Embroidery really isn’t a thing I had paid much attention to until recently. Imagining twee dancing teddies cross stitch kits, and the primary school manhandlings of binca and sequins put me off a touch. But Andrew Salomone’s breakbeats sampler (below – 4) turned my head and revved me for an embroidery post. Here it is:
2. Abstract embroidery by Tilleke Schwarz who says her work can be understood as a kind of visual poetry – a mixture of contemporary influences, graffiti, icons, texts and traditional images from samplers.
3. The exquisitely detailed ‘Take it Further’ Fiber Book by Million Little Stitches.
4. Head turner – Breakbeats Sampler.
1. Samski*Art‘s ‘You Are Imprinted on My Brain’ embroidered artwork.
2. Cephalopod. By Thread of Consciousness.
4. Wicked Pin Up cross stitch PDFs from Cross Stitch Planet‘s DaWanda shop. Lots to choose from!
2. A stitch a day tutorials from the Hand Embroidery Network.
4. Chili Sauce Sampler by Stitched by Christine.
1. Hehehehe, one of Wild Olive’s PDF patterns for sale on Etsy.
2. Beau embroidered brooch by APPLIQUE.
3. Puff ball dress with embroidered panel, from Lizi.
4. Queens of the Elements, from The 7th Magpie.
1. FAB! Stitcher Scribbler on Folksy.
2. One of Joey’s Dream Garden‘s Mewberry Cutes brooches.
3. The Pimp Stitch blog…free patterns and tutorials.
4. Old school tat brooch by Magasin.
And now for my embroidery hero – Susan Collis. Anyone who went to see the Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft exhibition which toured from the V&A and passed through Sheffield earlier this year will have seen, if they looked closely, her wonderful embroidered dust sheet (‘Better Days’) and white coat (‘Paint Job’) pieces. Collis works with traditional craft techniques such as marquetry and embroidery, stitching paint splatters on dust sheets and inlaying marks on the surface of a table. Pictured below is ‘Paint Job’.
They think it’s all over – it is now.