one of my favourite versions of the 'home is where them fuckers ain't' embroidery so far. Beautiful large vintage cloth with burgundy silk thread used for the text. Available here.
Based on traditional tattoo flash drawings, a dainty hand and flowers embroidery to be framed.
I think I'll keep it just black thread.
Using old/found/unkown photographs in my work is something I've done since my college days, and a style that I always come back to. Recently, the worldwide Etsy craft party was based around stitching onto photos, old or new, and bringing them back to life. As there wasn't a party nearby for me to join in with, I joined through the power of Instagram and posted photos (how ironic?) of my interpretations. I went against the rules though and stitched directly onto the old photos themselves which were a solid card. It's advised that you scan and print a new copy, so as not to loose the original. However, I love the thought of a photo from the 50's (top) and 30's (bottom) being turned into contemporary art with a traditional craft. I've got a box full of old wedding and unkown family photos which I can't wait to alter.
Through the power of Twitter I stitched up this little custom embroidery for a lovely lady.
There's now a million ways to find me and the latest goings-on in the land of Intwosandthrees.
- Virginia Woolf
A very detailed hand embroidered study of a small bird. Black thread on white cotton, framed in a small vintage gold and brown metal frame.
more embroidered swear words, as usual, available here.
mini wooden weaving loom: £3
velvet poodle postcard, from 1945: 20p
vintage tapestry backpack: £1.95
hand embroidered cherub on velvet £1.50
pink and purple Staffordshire dog: £4.99
I've been super lucky at the local charity shops recently, but to then find a genuine Staffordshire pup, which I've been after for forever as my nanny always had a pair (but couldn't bare parting with £50), for only £4.99?! WINNING. The tapestry backpack is pretty bloody good too.
Another custom pet portrait.
I could make these forever, I love the use of colouring and shading with the stab stitch embroidery technique. I post step-by-step photos of custom pet portraits on my Instagram page @leighjennings
Sadly, just as the customer received this portrait (they lived in America), poor old Bramble had to be put to sleep after 15 years. A perfect little reminder on a sad day.
Small post-it note sized bits of paper with patterns, notes, scribbles and drawings. I don't know what I'm doing with them, but drawing at this size takes away that stressful feeling of a blank paged sketchbook.