Category: Inspiration

18 Dec

Refashioning A One-Of-A-Kind Thrifted Find

I buy second-hand clothes as often as I can find what I need, but I also can’t resist when I find something unique at the thrift store. I picked up this dress from a consignment store on Salt Spring Island over the summer. It’s made from a silky smooth black nylon with a large piece […]

09 Aug

Exploring Embroidery in a Sampler

This summer has been a time for focusing on stitching work, with two completed sashiko pieces, and now this embroidery sampler. I’ve continued working on this small piece which I started in the Katy Biele workshop at the beginning of July, and recently finally finished it. I don’t think I’ve ever worked with so much […]

31 Jul

The Finished Sashiko Table Runner

I am so thrilled to share the finished hand-stitched table runner I made for the beautiful side table I restored last last year. They look wonderful together. The runner is stitched with a cross-stitch sashiko pattern called Jujizashi. I’d always wanted to try this one but felt intimidated by its seeming complexity. It was so […]

19 Jul

Learning Techniques for Contemporary Embroidery

Last week I was excited to attend an embroidery workshop, along with my friend Simone, taught by Katy Biele. She is a Chilean textile artist living in Victoria, and she creates elaborate and brightly coloured embroidered pieces inspired by her culture. In the class she talked about learning embroidery while travelling in India, figuring out […]

03 Jul

Work In Progress: Sashiko Stitched Runner

I started working on this new sashiko stitching project a few days after I finished the previous one I made for my friend Barb. I needed a new project to work on in time for Art & Craft Social. I’ve wanted a unique custom runner for the side table I refinished in December, and decided […]

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