Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interpreting Needlework kits -Changing them to your style

While looking for a simple flower and leaf motif for my daughter to embroider on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread I came across a pansy kit make-over.

Looking farther another post from Margaret using the same kit and changing it yet again , " Less is More' makes an even more beautiful embroidered pansy.

Compare them all and you can see the difference from the kits original 'paint by number look to the beautiful single thread needle painting.  which one would you rather display?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Manly Perspective of a Womanly Dominated Art

 Gary Clarke is one of the few men who have ventured from designing to artistically producing beautiful works in the field of embroidery. I especially praise his works for their modesty, fairies, mermaids, and victorian girls. I love a work that is balanced in color, proportion and symmetry. He has designed several affordable kits that I will place on my wish list. Meanwhile we can enjoy his website and his books.

Visiting Beautiful (Blogs) Parlors on the web

I have been visiting some embroidery/ sewing pages on the web that inspire and motivate creativity.

 I went back to Francesca Vanucci's,  La Soffitta del Tempo Perduto to see if she had posted any more progress on her very intricate embroidery project and was delighted that she had worked some of the embroidery after teasing us with her beautiful drawing. She has also added many other pictures of her fine work in sewing and embroidery. I love her balance of color.

While looking for some ideas for handkerchiefs I came across Southern Matriarch  and The Old Fashioned Baby Sewing Room with many examples of heirloom embroidery.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Samplers & Stitches

From Mary Corbett's Needle and Thread Page An online book of Embroidery stitches available for download in PDF format or view online.

Historical needlework Resources

A rich resource of history in art for students.