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Thursday, 31 December 2009

A Single Sheet of Paper by Peter Callesen

Just a small selection of amazing Paper-Cut Outs by Peter Callesen, go to to see more!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Samples I've made to test before adding to my large embroidered map, hope you like ......

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Escape by Penny Leaver Green

Click on the link to Penny Leaver Green's website and click pictures in the menu....... too many amazing things to mention on here......

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Map Cut-outs by Karen O’Leary

This make me so envious......I wish I had the time! To see more go to Paper Taste Buds.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Sample Book Work

Hi.....sorry again for the lack in posts, its seems Uni has taken over most of my life! Here's a preview of a sample book I'm working on at the moment, this one's a small piece of map with embroidered roads. I'm using my found objects as either part of the work or to inspire a piece, which in the end will lead to an installation of found/regenerated objects. My collection has grown considerably over the summer and now I have too much inspiration! I'll be uploading more photos of new experiments on flickr over the next few days so keep an eye out!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

New Work In Progress

Hi guys......sorry for delay in posts, I've been getting back into the swing of things at uni which has taken me a few weeks. I'm currently at the start of my Minor Project in which I'm looking in to the value of an object, creating my own museum of found objects from Flea markets and charity shops. This pic shows a still life I've created to sketch from which will then be developed using various methods within textiles and ceramics. Hope you like......

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Getting Back To It

Hi everyone...I'm back from my travels around France, I had an amazing time although at times it was very cold! As you can see from the picture above I couldn't quite leave my flea market addiction alone whilst away and managed to get a couple of beautiful postcards, a book and an envelope complete with letter inside as well as two small pocket calenders from this market we stumbled across in Clamecy. I had slight disappointment at the time as I was completely ripped off for the lot, spending 18 Euros (I'm a sucker for all things old) but things got worse after we returned to our campsite later in the day. When I came to take out my treasures from the camera case they had been in since buying them.......the two small calenders were gone, I think I've only just managed to get over it! at least I have the memory of them.....

I've also moved back into my newly decorated studio.....which is so much better than being cramped up on my dining table! I start back at uni next Monday so I'm busy doing last minute work to bulk up the summer work I've already done......and preparing for writing my dissertation.....eek! I 'll pop up some crafty posts in a few days to get us back on track...take it easy!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Digital Misfit Embroidery

I'm astounded by this piece of Embroidery by Digital Misfit! Apparently it's her 3rd attempt at Embroidery, stitched mostly in split-stitch with 2 ply black thread, the hair is randomly stitched with 1 ply of a fuzzy eyelash yarn. Check out her Flickr Photostream at to see more of her work.

On another note............Sorry for the lack of posts over the coming few weeks, I'm currently decorating my studio so there isn't much work being made at the moment although I'll still be rummaging through all things craft-like on the web when I can. I'm off on holiday for the next week, my trusty canon camera will be coming with us so I'm bound to get snap happy! The photos will be posted on my Flickr Photostream upon my return so until then, take care and stay crafty.........

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Manbroidery by Bren Ahearn

Check out this Manbroidery by Bren Ahearn......Using a cross stitch on a plain weave pattern, he's stitched the sole of a flip flop! I strongly recommend you look at his Flickr Photostream at this guys work is amazing and don't forget to let me know what you think........

Friday, 4 September 2009

Angharad Jefferson

As I was trawling through Flickr groups the other day I came across some great pieces by Angharad Jefferson, an Illustrator/ Embroiderer who uses both media to produce Textile Canvas' as well as other products. I fell in love with this cheeky chap called 'Hamish' who features with many other characters in the categories section of her website, to take a peek at more of her work go to

Friday, 28 August 2009

Embroidered Vintage Envelope

This is my latest addition to my uni summer work, an embroidered vintage envelope. On Tuesday I went to a weekly flea market in Newcastle - under - Lyme and spent a good few hours rummaging through boxes of postcards, letters, envelopes, photographs and who knows what else!
As my daughter says 'those places are full of treasures' and I love discovering them. I had to keep my budget low as the summers aren't kind to us skint students, but I managed to get 14 postcards and 7 envelopes as well as some lovely vintage fabrics that I couldn't resist. Let me know what you think of the piece......Its always nice to know what people think!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Craft Mafia Website Design

Wow! 3 posts in one day, you guys are lucky! Latest news from Gemma Latimer is that her new design for the banner of the Nottingham Craft Mafia is now up for us all to see!
Visit the website at to see what its all about.....but don't forget to see what else Gems been up too at

Hodge Podge Arts

As I searched through my Flickr groups (a daily occurrence at the moment) I came across these little beauties by Karen of Hodge Podge Arts. I did a little digging and found her website : investigate both the Ceramics and Sculpture galleries to see some real treats.....

Mr X Stitch's Birthday Give Away!

On the 27th August Mr X Stitch is 1yr old! To celebrate their having an amazing giveaway of loads of stitchy stuff including a piece done by the Birthday Boy himself as well as adding new things to the blog.......take a peek at to see whats going on!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Introducing Oliver Holden

I thought it was about time I showed you some of the awesome work created by my good friend Oliver Holden, who's currently studying at Plymouth University.
His work is "Concerned with process and material properties. Exploration and furthering of ideas to the point of exhaustion. Challenging 'what counts as' in the expanded fields of Painting, Sculpture, Sound and Drawing".
This is just a small teaser of what Oli creates, his paintings are absolutely magical so I suggest you take a good look at his website to see more of his work.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Embroidered Vintage Postcards

Over time I've collected loads of Vintage Postcards especially ones with text on which I then hand stitch over, this one is french dated from the 1940's. I've just finished this piece this morning and was dying to share it with you.....let me know what you think.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Beccy Ridsdel

I stumbled across some amazing Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel. This piece is from a installation set as a lab experiment in progress, based on the art/craft debate. I love her use of transfers and the inclusion of laboratory equipment in the work. To see more of Beccys work to go:

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

New Embroidery

This is my latest creation I call him my Mohawk boy, as its my favorite thing about him. I got the Image from a 1950's National Geographic Magazine bought from Oxfam for 79p! Check my Flickr link to see more images and don't hesitate to let me know what you think......

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Embroiderd Beetles

Ive just uploaded a lovely selection of photos to my Flickr page showing my 'Beetles' Collection, which were produced for my final project in my 2nd year at Uni.
I was able to study, sketch and photograph the collections of Beetles held by The Natural History Museum in London, and used my drawings directly for the printed images used in the pieces. Papyrus Papers and Vintage Egyptian Maps represent the history and mythology linked to Beetles and Scarabs.
Hope you like them.........Let me know what you think!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Concept Furniture; Alessandro Bêda's Untitled Chair

I love this new idea for a chair. It looks incredibly comfortable!
Check out Alessandro Bêda's Untitled Chair, and his portfolio; on the Behance Network

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

My Little Paper People

Say hello to "Gra and Lai" my little paper people, they feature in a family project I'm currently working on. I was asked by my brother and his fiancee to design invitations for their wedding in March 2010, so I created these characters of them.
Gra took very little time to make, I love his wonky Top Hat! Lai, in the way of many women, went through many dresses before finally settling on this one. My favourite features are Gra's wonky Top Hat and Lai's Bouquet which is made from dried flowers, tell me what you think.....

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Practice Makes Perfect!

I've been practicing my embroidery stitches, using patterns created from my own sketches. This one is from a 1960's fold up map of Warwick I brought from a charity shop for 60p!
I've kept the stitch to a simple straight stitch, attempting to kept the stitch length consistent, which is a bit of an issue I tend to have when doing hand embroidery.
I'm working on a new piece at the moment which is quite detailed so it's taking longer than I thought!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Hens Teeth

Here is a lovely piece by Hens Teeth. I've known of her work for a few years and i'm always amazed by the detail and mix of found papers, print and embroidery. I think Viv makes the most gorgeous pieces!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

How to Stitch Your Own Photograph

I found this cool pattern creator, you can upload your own photgraphs and this nifty site will turn your pictures into precise stitch charts! I'm yet to give it a try so let me know if you find it useful!

Good Luck Gem!

Here's a sneak preview of some cards produced by illustrator Gemma Latimer for the card company new msg, Gem will be pitching these designs to Urban Outfitters in the next few weeks so good luck to her!

Globe Trotters

Paper shoes by Jennifer Collier. Check out more of her work at