sewing & textiles

Friendly reminder that I’m selling custom-sewn patches like these with a base price of only $5 for 8 words :)

I love love love making these custom because everyone always asks for something inspiring or funny and it’s honestly really cool to be able to make something I know will be so meaningful. Drop me a line if you’re interested in one or check out the Etsy link (green price button) on this post!

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TA DAHHHHH! s’cuse the weird lighting (stupid weather). i finished this little beetle so here it is in all it’s gorgeous green glory. 

this one already has a home but if you want your own embroidered beetle, you can have one custom made via my etsy shop

The sewing project I was working on today languished for a while partly because I’d been having some issues with it, naturally.

It’s a relatively simple skirt pattern, and I’m not entirely sure whether it’s the pattern or my fabric, but once assembled, it was HUGE. It’s a pull-on skirt, so it does have to be big enough to go over my hips, but it did that with room to spare and then had this huge extra circumference around my waist.

So I went back to take it in, at which point I realized that I couldn’t take it in along the side seams without rendering the pockets unusable (or taking them off and sewing them back on, which, ugh).

The skirt’s in four identical pieces, though, so it has front and back seams, too. So I took in just the front and back seams. By like 2-3 inches apiece. And then I had to take in the waistband, too, which involved more fiddling around. But today I did finally get the waistband attached to the skirt. The next step is to insert elastic into the waistband, which is also usually fiddly, so I’m going to put it off for the moment. I’ll try to get to it this weekend instead of months from now, though.

I opened up my sewing journal document to make a note of this and realized that the document is 148 pages long and was started in 2008. Dang.

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Vintage Black and White Photos Brought to Life With Embroidered Details.
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Artist Satoru Aoyama combines vintage prints and embroidery stitches to create fascinating multi-medium works of art. Known for his ability to intersect the contemporary with the traditional, Aoyama is recognized for his inherent craftsmanship and consistent acknowledgement of the artistic process. By perfectly aligning layers of embroidery onto monochromatic backgrounds, Aoyama is able to add new dimensions to each of his images. His work is one of restoration, taking the faded historical photographs and lending them new life through unique and colorful decorations.

Aoyama makes use of an old Singer sewing machine to adorn his pieces. The intricate process serves as a nod to the individual labor depicted in the photographed scenes. Born in Tokyo, Japan, but having studied art in America and the UK, the talented artist brings this varied educational background to his integrative work approach. Thread is meticulously layered on top of culturally and historically varied backgrounds, providing a depth and energy to the pictures, and allowing the characters’ handiwork to come alive in the process. Paying homage to the unknown embroiderers, Aoyama takes differing elements and merges them together to create a series of unified wholes.

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Very exciting news! Now that I have finished my grad school application, these pieces are officially available for sale on my Etsy! Please go take a look, I’m very proud of these pieces, and I will be adding more soon!