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.
I first discovered and wrote about Lucy Sparrow back in January when I
donated to her Kickstarter Campaign. Lucy has taken over an empty
cornershop and filled it with thousands of items made from felted soft
sculpture. The Cornershop is up and running until August 31st. If you are
in London don’t miss out on this special installation. From my donation
I received a felted prozac key ring which I just love.
19 Wellington Row
images via the Mirror
Photographer Cheryl Koralik is on the most incredible journey throughout
Southeast Asia. Her images really capture the spirit and humanity of
this region. Southeast Asia is one of my favorite travel destinations.
You can discover these magical photos on Cheryl’s Instagram feed.
Only 9 more days to pledge to The School of Doodle‘s Kickstarter
Question: What is the School of Doodle?
Answer: A free online high school for the imagination and for teenage girls.
How cool is that!
If you love granny squares check out Etsy Shop, handmade by ria.
Striking colors combined with cool motifs make these pillows and
blankets stand out from the rest. I especially like the brightly colored
motifs on a grey background.
Dutch artist Marloes Duyker‘s embroidery and applique pieces have been
commissioned by a wide range of clients from Volvo to a booklet for
prostitutes regarding health safety practices and HIV. You can check
out more of her art and illustration at Naked Design.
I was so lucky to recently see Nick Cave‘s film 20,000 Days on Earth.
Inspiring, stunning, a visual and musical feast. Actually, words can’t
describe how much I enjoyed this film. The film is due to be released this
fall and I can’t wait to see it again!
I recently discovered Laura McKellar‘s cat sketches. I was very familiar
with Laura’s embroidery on digital print work which I posted a few years
ago. The cat paintings are so simple, yet so full of character and
playfulness. I also have a fondness for Siamese cats, which attracted me
to this series immediately.