I have always disliked Valentine’s Day. It has nothing to do with being single, even when I have been in relationships, much to most of my past boyfriends’ relief, I have had no interest in celebrating it – mostly for the usual reasons people hate the holiday. But this year I decided to not be such a spoilsport. I made valentines for anyone who was interested in receiving one although I insisted they all be mailed. I had originally planned on making some simple paper cards but I am obviously incapable of making anything easy and before I knew it I was making valentine embroideries for everyone. I don’t really feel comfortable in the realms of cute and romantic, so I did my best but ended up with a bit of a science/anatomical/nerd overtone in most of them.
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.
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.
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.
Also the obligatory detail shots, because they are like stitch-porn to me.
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.
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!
I made these napkins a few months ago for the wedding of Annie Bradley and Mercury McCall. They approached me about making some napkins with a robot holding a heart embroidered on them and I, of course, was flattered and immediately accepted. They picked out the fabric and I got to work.
After a few attempts embroidering onto the napkin itself, I decided the best way would be an applique. So I started sewing napkins and embroidering robots and attaching appliques.
Their wedding looked like tons of fun and I hear the napkins were a big hit. Congratulations!
If you would like to check out their art you can find it at Annie Bradley Art. Word on the street is that they may be working on an animation of one of my favorite plays, “Ubu Roi” by Alfred Jarry. I would like to encourage them to continue. You should too.
A year or so ago I was perusing Joe Milutis’s amazing blog New Jersey as an Impossible Object and came across this video. I found it riveting and starting looking into bird mnemonics…you know, for fun. I recently starting thinking about them again and embroidering birds. I hope to start a project combining embroidery and mnemonics, but that will have to wait. In the meantime here is an Eastern Bluebird that I finished up.
I finally got a new laptop after mine bit the dust in December. I need to send apologies to everyone who had tried to contact me about purchasing pieces, but without a computer I was prevented from getting back in touch.
I have been busy making things but I have to say I don’t feel I am as productive with out this blog hanging over my head. It really seems to motivate me to finish things faster so I can share…crazy.
I recently have been embroidering tons of birds. It started by making an embroidered reproduction of my current favorite brooch, which I had purchased at Giant Robot in Los Angeles several years ago. The artist is Sarah Rara. It is make of wood and I cracked it a few months ago, which made me very sad. I decided to remake it in cloth for myself as I could not find the same one for purchase again, here is some of her others.
I still need to finish the edges and put a backing on it. I love it, though.
This is the last post of Twin Peaks Embroidery from my current show.
These are all fairly large, Bob and the Giant are 2×3 and the Log Lady is slightly larger.
I used all 6 strands of floss included in the standard Embroidery floss pack, so the stitching is pretty thick. They are all done in stem and chain stitches. After I was finished embroidering on the cotton I stretched them over canvases and used spray adhesive to secure them.
This is ten solid hours of knot work on Bob’s beard. I struggled a long time with how to do the stubble, as I knew the knots would take me forever, eventually I could not come up with any other viable options and gave in to the knots. Oh, colonial knots, thousands of colonial knots.
I kind of hated the one for the Giant, until I got it on the canvas. Now it’s my favorite of the large pieces.
Now to go work on tiny, tiny patches (one inch) of Twin Peaks character…. is this my new fate… bleeding fingers for Twin Peaks?