Ready to go browsing with me through favorite needlework haunts, blogs, shops, and so forth?
When time allows it, I like to browse the online world to see what’s going on in the needlework field – and heck, even when time doesn’t allow it, I find it’s a great way to procrastinate!
So – grab your coffee and come procrastinate with me!
There’s been a heap of inspirational stuff online lately. Lots of it is holiday-related, and I admit I’ve shied away from glutting on Christmas embroidery ideas this year. No, I’m not a Scrooge. I just haven’t had time to stitch on this particular theme, so the things that have really caught my eye have been entirely non-holiday-related embroidery items.
First, there’s the big unveiling of “Faith” – the 17th century embroidered jacket – over at Thistle Threads for Plimoth Plantation.
If you haven’t seen the pictures yet or read up on the last days and weeks before the project was presented to the public, do jump over to The Embroiderers’ Story and rest your eyes on an amazing and laudable achievement! Beautiful does not say enough about it! I remember first blogging about the whole project two years ago, after it had been underway for a good year – I was so excited about it and loved following along with the whole project!
Now that it’s over, it seems to me that we have all benefited from the jacket project in a lot of ways – one tangible way is the fact that we have Gilt Sylke Twist available on the market. Lucky us!
Now how about something springy? Allison Aller’s been doing punchneedle ribbon embroidery on some CQ squares. Have you seen her results? Well, you should! It’s a great take on ribbon embroidery – and there’s nothing like looking at beautiful flowers when your feet and nose are frozen.
Speaking of flowers, colors, and so forth, I introduced you last week to Sandy Vass’s new blog, Gold n’ Stitches. Uh. WOW. She didn’t crawl into blogging, here – she leapt in, and has put up some absolutely wonderful projects that she’s working on. I’m totally hooked, and I’m afraid I’m going to be drooling over her blog daily. Take a look at her latest Jane Nicholas project, and her circular Or Nue design! What think you of this? Doesn’t it just make you melt into a sea of gold and silk contentedness? I want to do what she is doing! And I want to do it Now! My green eyes are getting the better of me, as Shakespeare would say (or something along those lines.)
Update, 2017: The website mentioned above is no longer in action, either! Sorry!
I keep up with what’s going on over at Needleprint, because, though I don’t do a lot of counted work, the kind of counted work I do like is this stuff with the historical twist to it.
I really like the Quaker motifs, and I’m still fiddling with turning some more of them into Quaker Surface Motifs. In the meantime, though, Needleprint isn’t devoted just to counted work – oh my, no! There’s this gorgeous piece of needle painted art posted last week that completely bowled me over. The pomegranate in this piece is downright scrumptious looking. If I were Persephone, I’d not stop at six seeds…
Over on Coeur de Freesia, you must see this beautiful blue embroidery project that Elena has been working on. Scroll through all the posts, so that you can see this piece as it is developing. I love it! I want it! I want to make that. I don’t. I don’t have time. Stop.
Have you seen what Carol-Anne is doing over at Threads Across the Web? I love watching her Japanese embroidery projects unfold. They always looks so sharp, crisp, and beautiful. Her current project is particularly enchanting – I love the different patterns and colors of the cords!
(Update, 2017: Alas, the other recommended sites / sales mentioned in the rest of this article are now no longer relevant or are also no longer in action!)