Magical & otherworldly is how I would describe the embroidery and
illustratons of Japanese artist, Azumi Sakata. I love the mix of thread,
beading and humor in her pieces.
Azumi received her MFA at The Royal College of Art in London.
The work of Brooklyn based artist and fashion designer, Heather Marie Scholl encompasses many themes including feminism, sexuality and
beauty. Heather describes her upcoming show, Sometimes It’s Hard to
be a Womanas an installation that:
“addresses issues of domestic violence with my unique visual language.
It is a social statement but with a lot of beauty, and metaphor, and fashion
running through it. Its elegant and heavily hand embroidered, but
disquieting through the environmental set up.”Sometimes It’s Hard to be a Woman opens November 7 at
FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn.
I am so looking forward to getting my copy of Knit Wit Magazine – a
lifestyle magazine for the fiber art and craft community. This will be
a bi-annual publication filled with interviews, editorials, travelogues
and shopping. Their Kickstarter campaign doesn’t end until September
10th, and they’ve already surpassed their goal.
Introducing the first four beginner needlepoint kits by Billy Grrrl. The
kits come with a hand illustrated canvas, lots of floss, colorful and
clear instructions / diagrams, two needles, and a needle threader.
These kits make great gifts and are the perfect project for someone who
wants to try needlepoint or doesn’t want a large project commitment.
They are affordable and a lot of fun!
Heart SkullFern (sea creature)
I can’t get over the beauty and intricacy of Chloe Giordano‘s
embroidery. Some of her animals are barely the size of a thimble.
Chloe uses a straight stitch that she sews over and over with multiple
colors of sewing thread. All of this is done by hand. Check out Chloe’s
Facebook and Tumbler pages to see her process and updates on her
This is my very detailed tutorial on how to frame needlepoint. This was
something I struggled with for years; finding the perfect frame and how to
mount the artwork. Because my canvases are small, there is no need
to block them. Larger canvases will need to be blocked.
My first step is to cut around the canvas, I leave a border of 2 rows so
my needlework won’t unravel. Once the canvas is cut, I mount it on a
piece of thin foam core board using stitchery tape.
Once the canvas is mounted on the foam core, it is ready for framing.
I have my frames custom made for Billy Grrrl. They can be special
ordered by contacting me on the Billy Grrrl website or on Etsy.
I wrote about Lucky Jackson two years ago when she embarked on her
365 day embroidery project. She sells the original artwork as well as
prints of the originals in her Etsy shop. I revisited her website and
discovered these wonderful photographs of her girls.