This is me, mesmerized by Kate Keara Pelen’s stitching.
How cool is the color (inked) on that aida fabric?
I love the “splotches” of color created by her satin stitches.
This table cloth is pretty righteous too.
More needlework and pieces done in different media here.
Sequin Soup – don’t you love that name? It’s the title of Aisling Smyth’s tumblr and I personally would like to dive headfirst into a soup made by this talented embroiderer. You’ll see collage and illustration there too. I like how she mixes her media—floss, paint, fabric, machine and hand embroidery. Her work looks and feel experimental, like art is play for her.
Which is not to say that her work isn’t put-together because it absolutely is. But on Smyth’s tumblr, we get to see the progress.
Pattern, pattern, pattern. A celebration of pattern.
Some pop culture for fun.
And how amazing is this?
It was featured on Mr X Stitch.
Pop over to tumblr and get to know Smyth and her work.
Really like her quirky collages and the variety of materials and bits and bobs that go into them.
There are more textile pieces plus hand drawn cards and other items in the Half of Ten shop.
Sophie Standing is an artist who lives in Kenya. According to her wonderful website: “Sophie’s textile embroidered art is inspired by the flora and fauna around her in Africa and combines this with her passion for fabrics and textiles. Her one off pieces are created by appliqueing an intricate collage of fabric onto the canvas where her image is already sketched out. She then draws the details over the top of the fabric with her sewing machine using many different coloured threads.”
And, my word. These are beautiful! So incredibly intricate. Like stitched paintings.
Standing’s website has a fantastic gallery where you can see all of her animals.
I still love these super cool, almost sparse, and often mod-style cut-and-paste collages by Bricolagelife. (Is “sparse” right? “Spare” wouldn’t be right. I just mean that there is lots of space around the collage work and the images have room to breathe.)
I discovered Lorena Marañón only last Friday when I posted about her involvement in the Sampler Embroidery project. Little did I know that I was missing out on her gorgeous work. Her colors are vibrant, her style intricate. Both weave together in pieces that grab your eyeballs and pull them in for a closer look.
Visit Marañón’s website to see more embroidery pieces and check out her accessories too.
So cool. Enjoy!
Sampler Embroidery is a consortium, an etsy shop stocking pieces by five artists/embroiderers. So far, they have five items. Five wonderful items. All are stitched on vintage handkerchiefs. You can learn more about the contributing artists and their project here.
Do check out the artists’ websites. You’re in for a treat.