Embroidery Patterns with Attitude

Bitchin' in the Kitchen

My grandmother couldn’t use a dish towel if it wasn’t embroidered. She always opted for images of flowers or fruit. Oh, they were pretty enough, but they lacked attitude. And doesn’t every dish towel need a little of that?? That’s where Urban Threads comes in. Just check out some of the very spunky designs in their ‘Tasty’ selection. Most of which my grandma would not have appreciated, which makes them even better! 😉 

Bite Me! Cupcake

Choose Your Poison

Each design is $3 and you can either download the pattern or have it e-mailed to you. Continue Reading

All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

created at: 2009-05-11

Image: Dudecraft

The fast moving clan of dude crafters may be seen as brave trailblazers in the current craft movement. However, few probably remember that Rosie Grier, a member of the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, was an avid hobbyist who focused his crafting passions on macrame and needlepoint, authoring Rosie Grier’s Needlpoint for Men in 1973. Over 35 years later there’s a new breed of dudes who are crafting and stitching and making waves in the otherwise girly craft blogosphere. Continue Reading

Toile Graffiti

The toile of 18th century France has been pulled by its ear into the 21st century by Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts. The design firm uses ‘traditional stitching techniques in modern ways, thematically hearkening back to historical styles such as maritime crochet or cross-stitch samplers but substituting contemporary iconography in place of the original design element.’ Case in point: Farmers being visited by a UFO….

or a courting couple sprouting fairy wings.

created on: 10/03/08

As you can imagine, their hand embroidered items are not inexpensive.  Continue Reading

How to Make an Embroidery Hoop Cork Board

Turning a lowly wooden embroidery hoop into a cute cork board couldn’t be easier. Not with Sweet Jessie’s tutorial, anyway.

Stuff you’ll need:

  • 1 wooden embroidery hoop
  • cork board a pencil
  • sharp craft knife or drywall saw
  • upholstery-weight fabric
  • picture-hanger with teeth and a nail
  • hammer
  • staple gun
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Stuff you’ll do:

Head on over to Sweet Jessie for a sweet how-to. Via Casa Sugar.

Messy Table Cloth Embroidery

My grandmother embroidered everything. She wouldn’t have even considered using a dish towel unless she had embellished it with flowers or fruit or something. And although I doubt she would have been a fan of AZEdesign’s messy table cloth, I am.   

So here it is, spilled wine and everything. See more images over on dezeen.

created at: 03/27/2013

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created at: 03/27/2013