Monday, December 1st, 2008...1:51 pm
Handmade Holiday: Embroidery Inspiration
There’s a claim from that last post I need to return to. “I’m making luggage tags! I think I’ll personalize them with embroidery.”
I can’t say that I’ve EVER embroidered ANYTHING before. But it looks so easy — and it must be in my genes, ha! Check out this bookmark my mom made in the ’70s, I love it so much!
(Several notes about my mom, pictured there on the right (looking as Mid-Century as ever on Thanksgiving Day 2008!). First, she is more talented than I’ll ever be. I do my best! Second, she named that smiley little bug “Oblio.” Guess she didn’t think it was right for him to go through life nameless. These two facts are a very fitting introduction of her. Love you, Mom!)
For my own needlework, I’ve been trying to combine inspirations to make some of my own “patterns.” Here’s what I’ve got so far…
An Amazon review of this book (below) said that none of the patterns inside live up to this cover design, but it in itself is pretty sweet.
Orla Kiely‘s stem design (below) is an instant classic! It’s not a breach of copyright if I copy this pattern for handmade, one-off gifts, right? (Right?) I even based my palette of embroidery floss off this color scheme.
Lovely retro cross stitch font.
Jonathan Adler has brought back needlepoint in a bad way. Case in point: An ironic iPod cover.