Friday, May 29, 2015

Instagram Favourite

Do you have any stitchy favourites on Instagram? One of my very favourites is Yumiko Higuchi from Japan. Her work is textured, detailed and minimalist at the same time.

I love the use of very few colours. Usually just one or two. Beautiful.

You can follow Yumiko on Instagram here.

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! :)