Gear Threads – Louise Gardiner


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Machine embroidery work is sometimes associated with old ladies, soft kitten designs, and small stitched designs. That’s why I love how explosive the work of Louise Gardiner is, big and bold and bursting with texture and color, and nothing like you expect to come from a little ol’ sewing machine.

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Pieces like this one can’t truly be appreciated until you see the real scale of these textiles… I mean WOW!

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Louise Gardiner is a British artist and illustrator, and she has become well known for her world of weird and wonderful characters, and impressive machine embroidery skills. Her work is a combination of rhythmic drawing, intense and intricate free machine stitches, paints, appliqué and inks, and according to her bio can run a sewing machine like an “Aston Martin!”

I wouldn’t doubt it seeing some of the amazing detail in her work…

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As well as her own designs, her bold and bright stitching style has led to many commissioned pieces such as a giant window display at retailer LIBERTY in conjunction with a quilt festival, and big name brands like Kettle Chips.

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You can see lots of her work over on her website, as well as some amazing videos like this one from the COLLECT 2012 project, and even a behind the scenes feature on her Kettle Chips work.

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Created by illustrator Niamh O'Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.
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  • WOW! I’ve just gone and visited Lou’s site and she’s amazing! That video for her piece for the Collect project- You blew me away. Awesome. I think she’s my new craft hero!

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