Embroidery Glimpses

I've been working hard over the last month and this next month to prepare for my first 'gallery' showing at Apotheca Flowers & Tea Shoppe in Goffstown. I have never before displayed my craft in gallery form, and am getting a bit nervous! Not only do I have to come up with a name for the show, but I also have to create new artwork, pull it all together in a cohesive form, and be present at an opening reception hosted by Apotheca. I suppose that even though I've been creating for a while, this is a bit like my debut into the world of textile art. Or at least the in-person world - I've displayed my work online and in magazines many times before, and my lamps are hanging on display in Chicago for all to see. All this to give you a few embroidery glimpses in preparation for my show! I will try to take photos of my work, and perhaps get a nice photo of me in there somewhere to show you. In addition to installing my artwork and being part of the opening reception, I will also be teaching a weaving workshop to introduce participants to the basics of simple weaving. I have never taught a workshop before, so it should be an adventure!

embroidery glimpses embroidery glimpses

If you live in the area, stop by Apotheca to view my work on August 1! Each piece will be available for purchase, either separately or grouped together as a single artform. Support local art and business!

Textile Art Glimpses

It's been a while since I've posted - a few glimpses into my latest adventures in textile art are long overdue, I think! crochet fiber art

crochet fiber art

Finding new ways to utilize crochet in fiber and textile art is one of my favorite things to do. Here I machine-stitched the edges of a coffee bag and crocheted directly into the burlap to create a new texture.

hand embroidered hoop art

hand embroidered hoop art

hand embroidered hoop art

hand embroidered hoop art

These handmade, hand-embroidered pieces are going to be part of a very special display in a few months. Stitching over patterned fabric is a favorite technique of mine - adding that three-dimensional textile element to flat fabric is SO fun. Just another form of textile art that I just love.

And last - upcycling old T-shirts. I love doing this. Right now I have an excess of embroidery thread, and going through the tattered cardboard box of colors to pick the ones that would most compliment the shirt is so relaxing. For the pumpkin orange tee, I chose leaf green, gold, mahogany, and cream.

upcycled embroidered t-shirt

upcycled embroidered t-shirt

I may post a more involved how-to on this soon - who knows? Time is one thing I don't have much of anymore - at least daylight time. Perhaps I'll snag a few early morning hours of natural light to photograph a quick DIY. Stay tuned!