Practicing making shadow puppets for Saturday night

Practicing making shadow puppets for Saturday night #fb via Instagram February 27, 2013 at 08:19PM

Just installed an embryo @MilkwoodGallery

Just installed an embryo @MilkwoodGallery #fb via Instagram February 26, 2013 at 04:17PM

Installing the @thePackOfWolves exhibition at Milkwood gallery today

Installing the @thePackOfWolves exhibition at Milkwood gallery today #fb via Instagram February 26, 2013 at 02:19PM

Animated Embroidery

Animated Embroidery

I’m a little late blogging this animated embroidery as it was uploaded for Valentines day last week. This video was put together by Etsy and features textile art by Megan Whitmarsh, music by Becky Stark & Peter Glantz and animation by Matthew Salata.

I like the idea of animating embroidery. This approach id different to that of Aubrey Longley-Cook who greated animated gifs from a series of prgressive embroideries.

It’s something I’m keen to have a go at myself, particularly with my unicorn embroideries. Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day at the moment though.

A Walk in the Secret Garden

A Walk in the Secret Garden by Nell's Embroidery

A Walk in the Secret Garden by Nell's Embroidery

A Walk in the Secret Garden

A Walk in the Secret Garden are a pair of machine and hand embroidered shoes created by textile artist Nell Burns of Nell’s Embroidery.

These shoes, inspired by the book ‘The Secret Garden’ really are exquisite. They have been created through a process of freestyle machine embroidery and hand embellishment. You can see some of the detailing on Nell’s Flickr photo stream here. The surface of the shoes have been painted with thread incorporating grasses, flowers, and little squirrel amongst other things in the detailing.

I was particularly delighted to stumble across this work inspired by the children’s book as I have recently been working on an embroidery inspired by the Russian folk tale ‘Baba Yaga’ which I hope to be able to unveil next week. It’s nice to see that other stitch artists are finding inspiration in old literature too.

You can view more of Nell’s work on her website – www.nellsembroidery.com

Star Sailor Sampler

Star Sailor Sampler by Spike Dennis & Layla Holzer

Star Sailor Sampler

This star sailor sampler is a a little test piece that I worked on with fairy tale illustrator Layla Holzer with a view to undertaking some collaborative work. The piece is inspired by a fairy tale that Layla wrote.

Layla has painted the scene out in gouache on linen. I’ve then embellished the painting with embroidered elements such as the moon and stars as well as the text.

Although it needs a little refinement I think we’re both happy with the outcome of this test piece.

Red Unicorn Embroidery

Synchronous Red Hermaphrodites 817 | Spike Dennis 2013

Red Unicorn Embroidery Red Unicorn Embroidery

I’ve just finished this red unicorn embroidery. It’s been a good couple of months in the making due to some other projects I’ve had going on that have had more pressing deadlines. It’s good to have finally finished it.

It’s the first in a series of embroideries and is titled Synchronous Red Hermaphrodites 817. It’s been created using a split stitch with cotton thread on linen.

I’ll pop a full set of images up in my online gallery once it’s pressed and framed so keep your eyes peeled for those.