Food by Kerri Wessel Fuzz.e.Food by Kerri Wessel

Fuzz.E.Food by Kerri Wessel (United States)

Angela Andrews/Woolly Duck Angela Andrews/Woolly Duck Angela Andrews/Woolly Duck

Angela Andrews/Woolly Duck (UK)
Unfortunately Angela doesn’t seem to have a website anymore, but here is an interview she gave in 2011 to UK Handmade which has a few more photos and some insights into her process.

Die Filzlaus/Beate Bossert Die Filzlaus/Beate Bossert Die Filzlaus/Beate Bossert

Die Filzlaus/Beate Bossert (Germany)

If you’re reaching for a snack right now, you are not alone. These are some seriously scrumptious creations. Thanks for reading, and bon appétit! :)

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