Wood, glorious wood is what today’s ‘Exploring Etsy’ is all about and what happens when you introduce it to the wonders of those lovely stitched x’s we all affectionately know as cross stitch. Well when you have a talented crafter, who has a fabulous eye for colour and pattern, the possibilities are endless. Coincidentally, it just so happens that today’s featured seller Kerri Kokias is one such crafter, whose shop ‘Stitch Redux’ is glorious!
Kerri is a stay-at-home mom, writer and stitcher living in Seattle, Washington. Her modern wall hangings are a vibrant and playful exploration of cross stitch. Her exquisite eye for colour really draws your eye and makes a wonderful contrast against the gorgeous wood grains. As well as her fabulous shop it’s also worth checking out her instagram which is chock full of all the latest developments in her creative explorations.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
I learned to cross stitch at 13 when I went to visit my aunt in New York City. I flew by myself for the first time from the suburbs of Colorado to the big city. My aunt wanted to show me EVERYTHING and I was overwhelmed with the crowds and running around nonstop. One day, towards the end of the trip, we stayed home to make a scrap book of our adventures. My aunt had the idea that I cross stitch an apple for the cover of the scrap book to represent “The Big Apple.” I remember having opposing feelings while doing it. I was simultaneously intrigued with how all these little x’s came together to form a picture, but overwhelmed with how many little x’s I needed to sew. I was frustrated that my floss kept tangling and knotting, but impressed that my aunt could fix it. At one point, I lost count of my stitches and needed to remove a row. I was so discouraged to have to remove these eight or ten x’s I’d worked so meticulously to sew. I remember feeling disappointed that I didn’t finish the piece in time to put it on the scrapbook before leaving town, but in the end I was terribly proud of myself for creating this picture out of a scrap of cloth and bits of string.
What fires your imagination?
Words! Colors! Patterns! Texture! I get inspired by looking at various types of surface and textile design, fiber art, and quilt patterns. When I fall asleep at night I often have words and colors popping up and pairing in my head, forming random phrases and palettes.
Before I pop off and start the hunt all over again for more delights for the next instalment I wanted to share a bit of my own happy news. I’m very excited to announce that two of my own embroidery pieces are going to part of Islington Arts Factory Summer Salon exhibition. So if you should happen to find yourself in dear old London town between 12th June and 3rd July I’d love it if you popped along and took a peak! Until we meet again my lovely readers….
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.