Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Found on Flickr: Not So Freaky Flower

Embroidered Rose Mandala
I wouldn't call these flowers "freaky" but they are absolutely beautiful! Robin from Shiny Fabulous Darling drew this mandala by hand and stitched it. Embroidered Rose Mandala Satin stitch is one of my favorite stitches, I absolutely love how it looks. However I can never manage to get it to look right, so when I see someone with mastery like this, I'm extremely jealous. The different shades of colors in each petal adds such a gorgeous dimension to the piece! What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Freaky Flowers Swap reminder

Freaky Flowers &Stitches swap
Hi guys! If you're taking part in the Freaky Flowers swap, the deadline for sending is fast approaching. It's on Friday! Only 4 days left.

So, quick-quick, get stitching. Finish that freaky flower! :-)

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Freaky Flowers Swap Teaser - Is This One For You??

Freaky Flowers &Stitches swap

&Stitches Freaky Flowers Swap Tease!

Dear Freaky Flowers Swap Partner,

This little embroidery is for you! This is a tiny peek at a fictional plant, based on something you said you love. I've taken inspiration from real-life freaky, creepy plants to create the look of this imaginary one! Can you guess what it is??

Exactly one week left to create your freaky masterpiece for your partner! How's it going, swappers??

Share a sneaky teaser of your own swap piece in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hand & Lock's Festival of Embroidery + giveaway

If you are looking to improve or expand your embroidery skills and get inspired, then check out what Hand & Lock has in store for you this July! During their annual 'Festival of Embroidery' you can attend daytime workshops about different subjects including Goldwork, Hand & Lock's speciality, and Silk Shading. In the evening, Embroidery experts talk about 'Couture', 'Tailoring'  and 'The Diversity of Embroidery'. All events take place at Hand & Lock in London (UK) between the 13th and the 16th of July 2015.

We have a ticket to give away for one of the Evening Talks! The winner can choose which one they'd prefer. If you'd like a chance to win, please leave a comment. And it would be super if you could tell us all about it afterwards, here on the blog in a guest post. Don't forget to include an e-mail address or some sort of trail so we can contact you in case you have won. Comments close on the 27th of May, 12 AM CET. Good luck everyone! :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Swap inspiration- Crewel Flowers

Freaky Flowers &Stitches swap

Hello freaky flowers swappers- how are you getting on?
Here is some blooming lovely stitchy inspiration for those of you taking part in the freaky flowers swap (and for those who aren't too!)

Crewel work II

Look at this beautiful bright floral crewel embroidery I found in the &Stiches pool, its by Liz Smith (whose lovely Native New Zealand flowers we featured in April). She has taken a traditional technique and brought it up to date with a modern design and zingy colours.

Flowers stitched in bright crewel threads can look really bold and the wacky stylised shapes from more traditional Jacobean crewel would be perfect for our freaky flowers theme. Despite Jacobean crewel being a very traditional technique there is something very modern about the abstracted blooms in Jacobean embroidery.
I found a free e-book on Project Gutenberg with some wonderful examples. The book contains several patterns with stitch guides so it's a pretty good free resource for anyone wanting to try their hand at crewelwork. Crewel tends to stick to a few fairly simple stitches and because wool is thicker than floss it is quicker than regular embroidery. So if you are a bit late starting something for the swap don't panic; you still have time to be inspired by the examples below.

This is my favourite image from the book- you can't get much more of a 'freaky flower' than the loopy flower on the right hand side of this illustration- it looks like something from a sci-fi film!

This large design is so pretty. It's meant to be stitched in blues but I think it would look even better in bright oranges and pinks like the piece by Liz above. Or perhaps using dark greys and pops of neon?

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!