Little Black Crow

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Welcome to Gear Threads, where we showcase artists who are elevating machine embroidery to new heights!

Grace Garton is a full-time artist in Pontville, Tasmania, Australia. She works in many media, from painting to plush toys to embroidery, but the spirit of her work shines through in everything that comes out of her Little Black Crow Studio — little characters full of story and personality.

Grace uses freemotion machine embroidery and a hodgepodge of applique to create vivid, sweet images with a tactile dimension you can’t ignore.

Textile Art by Grace Garton

These kitty brooches combine painting and stitching on canvas. The expressions on each feline face are just delightful!

Textile Art by Grace Garton
Textile Art by Grace Garton

She also makes plush dolls and toys, including this primitive kitty — like one of the brooches come to life.

Textile Art by Grace Garton

The juxtaposition of Grace’s different types of work is intriguing — similar characters and themes, styled to showcase the unique strengths of each medium.

Art by Grace Garton
Art by Grace Garton

See more in Grace’s Little Black Crow Etsy shop!

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