|Feeding the Moon
Do your embroidery patterns start out as illustrations or do you also design with an embroidered version in mind?
For the most part, my embroidery patterns begin as pen and ink illustrations. I wanted to come up with a way for my customers to have more interaction with my artwork and I thought what better way than to let them create it themselves? The lines of the inked illustrations translate perfectly into straight stitches.
|Coming Home (embroidery)
|Coming Home (print)
Which embroidery or textile artists do you admire?
I’m infatuated with Penguin and Fish. Her work is absolutely darling and she has an equal love for the straight stitch. Jillian Tamaki’s illustration and embroidery also make my jaw drop open every time I see them.
Straight Stitch or the Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch?
Straight stitch! Even the simplest things can create truly intricate designs.
I’m an author as well as an illustrator so I always felt it very important that my customers could be storytellers in their own right. Usually the stories come to me before the actual image.
|If fishes were wishes
Do any of the characters featured in your patterns make an appearance in your book ‘How to outsmart Tea Pirates‘?
Good question! Meowby Dick and the Love Whale both make a little appearance with their illustrations and silly stories.
Cats or Jackalopes?
Ooh that's a tricky one. Since jackalopes don't strike me as overly cuddly, I'd have to say cats.
What project are you working on at this moment?
I can’t share too much of a secret book project but I’ll be releasing 10 new patterns this summer in a collaborate embroidery book with 9 other artists. More patterns will also soon be appearing on my website now that I have a little more time to sew new ones.
Thank you for a wonderful interview Megan!
If you are interested in Megan's embroidery patterns (or books, pillows and other artwork) you can find them in her shop.
All photos by Megan Eckman of Studio MME Illustrations