Do you wake up every morning with a smile on your face? Do you always go that bit harder at the gym? Are you always the one your friends turn to in times of need? Are you just an awesome person that conquers every day like a rock star? Yeah, every damn day. Now you can celebrate your skills in the most prettiest of ways. This vintage doily had the original embroidered floral details and I've added a hand embroidered phrase in a lovely navy silk thread to bring the vintage material back into the 21st Century.
Tapestry threads! I've not yet explored tapestry, I've had the canvas ready for so long but not the threads. Cue my mage rad nanny and her collection of vintage wool.
Now I've got all the gear and no idea. Oh well, maybe everyone can have a wooly patterned bookmark for Christmas.
I'd forgotten how much I LOVE making blind contour line portraits. Something I'd learnt at college a million years a go as a way to truly look at your subject, you simply put your pen to your paper and draw what you see without looking back at the page. The results are fun, abstract lines and when layered, beautiful compositions are made that you'd probably not normally consider. You don't have to be 'able to draw' to join in, that's part of the fun. I find it great inspiration to start drawing again, especially when I'm getting bogged down with so many naughty embroideries. The above are all drawings of Suze while I stayed with her in Liverpool for a few days. I'd love to take these drawings further and turn them into embroideries. Actually..can you embroider fabric without looking? hmm...
After tumblr re-blogging this embroidery into the big bad world of the internet, people that discover where the work is from (tumblr is terrible at times for not crediting the artists), are always asking for the original. Due to my embroideries being re-worked vintage fabrics, it's near impossible to get the same again. I could re-create the embroidery but obviously this would reflect in the price every time and I'm keen to keep my work affordable. I also love the unique quality of total one of a kinds that re-worked vintage brings. So, to accommodate the die-hard fans, I'm creating brooches! Roughly 3" long with silver brooch fitting backs, now everyone can get in on the action.
They'll be in the Etsy shop in September.
I've just listed a handful of new cunt embroideries and other topical sayings. I've been a machine recently, stitching up a storm to catch up with sales since my little trip away. So, inevitably, I've now had enough of this and need a new topic! I'm officially de-sensitised to the word cunt. It's back to skulls and dead birds for a bit, maybe even some shit taxidermy inspired work.
You can purchase this embroidery, and many more, here.
Just in case using a traditional and feminine craft to embroider swear words wasn't bad enough, I've started embroidering more and more rap lyrics and 'gangster' sayings. You kids can't seem to get enough of it though.
'Fuck what you heard' small embroidery on a vintage doily is available here.
I've accidentally accumulated a large collection of cat ornaments, tea pots, planters and piggy (kitty) banks. It only started with a few, but after my birthday and a few car boot and charity shop finds, the collection seems to have multiplied.
This photo is only half of them.
I've never actually had a pet cat (my nanny has always had cats though)...