Hand Embroidery

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I’m just gunna leave this here….

 

Aubrey Longley Cook - Runaway - Animated Hand Embroidery

SNAP OUT OF IT!! I know, it is hypnotising!

This amazing animation is made up entirely of hand embroidery and is by infamous embroiderer Aubrey Longley-Cook. You can learn all about him, this work and many of his other pieces over at the original eMbroidery post!

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Exploring Etsy with loadofolbobbins!

It’s that time of year again folks, the Easter bunny’s just popped to the barber for an extra special tail fluffing and the increasingly large egg shaped confectionery has started calling to us with their chocolaty siren song, (no? you mean that’s just me!), the Easter weekend is fast approaching. So much like the intrepid egg hunters each year I have once again traversed the wild Etsy forests to find yet another talented maker to share with you all, I present for your delectation Stephanie Lemay and her shop ‘Rivulette’.

Strawberry Sprig Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Strawberry Sprig Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Wildflowers Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Wildflowers Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Sunflowers Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Sunflowers Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Stephanie is an artist/maker based in Burlington, Vermont working under the name Rivulette, producing and designing a vast array of beautiful goodies. Everything from luxury yarns and embroidered jewellery to fine art paintings and prints. Traditional craft processes and folk art elements feature strongly in her work, and colour, surface pattern and antique/vintage textiles are a constant source of inspiration. She comes from a family of makers and tinkerers who can be traced all the way back to her great-grandmother’s busy creative hands, a maker of clothes, handbags and meticulous quilts. It was her own mother, a very talented seamstress herself who taught Stephanie to sew when she was 5 or 6. At the age of 14 Stephanie fell in love with hot glass while in high school, studying under Elizabeth Lyons, Brett Pierce and Jeanne Menafo at More Fire Glass Studio in Rochester, New York. In 2005 she graduated with a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, with concentrations in glass and printmaking. When it comes to all important free time she practices Jivamukti yoga and bluegrass banjo, (though she assures me not at the same time), hangs out with friends, cooks, schleps around the Green Mountains with her med. student husband and reads voraciously.

Luna Moth Necklace by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Luna Moth Necklace by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Red Folk Art Necklace by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Red Folk Art Necklace by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Tiny Arrow Geometric Necklace by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Tiny Arrow Geometric Necklace by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

What is your earliest stitching memory?

I remember watching my mother working on cross stitched pictures to hang on our walls. She gave me her first one – a hoop filled with hearts and scrollwork circled in lace. I love it and keep it hung on the wall of my studio. Her work and tastes have evolved over the years and she’s now making freeform stitched felt houses and other wonderful things. My mother’s creativity was certainly inspiring growing up. When I was tiny, I was given a beautiful redwork embroidered quilt that was stitched in 1907 by my great-grandfather while he convalesced. He was only eight years old when he did the embroidery, and what a treasure that quilt is! I remember admiring it and spreading it out on my bed or on the living room floor to look closely at the designs he made as a child. It really captivated me, and still does!

Crochet Lace Stones by Rivulette

Crochet Lace Stones by Rivulette

White Triangles Geometric Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

White Triangles Geometric Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Arrows Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

Arrows Brooch by Rivulette (Hand Embroidery)

What fires your imagination?

I get so excited when I look at textile works done by people long ago- I like to imagine what their lives were like and how many evenings spent by candlelight it took to complete their labors of love. I collect antique quilts and spend hours studying them and learning about how they were made. I feel it’s such a shame that most products out there in the world today are made without care and only for profit. I long for a world where that’s not the case, where things are made with intention and the makers’ works are vital to society and culture. One of my favorite things is to go to the library and get a huge stack of books about needlecraft, art and design and soak up as much visual inspiration as I can. This really fuels my creativity. I’m lucky that I’m a person who has more ideas than time…I’ve seen a quote online that goes something like “my brain has too many tabs open” and I can totally relate to that. I’m also inspired by vintage clothing and design, especially 1920s drop waist dresses, cloche hats, and 1950s aprons and housedresses. Going to flea markets is one of my favorite things. I’m always looking for antique packaging tins, embroidered textiles, old quilts, and interesting jewelry.

32 Flavors Yarn by Rivulette (Hand Spinning)

32 Flavors Yarn by Rivulette (Hand Spinning)

Snips and Snails Garland by Rivulette (Crochet)

Snips and Snails Garland by Rivulette (Crochet)

As always folks there is oh so much more lovely work to take a peek at in her shop so please make sure to head on over and check it all out!

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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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Stitchgasm – Jimmy Brunt

by Mr X on 18 March 2015

It's another Stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch - the home of contemporary embroidery

Thanks to Jimmy Brunt for reaching out to share this great piece of work:

Jimmy Brunt's Mixed Media Portrait

“It’s a very intricate, hand cut stencil, over-which I spray paint, tea, acrylic, and ink, and then I embroider it.  This piece is almost finished, but more thread to add. They take about 6 weeks each.”

Jimmy Brunt's Mixed Media Portrait

Jimmy’s a talented son-of-a-gun – check out his stencil work! I’m glad to see him coming over to the stitched side!

Jimmy Brunt's Mixed Media Portrait

This is a damn cool stitchery and I love it when people mash together various media like this. I look forward to seeing what else he comes up with!

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Thanks to Karen from WomanWithANeedle for telling us about two forthcoming workshops taking place in Santa Fe, California:

Rosalind Wyatt will be teaching May 12-16, 2015, and Jessie Chorley will be teaching September 15-19, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The workshops will be a fun mix of creating in the studio and exploring Santa Fe. You’ll enjoy the company of our other creative participants as we visit the art galleries of Canyon Road, go to Museum Hill, including the International Folk Art Museum, and go shopping around The Plaza. Details at www.womanwithaneedle.com

Fortnum & Mason commission by Rosalind Wyatt

In Rosalind’s workshop, you’ll learn her technique of stitched calligraphy…writing with a needle.  Transform handwriting into stitch onto a garment or other meaningful textile to bring your own original story to life.  You’ll have the opportunity to play with Western style calligraphy and zen brushwork as well as stitch.  Rosalind is an extraordinary teacher and you will be inspired!

Stitched calligraphy. Art by Rosalind Wyatt.

 

Rosalind ongoing project “The Stitch Lives of London” is an art textile installation telling the story of London in stitch, a modern day Bayeux Tapestry. One of the most recent contributions was Jude Law’s shirt from when he played Hamlet on the London stage.  Rosalind embroidered his favorite lines of dialogue from the play onto the shirt (in his handwriting).  Find out more about Rosalind at www.rosalindwyatt.com

There is a promotion on Rosalind’s workshop ending on March 25 – bring a friend and get 50% off the second workshop fee! Get in there quick!

Victorian shoes with stitched art/calligraphy by Rosalind Wyatt

In Jessie’s workshop, “Hand Embroidered and Patchwork Souvenir Hankies” she will show you her signature style of hand embroidery. She uses the needle and thread as a drawing tool, creating scenes and little stories with simple quotes and images.   You will create with found objects and vintage textiles to create your own little story within a hankie.  Jessie believes in “Make Do and Mend”. 

Jessie Chorley Hankies

Both Jessie and her work are charming and you will be enchanted  by her style of embroidery, collage and applique  Jessie co-owns the shop “J&B ” on Columbia Road in London. Her shop.  She designs fabric, paper, rubber stamps, and creates altered journals and wearable art from vintage textiles and found objects. Find out more about Jessie at www.jessiechorley.com

Jessie Chorley Hankies 2

To book on either of these workshops, visit www.womanwithaneedle.com Tell them Mr X Stitch sent you! :)

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