Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.
Tara Badcock makes amazing tea cosies (or “tea cozies” for we Americans)! She incorporates all manner of textiles and further embellishes with hand and freehand machine embroidery, beads, hardware, and natural elements including bones.
Her ongoing Teacosy* Revolution project has me enamored of just how far one can go in making a practical household object into a work of art.
I don’t know if the private collectors of her works and commissions actually use their cosies for their utilitarian purpose, but I hope they do at least once in a while.
I encourage you to check out her flickr stream to see the huge variety of themes, materials and styles, because there is so much more than could fit here. Tara also elevates several other categories of household items to works of art; visit her flickr stream and her upcoming website to share my awe.
Tara Fields a.k.a. "TheMistressT" is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”