Category: Experimentation

13 Mar

Sewing Improv and a Case for Sunglasses

For someone who is an inexperienced sewer I seem to make many sewing projects without a pattern. I’ve done this in the past to make a laptop case for Boris, bedroom curtains, and pillow slip covers. They’ve all turned out okay, so I keep diving in with my patternless improv. I’ve been wanting to make […]

13 Feb

Work In Progress: Ideas for a Clothing Embellishment Project

I have many pieces of clothing that are waiting in the wings to receive an awesome upgrade of stitching, but at the moment I’ve been focused on sorting out a design to add to a stretch denim skirt I purchased secondhand last summer. Pictured above is the start of a sashiko design made up of […]

05 Nov

Drawing with Thread Workshop

I was excited to take the Drawing with Thread workshop taught by my friend Amanda Wood at Collage Collage last weekend. She is a textile artist working in weaving and stitching, and I was curious to see what I could take away to apply to my recent stitch and embroidery explorations. We started things off […]

12 Oct

French Knot Embroidery in Paper

My experiments in making french knots on paper the other week led to working on a larger and more elaborate piece that I finished in the studio on Monday. I took many photos of my¬†progress as I worked. The consistency of my French knots has seen a huge improvement from those first tentative test pieces. […]

03 Oct

Work In Progress: Embroidery on Paper Tests

I recently made the transition from stitching on cloth to paper, which was bound to happen sooner or later because I am a paper artist after all. I started with a small scrap piece of paper and made a circle of French knots in red thread. I added the paper cut design after the embroidery […]

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