Lazy Sunday

Tomorrow morning I’m off to school again to start a new semester, so today is all about soaking up those last precious drops of summer vacation. I’m mostly soaking them up indoors in the comfort of my air conditioning, however, as we’re under official “excessive heat warning” in my area. Luckily, I stumbled upon this delicious treat while grocery shopping today:

Pineapple soda is such a great blast from the past. So I’m sitting here sipping my soda and browsing through Instagram and thought I’d share a few of my most recent favorites. The Instagram community is so full of awesome stitchery! Enjoy. 🙂

Image transfer @therealashsmith #embroidery #portrait #thread #face #ashleysmith #illustration #transfer

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Something a little different, I got bored with blue #embroidery #patches #embroideredpatch #etsy #handmade

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I could go on for days linking up beautiful artwork, but for now I’m going to pick up my own hoop and get stitching so that I’ll have something of my own to show you tomorrow! Happy Sunday, everyone. 🙂

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Work I Admire Wednesday: Sambalou32

I have a major craft crush on Samantha Louise, an embroidery artist from the UK. She uses free motion machine embroidery to create stunning pieces of artwork.

I discovered her on Instagram, and quickly found myself hearting practically every picture she posted. I love her work so much. Naturally, I was crazy excited when she launched her own website earlier this month. If I could stop being poor for five minutes, I’d own a piece of her artwork for my bedroom wall.

Stripy socks

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I only recently started scouring Instagram for other embroidery artists, and I have to say, that place showcases a wealth of talent. Simply search #embroidery, #embroideryart, and the like, and you’ll find a wide array of contemporary stitchers sharing their work.

If the piece I’m admiring most on Sambalou’s website is still available when I get paid this week, then it’s so mine. I’ll gladly cut back on the groceries for one of those beauties. 😉

Meanwhile, work continues on Maya Angelou and rainbow granny squares. I’m hoping to have the Maya Angelou portrait piece finished by Friday, but that might be wishful thinking. We shall see. I already know what shero I’m planning to stitch up next, and I’m anxious to get her started. I have a habit of getting ahead of myself.

Stitching in Public

Ever since I learned how to read, I’ve rarely left home without a book tucked in my bag, just in case. You never know when you’ll end up waiting in line for one thing or another, or having an extra moment during lunch to read. Now that I’m stitchery obsessed, in addition to the book (or two or three) in my purse, I always have a portable sewing project with me.

Embroidery, cross stitch, and English paper piecing all lend themselves pretty easily to stitching on the go. I’ve got multiple little zipper bags and plastic food storage boxes that hold just the few supplies needed for small projects. Lately I’ve been stitching in the local coffee shop, in the park, in the library, in the campus quad, and pretty much anywhere Eliot and I go that I think I can squeeze in an extra free moment.

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I like stitching in public spaces because often people will come up and ask me what I’m working on, and I love talking about embroidery and sewing with people. I love talking about my projects and the inspiration behind them; I love getting feedback from strangers and hearing their own crafting stories. Bringing out the needle and thread often starts conversations I might not have had with people I might not have otherwise been brave enough to speak to. 

What about you?

Do you stitch in public?

If so, join me on Instagram with the hashtag #stitchinginpublic

I want to see you all stitching in the park, in the airport, in the library, in the coffeeshops, and everywhere else you travel with needle and thread! 🙂