Thursday, May 21, 2015

Aunt Martha Might Flip or Whimsical Embroidery

This ain't your gramma's embroidery. 
-Jenny Hart Sublime Stitching

Embroidery in the US is experiencing a resurgence thanks to people like Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching.  When I was introduced to embroidery as a youngster by my grandma, Aunt Martha's transfers with cute animals were the norm. And while Aunt Martha's still has its place and indeed is trying out more modern designs, I don't do cute any more. As my good friend Gail put it, after the age of 30 a woman should be whimsical not cute. I also like a bit of bite to transfer designs when I use them. While the design above isn't one of Jenny Hart's, hers have the same whimsical bite. I have embroidered several of her designs and they all went out as gifts (none to show tonight). I'm going to embark shortly on doing one of her pillow designs for the corner chair where I do my embroidery. I will share it when done as I consider her to be the one who inspired me to pick up my needle again and to explore my own talents. I am designing portraits and slowly finding my own voice.

I have to give credit for the embroidery above. It was a transfer pattern from an Etsy store called Sew Lovely Embroidery.  I'm thrilled that so many whimsical bite transfers are emerging.  To again quote Jenny Hart "this ain't your gramma's embroidery", but I think my grandma would have had a ball with Jenny's  and others in her ilk patterns.

Britten, 'The Embroidery Song' sung by Susan Welland:

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