Helloooo! Happy Friday! Can you tell I’m a bit ecstatic? Maybe because it is 0 freakin’ degrees here and I’m ready to hole up in the house for the weekend. Just wanted to pop in and wish you a happy weekend as well as share this fun project. My mom just sent me the link via Country Living: Embroidered wall art made from grain sacks. Would look great in a vintage kitchen, methinks.
Alas, my hands are still crunked up due to the aforementioned tendonitis. So I will not be stitching this weekend. I will be reading and cleaning the Castle and hanging out with my boys. Perfection. You?
Benhy Bradshaw Costello has brought together two of my favorite things: literature and stitching. I discovered them through the Phat Quarter Flickr group run by Mr X Stitch (who else?). You can find other photos of Benhy’s work in his Flickr stream. You’ll also find photos of men in drag. So that’s fun.
Meet Lotta Pia-Kallio, a textile artist (well, she works in other media too) from Finland. Here’s her bio (source):
Born in 1969 Rauma, FinlandAn artisan and Master of Education. Graduated art teacher from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2001 and currently works as an artist and visual arts lecturer. Has participated in both domestic and foreign exhibitions since 1996. Her works have been bought into the collections of Salo and City of Helsinki Art Museums.” I am interested in small stories and traces left by different events. My favourite materials and media are textile, photographs and video. I also make art of used objects, reassemble pieces into new stories and realities. My works often reflect the past: I try to catch the time passing by, understand the events around me, rewind and play in slow motion.”
And here is a sampling of her intricate work:
More installations and embroidery on her website. Enjoy!
Yesterday I shared some gorgeous boats made by artist Ann Wood. When I saw them, I scooted over to her website where I fell into her beautiful world of salvaged materials and artistic experiments. So so lovely.
This is a talented woman who can’t not make things. And she clearly creates for the joy of it.
I ask you.
More of this loveliness, and where to purchase her work here.
Well, it’s been a week – bad me! And to be honest, I haven’t been stitching much. I’ve been going to physical therapy for tendonitis in both of my hands. And rest is the main prescription, so I’m slacking on the embroidery front.
What I have been doing is working. (Get ready for the least exciting photo on the interwebs.)
Anyway, thought I’d share some of my internet finds with you since I have nothing too stitchy to offer today.
In the vein of wishing for the arrival of spring, two loveable robins by Mirjami Design.
This great sunshine softie by Handmade Romance
Stitched tag featured on Cloth, Paper, Scissors
“Mountains at dusk” by Shop Hoopla
Cool collar by One Man Trash
And, lastly, these bloomin’ amazing boats by Ann Wood
See you soon!
I’m not sure I can express how completely the work of Paddy Killer has blown my mind. It seems this UK artist uses a potent mixture of machine and hand embroidery, painting, drawing, applique, and, uh, magic? Has to be magic…
Such an extreme variety of pieces. I mean, she could fill a museum on her own. You’ll love her website.