Hand Sewn portraits by David Catá

Does love really has to hurt? According to artist David Catá it obviously does. The Spanish artist uses his body as a canvas, writing an autobiographical diary. In his ongoing series ‘A Flor De Piel’, he embroiders portraits of people who have influenced or marked his life – family, friends, teachers, lovers, partners – sewn into the palm of his hand.

Inuit family in traditional made qaspeqs.

Made from the hides of different arctic animals the qaspeq is still prevalent in our Yupik- Aleut culture. The ruff typically made of a combination of wolverine and wolf fur which represents the sun with the silver strips of wolf fur emitting outwards to represent the rays. Although not many people of the younger generation own a full qaspeq we still hold up with the tradition of adding a fur ruff to a more modern jacket or parka for added warmth.  

Animals are held in high regard within our culture so waste of any kind is looked down upon. When an animal is sacrificed for human use, it is critical for every part of the animal to be used for good use and to be respected in every aspect so as to not anger the animal’s spirit. The meat is used for food, the hide is used for clothing ,oil for heat and the bones for shelter. 

-Ellam Yua

Embroidery to inspire you!

I was looking for information on the Game of Thrones costuming. Mostly I like Sansa’s basic purple gowns in these last few seasons. However I stumbled upon the website of the company (Michele Carragher Embroidery & Illustration for Film and Television) that does the embroidery for the show. I’m not really into all that heavy embroidery. There’s usually so much detail that I feel like a lot gets lost on camera. But… I did find something else that was rather cool.

So, if anyone is looking to be the Mother of Dragons at their next con then there you go! Very cool!

anonymous asked:

Could you please give me some more info on self stitching? I find it extremely interesting and I'd love to learn more about it and eventually give it a shot

Hi Anon! I’ll try to explain it to the best of my ability since it’s so difficult to find information on it due to its rarity.

The first thing that should be known about self-stitching (also known as skin-sewing, self-sewing, etc) is that it is NOT a a form of self-harm. It is a body modification that can be temporary. 

One of the best features of body-sewing is that it can be safely done for free at home, with just a needle and thread, color of your choice! 

A good way to safely perform skin sewing at home is with a super small sewing needle. The smaller, the better in my opinion. It makes it much easier to pierce the skin while getting the large part of the needle and thread-knot through without messing up. But make ABSOLUTE SURE that the needle is sterilized just in case you pierce through too deep, or enter your bloodstream.

For  areas like your palms or soles of your feet (or anywhere with callous) it’s easy to sew through the callous. From my own personal experience, it’s relatively painless as long as your don’t accidentally go too deep. If you notice you’re drawing blood or an excess amount, you may not be doing it correctly. Be very careful if you’re doing sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, or near veins. 

To remove, either pull out the thread from one stitch to another, or you can cut the thread and pull it out piece by piece. 

A lot of people practice sewing their eyes or mouth shut, but that’s a little risky. 

Something great about skin sewing is that it barely scars at all. In fact, there may be no scars at all if you’re doing it correctly. :) Also, if you doubt you’re artistic ability, you can sketch a design on your skin with washable marker and trace it over while doing the sewing. 

That’s about all the info I can think of at the moment. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. There might be some things I didn’t cover. 



sweet valentines on Flickr.

Quite late XD These are three outfits I made for valentine’s day. However, I only managed to take photos of the outfits this weekend. I’ve wanted to make the summer dress and underwear-combo for at least two years already but never found the time around valentines day. This year I managed to tackle them and also got inspired to make the more complex outfit containing the bell-shaped underbust-skirt. I’m quite happy with all of them :3 Some features don’t show up so well in these pics, like the backless back of the summer dress (I’m quite proud of the way the straps wrap around to the back) or the heart-and flowers-filled bubble skirt underneath the corsetted bell-shaped underbust skirt (what a mouthful!). So I guess more detail pics are in order some time in the future.
Sorry for the very same-y poses - I wanted to play around with my girls again and have fun with the poses for the shoot and so ended up a bit on the cliché side ;D

credit where credit is due: fuckinghardhat directed the lighting and took the pictures, chocolatedecadence lent me her camera and another lovely friend without tumblr let me use her doll room