Friday, April 8, 2011

Textile Masterpieces created by The Materialistics

These are INCREDIBLE and were created by The Materialistics - a group of British textile artists!

Ed Munch's The Scream - knitted by Norma Box

Picas-Sew! - by Sue McBride - Based on Pablo Picasso's Portrait of Dora Maar

Other renditions of masterpieces include: Andy Wool-hol (Marilyn Monroe); Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers; Van Meer's Girl with the Pearl Earring; and Rembrandt's Self-Portrait. 

You've seen The Scream...How About The SEAM?

Knitted Masterpieces

Girl with a Knit-1 Purl1 Earring

Monday, March 21, 2011

Textile Related Tutorials - Part 11

I still have to wonder what rock those people live under
who continually whine about artists not being
willing to share any of their techniques or processes...

Part 10    Part 9     Part 8    Part 7     Part 6

Part 5     Part 4     Part 3     Part 2     Part 1

Sewing Machine Tension Diagram - Superior Threads

Find My Fabric - A search engine

Watercolor Pencils on Fabric (and a different way to transfer a sketch) - Loreen Leedy

Elmer's Glue Crackle Technique - Wen Redmond

Choosing Colors and Fabrics for Skin Tones - Leni Wiener

Thread Painting 101- Angela McIntyre
Supplies - Part 1

Supplies - Part 2
The Basic Stitch
             Basic Straight Stitch

             Directional Zig-Zag

             Directional Straight Stitch

             Review and Wrap-Up

Solids, Prints or Hand-Dye? - Leni Wiener

How to Stiffen Fabric - Jessica Jones

Colored Pencil Work - Sandra Leichner

Mini-Quilt Stands - Cheryl Sleboda

A Tutorial on Pleather/Vinyl Straps - Cheryl Kuczek

Printing on Inkjet Fabric Sheets

Plexipainting - Margaret Hunt

Corona 2: Solar Eclips - Caryl Bryer Fallert

Indoor Sunprinting Mini Tutorial - Sue Andrus

More Sunprinting Info - Sue Andrus - "This post will take you through some of the process of sunprinting fabric using deeper colors than I usually have used in the past."

Preserving Leaves with Glycerin for Printing - Sue Andrus

Photo Transfers My Way - Sue Andrus

Playing with Inktense Blocks: Part I - Sue Andrus

Playing with Inktense Blocks: Part II - Sue Andrus

Industry Standards and Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Silkworms Made to Spin Coloured Silk

Seeing is believing:

Luminescent Silk Cocoons Viewed Under UV Light (Credit: IMRE)

Silkworms are fed a mulberry/fluorescent dye mixture which colors the animal as well as the fibers they spin.

Dye is added to the silkworn diet for the last 4 days of the larva stage
creating a coloured animal and coloured silk (Credit: IMRE)

To read full report:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

1,200 Stitches Per Square Inch - The Art of Ray Materson

Ray Materson's work is astounding, and the incredible detail packed into his 2.5" x 3" masterworks is remarkable. While in prison at the Connecticut Pennitentiary, he one day traded cigarettes for a pair of socks, unthreaded them and thus his transformation from a cocaine addicted robber to artist began. His subject matter ranges from gut-wrenching scenes of drug use to inspiring images of baseball players and the American skyline.

 Mariano Rivera - Ray Materson

 NYC Skyline from Liberty Island - Ray Materson

Till Death Do Us - Ray Materson

Website - Be sure to click on the links for Recent Work and Past Work

Video - 3-minutes - Ex-Con on Pins and Needles

Video - 3- minutes - Eye to Eye: Prison Embroiderer

American Primative Gallery Materson&hasBiography=1

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Incredible Anatomical Dress Art

"Artificial Beauty" is the name of a show held at Shih Chien University in China during the Fall of 2010. The designs included:

Artificial Beauty Exhibit - Anatomical Ball Gown - Back View

Artificial Beauty Exhibit - Anatomy Dress

More Photos (including front view of Ball Gown)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What's Up With Cotton?

American Quilt Retailer magazine contacted 30 fabric companies for explanations related to the current and upcoming prices of cotton fabrics. Top executives of 11 of these companies responded: Avlyn, Inc.; Clothworks; E. E. Schenck; Hoffman California Fabrics; In the Beginning Fabrics; Marcus Fabrics; Michael Miller Fabrics; Moda Fabrics; Northcott; Robert Kaufman Fabrics; and Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics.

Their responses:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work is an organization devoted to teaching needlework to UK prison inmates as well as to sell their products. Twenty-six prisons are involved with male inmates comprising 80% of the project participants. Each devotes approximately 20 hours a week to the project doing the emboridery in their cells.

Abstract Painting Design - Fine Cell Work

Detail - Abstract Painting Design - Fine Cell Work
Fine Cell Work website

Video - 16 minutes

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Intergalactic Quilts of Jimmy McBride

Jimmy McBride is fascinated by astronomy and focuses his artwork
on various aspects of it. He states that his work is machine quilted
with hand embroidery, but I think he means that it is machine pieced,
 hand quilted and hand embroidered.

M64 - Jimmy McBride

Whether the focus is on galaxies, planets, nebulae, wormholes, etc., Jimmy likes to incorporate as many elements as possible into the work.

Phobos V2 - Jimmy McBride

Detail: Phobos V2 - Jimmy McBride

Jimmy's website:

Blog - this contains a lot of information not only about how his work is conceptualized, but he also shares some of the mechanics of how the patterns are drafted and put together.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ethereal Artwork by Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe creates fascinating and mesmerizing installations
and other artwork primarily using only Gutterman threads,
nails and wood.

Plexus No. 4 - Gabriel Dawe
 Plexus no 2 - Gabriel Dawe

"Gabriel Dawe was born in Mexico City where he grew up surrounded by the intensity and color of Mexican culture. After working as a graphic designer, he moved to Montreal, Canada in 2000 following a desire to explore foreign land. In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery—activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread and textiles, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature."

Gabriel Dawe's Website

Gabriel Dawe