Pakistani craftswomen reap what they sew

thelandofmonsterscomics:

Interesting and inspiring business model. I think it’s important to look at these kinds of projects critically.

You should give it a read! Let me know what you think.

Ol crazy eyes. Jackalope in progress.

Ol crazy eyes. Jackalope in progress.

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livthurley:

Don’t think I ever got round to putting up some pictures from The Coven show in Canada featuring a face I hand stitched for about a month

Stayed up till 4AM playing with my latest project: a jackalope. I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with color and fur texture.

For those of you interested, the dude on the bottom was the first version. REJECTED. Womp womp.

bearcreekfelting:

Needle Felting a Giraffe by Teresa Perleberg

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whimsebox:

Jennifer Strunge, Growth, 2008-9, recycled clothing, polyester stuffing, cardboard

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whimsebox:

Bunny brooches by cOnieco on Etsy

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sosuperawesome:

Shadow Boxes by Sally Harless

alicynmurphy:

with clark’s help i finished this really old thing

alicynmurphy:

with clark’s help i finished this really old thing

mossyface:

Work in progress, she’s one of my babies, I hope it works out ok

Anonymous asked: i love your work! satin stitching is always terribly tricky for me because the fabric i experiment with is so flimsy. what fabric would you recommend for embroidery?

spiderspaw:

thanks anon! :D

yeesssss satin stitching is hella hard with the wrong fabric, i’ve had to chuck some pieces in the past for this very reason!

most of the time i like to use a 100% cotton muslin with a mid-range thread count. your needle’s gonna play a big role in the fabric you pick too. since i do lots of detail i use super skinny needles with a sharp tip and an eye that can fit up to 3 threads, because of that i don’t get a cotton that’s thread count is too high. you can tell if a fabric’s tight if you run your favorite needle through it and it leaves a gaping hole, or there’s tension when you put the needle in. picking fabric is basically a game of goldilocks, and it’s also intuitive—once you find a fabric that works well for your stitch style you can pick it out of the line-up after that.

conversely you can really love a fabric but the thread count’s too loose. this especially pertains to vintage fabrics and linens(yaknow handkerchiefs and doilies etc). when that happens i take some of that muslin i bought(my old reliable) and use it as backing on the weaker fabric. problem solved!

also make sure you have your fabric taut on the hoop. best of luck! :)

Useful tips from the lovely spiderspaw!

pumpkinfrommars asked: Hiya! First of all, I'm completely enamored with your work. Secondly, I was wondering: what do you use to draw on the fabric when you're planning your embroidery? Thanks! :D

spiderspaw:

Hi Pumpkin thank you!! :)

Okay I’m gonna get slapped on the hands with a ruler by an aggrieved nun for this, but i use anything that’s nearby!

a pencil, a bic pen, fine tip sharpie, they’re all game to me. and if i make a mistake i either change the design or throw it out.

i’ve tried all those markers and colored sewing pencil things you can wash off with water and they’re too bulky for me to draw out all the details and they also bleed a lot, so any details drawn just turn to a big blue mess. THEN when you try to wash it off that bleeds too, so there’s like this blue halo when the water dries, so over and over again you have to wash that shit. as for those embroidery pencils, they’re also too bulky, and they also don’t glide very well on fabric. they need to go back and resign those things cuz they’re utterly worthless.

so yeah i draw out the piece as best i can on paper, so i can practice there, then just try to redo it on fabric the best i can with a pencil. it’s the most nerve wracking part of the whole process!

hope that helped! :)

Useful tips from the lovely spiderspaw!