DIY Embroidery Cards

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It is no secret that I love stationery and I love embroidery, but I also love kits. So when Laura from Curious Doodles emailed us a few weeks back about a new project of hers, I was instantly intrigued. I’m a big fan of Laura’s screen-printed work, we featured her 2010 calendar in our calendar Schmetsy, Counting the Days, but these new DIY Stitches Kits are super charming. The cards are available in 2 sets, one that reads: feel better, love you, oh baby, miss you, and congrats, while the other reads thanks yo, fo shizzy, whatevs, luvz ya, and word. I mean really, who doesn’t want to get a hand stitched fo shizzy card in the mail?
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99 Red Balloons

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Well, actually 9 red embroidered balloons from Kimberly Scola of chez sucre chez. I think they are just darling, and she is donating the money from the sale of her balloons to her mother who is doing a bike ride to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Read more about the project here, and get your embroidered balloon here.

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via Scoutie Girl

New Art

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I am so excited that our artwork from Evelin Kasikov (who we featured a while back) arrived today. It is just as lovely as I had hoped — I can’t wait to get it on the wall.

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Takashi Iwasaki

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Following my purchase of the new Carson Ellis patterns from Sublime Stitching, I took a look at the Sublime Stitching blog. On it there was a post on men who do embroidery; one of the artists featured was Takasi Iwasaki. He works in a number of other media, but I am really into his embroidered pieces. They have a dreamlike visual language reminiscent of Miró, Max Ernst or Dr. Seuss, but still sort of doodle-y and with something very of-the-moment in terms of color and pattern use.

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Check out some more of Iwasaki’s embroidered work after the jump.

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Contemporary Embroidery

I’ve been thinking a lot about embroidery since we featured Evelin Kasikov’s awesome embroidered CMYK typography. But, Evelin Kasikov isn’t the only contemporary artist putting a new spin on this ancient art form. If you’re into embroidery — and even if you aren’t — you should definitely check out the three artists below.

Jenny Hart

Jenny Hart is generally credited with making embroidery cool again. She’s provided hip embroidery patterns to the masses since 2001 with her company Sublime Stitching. In her personal work, she makes amazingly intricate portraits.

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Diem Chau

Diem Chau makes really lovely sculptures of dinnerware and embroidery.

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Lauren DiCioccio

I’d seen some of Lauren DiCioccio’s prints on 20×200, but just discovered her embroidered work. I wish I’d seen it a lot sooner, because I think it is awesome. The newspaper front pages are probably my favorite, but the 35mm slides are pretty great too.

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Read on to see a few more pieces by each of these artists.

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Evelin Kasikov

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I first became aware of Evelin Kasikov last week when some of her work was featured on Black Eiffel. I was completely blown away and contacted her immediately to see if she was interested in being the first of our mini-interviews with artists, designers and crafters. Evelin graciously accepted. After reading her responses to our questions, I think I might love her work even more. I definitely recommend spending some time looking at her site and exploring some of the other pages of her beautiful books.

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Read the complete Q & A and see more work, after the jump.

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megan whitmarsh

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I’m not sure where I read about Megan Whitmarsh‘s work, but it’s amazing. I love her simplistic approach–yet very detailed embroidery work, use of color, and touch of humor in almost every piece.