Pajakis

29 Dec

I am currently obsessed with these Polish paper chandeliers called pajakis. I am not sure why I want one so badly, they are a little crazy and charming.

As soon as I have time to make something for myself, a pajaki is first on the list.

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Gus and Other Things

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Papernerds

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Lena Corwin

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Wren Handmade

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The Small Object

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Self Portrait at Sea

2 Nov

Self at Sea

This is my favorite of the self-portrait series I did. The hair is made up mostly of back stitch with touches of stem and split stitches to create the texture. It is probably 8-10 shades of brown.  I did the water all in split stitch. I have a hard time clocking the hours I spend working, but it took me about a month to do the water.

It is the first piece I have used watercolor crayons to do a wash on. I am slightly disappointed only in the fact that I think the blue wash isn’t visible under the blue stitching.

Self at Sea detail

Self at Sea (eye detail)

Self Portrait with Tentacle

28 Oct

In the past few months while working on this self portrait series I started researching for an upcoming project of embroidered hentai, so I ended up viewing a whole lot of tentacle pornography.  No. Really. A lot.  Anyone who has ever delved into that world has surely seen the classic japanese woodcut,  The Dream of The Fisherman’s Wife.  While not the most original, I do enjoy my take on devouring instead of being penetrated by the monster.

I had a lot of fun making the appliqued tentacle. The face is embroidered, washed with watercolor pencils and then appliqued.  I am starting an applique series of industrial accidents, so I am super excited about the fun of applique. I absolutely love embroidery and it is my first passion, but my pieces take so very long that applique is a refreshingly (and comparatively) quick respite from the sometimes tedious work of detailed needle art.

Tentacle Applique

Tentacle Applique (mouth detail)

I am probably forgetting some things

28 Oct

A list of things I am currently working on:
Finishing up a last few self portraits that didn’t make it to my show
A small series of awesome patches
Embroidered hentai series
Appliqued industrial accidents
Rachel and Matt’s wedding portrait
An embroidered present for Andrew
Regretsy portrait for a charity auction
Whitework X-rays
Twin Peaks musical puppet box
Taxidermy series in sculptural crochet
Stumpwork horror scenes collection
Giving up crafts

Does anyone have any requests? I honestly don’t mind.

Self Portrait Series Pt 2: Log Lady

27 Oct

I am still recovering from the last minute stresses of my show this past weekend, but I managed to get some photos taken of the pieces.
Even though I keep trying to swear off Twin Peaks inspired embroidery, I find myself here, yet again. I did a series of self portraits and still somehow worked it in.

 

Self Portrait as The Log Lady

Also the obligatory detail shots, because they are like stitch-porn to me.

 

Self as The Log Lady (face detail)

 

Self as The Log Lady (log detail)

Art Show: Embroidered Self-Portraits

19 Oct

I have been working on a series of self-portraits in embroidery and applique for my upcoming show.

Here is a sneak peak of one of those pieces.  My self portrait as two marabou storks. It is a simple outline in backstitch. I originally started it because, as always, I decided to experiment with new techniques for the series at the last minute and found myself a bit behind. I needed some work I could complete within a reasonable amount of time to show along with my more complex portraits. However, I really love it.

Self-portrait as two Marabou Storks

Self-portrait as two Marabou Storks Detail

So if you will be in the Austin area on October 23rd you should swing by the show. Also presenting the art of the amazing Don Jolly, Max McDermott, and Justin Prince.  Live music by The Fractals, Ben Pickett, Quin Galavis, Radiola and SPENCE! There will be tons of food and wine provided but you are welcome to BYOB. 3701 Werner, the third street East of IH-35 on 38th 1/2 street. Doors at 4pm.

More info at Incredible Art Show 6

Twelve Ways to Sunday

14 Sep

I was lucky enough to be asked to embroider the art for the movie poster of the amazing documentary Twelve Ways to Sunday by the wonderful Anna Farrell.  Anna came across my Twin Peaks portraits on Feeling Stitchy and got in touch with me through my blog (seriously, I can’t believe how awesome this is.)  It took about four months to do and I recently finished up this project.  I can’t explain how much I love this piece. These photos are mostly in progress shots and Anna sent me a photo of the entire finished piece.

Please go check out Twelve Ways to Sunday. It is worth it,  I promise. There will be posters and such for sale and word on the street is that there will be a limited edition fabric print.

The premier is in NYC on Sept. 22 as part of the Rooftop Film series.  So, if you are in there area you should go check it out. If not, I am sure I will be keeping everyone abreast on future screenings, as I am so excited about this.

Rita Close

Rita

Mary Detail

Greg 2

Fred Detail

Sandra Detail

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Twelve Ways To Sunday

Stumpwork Banners Pt 1

3 Aug

When I started my first few attempts at stumpwork for my last art show I seriously had no idea what I was getting myself into. I started off with some zombie pieces that ended up being so complex that I am still working on them 5 months later…with no end in site. When I finished my first few needle lace trees I honestly cried because it was so slow and frustrating. While I eventually got faster at making needle lace, I would by no means say I’ve mastered it. The banners I ended up showing are mostly wired needlelace, they also included applique, traditional embroidery and hand beading (I had never beaded either, ugg.) Here are some details of of the first banner, the center oval containing the skeleton measures roughly 1’X2′.

Stumpwork Skeleton-Fire Banner

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Stumpwork Skeleton-Fire Banner Detail1

Vintage Bakeware

20 Jul

Some years ago when my grandmother passed I got this vintage bundt cake pan of hers. This was before I started baking and I was just happy to have it because it was hers and I thought it was pretty.  A few days ago I used it for the first time and found it incredibly satisfying to be baking a cake in a pan so entrenched in the nostalgia of my childhood. My grandmother used this pan a lot.

Vintage Bundt Cake Pan

I decided to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake.  For those of you who have never used mayo in baking, it sounds pretty gross but makes one of the moistest cakes you will ever have in your mouth (it adds extra egg whites and oil to the batter.)  I had a ton of cold brewed iced coffee in the fridge so I replaced the water with that. when it was done I sprinkled it with confectioners sugar.  Yum!

Chocolate Bundt Cake 2

I was at The Good Knight the other night and had a delicious pot de creme made with earl grey, so I would like to give this cake a whirl with the earl grey instead of coffee.

Next I want to make the Tunnel of Fudge Cake. If you are not familiar with this gooey amazingness,  it won the Pillsbury Bake-Off  in the sixties. My grandmother made it all the time when I was young so it became one of my childhood favorites.  I wish I had her recipe, as I remember her telling me it was different, saying she was surprised when it won as she had been making a similar cake for years.

I found a recipe on the Pillsbury website but it’s not the same. Word on the street is that the original Bake-Off cake recipe called for a powdered frosting mix that is no longer available.  Plus, I know it did not have nuts in it. There are tons of recpies I’ve found that claim to emulate the original. I guess I’ll just have to bake a bunch of cakes until I find the right one and my poor friends and neighbors will just have to eat them.

Torture Applique

11 Jul

I had been working on my first stumpwork pieces and was looking at tons of medieval tapestries, needlepoint and embroidery to prepare. When the stumpwork was taking WAY longer than I had anticipated I decided to fill out my show with some applique inspired by the massive amount of torture images I had been viewing on a daily basis. Oh, those dudes love a martyrdom.

Water Torture Full 1

Cat's Claw Full 1

Saw Full 1

Cat's Claw Detail 2

Water Torture Detail 1

Saw Detail 1

These were massive amounts of fun and I cannot wait to finish up the eight or so projects I have lined up at the moment so I can make some more!

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