In her series Friends to Keep You Warm, Izziyana Suhaimi fuses the realms of embroidery, illustration and watercolor together. Featuring hand drawn girls and boys, each portrait bleeds with kaleidoscopic explosions of paint, alongside embroidered headpieces that range from tame to bizarre. The colors and textures in each piece are so mesmerizing, it’s no wonder they’ve garnered Ms. Suhaimi attention. You can spy the killer collection — reminiscent of fashion illustrations — after the jump.
We’ve adored Rosie Music’s Shy illustrations for quite some time now, so when news hit that she collaborated with Sublime Stitching for these works, we had to find out more. A collaboration that was years in the making — five to be precise — Rosie Music joined forces with the online stitching company, who transformed her super sweet Shy Girl into an adorable embroidered pillow pattern. Sublime Stitching then asked Ms. Rosie to create a Shy Boy companion for their Girl, which she did, complete with an unraveled bow-tie and bird mask hiding his face. Without further ado, swoon over the darling pillow set below, and get your embroidery needles out to create the pillows at home with Sublime Stitching’s kits.
Not too long ago, we brought you Tiny Toad Stool’s lovely embroidered bib necklaces, and now Shan Shan’s collection of playful mittens have caught our eye. While it’s totally too warm — over here on the East Coast, anyway — to wear mittens now, the quirky detailing and love put into each pair should be admired regardless of the season. Shan Shan makes every set out of wool, before dying and embellishing them with embroidery, colorful trims, and pom-poms. Check out a few adorable mittens after the jump, and visit Tiny Toad Stool on Etsy.
Buenos Aires textile artist Miga de Pan creates magical embroidered pieces that carry an air of innocence and tips its hat to childhood whimsy. The embroidery maven uses fabric and yarn as her mediums, on which she weaves in imaginative, doodle-esque portraits of chairs, animals, abstract flowers, and scenery. Our favorite embroidered piece of her’s happens to be a textile cactus number that doubles as a pin cushion, and lies in a terracotta planter. Want more? Check out Miga’s playful and inspiring needlework after the jump.
Tiny Toad Stool aka Japan-stationed crafter Shan Shan has made a name for herself through the gorgeous embroidery that adorns her felted berets and oven mitts. Her creations are unique and cute, bordering on eccentric, with clusters of Swiss dots embellishing floral and abstract designs. Her latest creation comes ready-for-spring in the form of a leaf-embellished collar/bib-necklace. Shan Shan layers multi-colored pieces of felt to create height for the leaves — almost like jewels on a necklace — before topping it off with a whimsical take on nature through embroidered detailing. Get ready for springtime with these sweet collars below, before visiting Tiny Toad Stool on Etsy.
Committing to a daily creative project would be a daunting task for many an artist, let alone one that requires as much precision and time as embroidery. But, that’s just what Lucky Jackson, an Ontario-based illustrator/crafter/mom, did with her blog 365 Lucky Days. Jackson embraced the time-sensitive challenge with a playful attitude — so far, she’s created over 150 embroidery hoops based around themes that show-off her love of cinema, hoarding retro goods, and domestic bliss, amongst other topics — and a steady hand with embroidered illustrations that feature jaw-dropping shadow-detailing. We’re over-the-moon for her crafty odes to pop-culture, which you can swoon over below, and head on over to Jackson’s blog for the full gallery.
Inspired by her childhood in the Kent Countryside, English artist Catherine Frere-Smith creates jaw-dropping, embroidered soft sculptures of birds by hand. Each true-to-life piece features hours-upon-hours of perfectly executed embroidery, lending texture and color to the organic cotton, naturally dyed lambswool yarn and copper wire-made piece. Check out Ms. Frere-Smith’s gorgeous collection of birds below, and visit her on Etsy.
If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself, ‘Somewhere, my flower is there . . .’ But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened . . . And you think that is not important!
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince