This month I had the pleasure to handcraft eight of these fringe panels. They were used as photo backdrops for the Superlative issue of Providence Monthly. It's been fun being surrounded by these bright, summery colors!
This is a little different from what I normally post, but I wanted to share a couple of my favorite projects I've done around the house. They are simple but make me smile. I Hope you like them, too!
I made a jewelry display out of a handful of buttons, embroidery thread, and a sturdy branch. Just thread the buttons onto the center of a long-ish piece of string (about 3 ft), wrap both ends around the branch until there are only a couple inches of string left on each end. Wrap those tails around the string between the button and the stick in opposite directions. Knot securely. This creates a little bit of space between the button and the branch so your jewelry can hang more easily.
I used a sturdy branch to hang a sheer curtain dividing my desk and bed. Nothing fancy, just some eye hooks in the ceiling and colored thread holding up the branch. (Excuse my mess!)
I found this the other day when I was looking for something else, and I don't think I've ever shown it before! An applique/embroidery illustration of a girl in a mint green dress.
When I sat down to design my new business card, I knew I wanted something that incorporated handmade elements and something textile-related. After a slightly agonizing brainstorming session (I wish I could say that this idea came effortlessly!) I thought of the string tying reminder and how appropriate that was for a business card. So this is what I came up with. After hundreds of punches, stamps, signatures, and bows I was so pleased that they were well received at the sale. The only thing I regret is not incorporating an image of my work somehow... I'll have to start thinking up a new version!
I have so many in-progress projects right now, time is slipping away before the risd alumni sale next Saturday! My time is filled with stitching up lots of these key pendant necklaces, as well as trying to make progress on rings, prints, pillows, displays, packaging and freebies. My mind won't stop thinking up new ideas, which is great but frustrating when I'm trying to sleep. Wish me luck as I try to get everything finished in this next week and a half!
After I ran out of promotionalpostcards, I wanted to come up with something small but sweet to include with my orders as an extra little thank-you. I made stickers using some favorite fabrics from my collection of vintage and scavenged scraps. Now they're popping up everywhere - they work wonderfully to keep my supplies in order!
"we need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly" susan taylor
A couple months ago I was invited to participate in a show called "Imago Fem" at the West Side Arts Gallery. The purpose of the show was to advocate for women and girls and promote awareness of V-Day. I created a piece about domestic violence, using a discarded window frame and replacing the glass with fabric panels. Each panel was embroidered with a depiction of life for someone trapped in a violent environment.
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This is what I've been making recently, tiny birds and fabric flowers.