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Have you ever run across and antique DMC pattern booklet, or a reproduction of a booklet, written by a famous designer named Therese de Dillmont? This talented stitcher wrote many booklets for DMC.
…but who was she?
Therese was born in Austria and was both an accomplished needleworker and writer.Dillmont’s famous Encyclopedia of Needlework (1886) has been translated into 17 languages. You can view the complete English version of the book here.
In the 19th century DMC established strong links with the famous embroiderer. The friendship between this talented woman and Jean Dollfus-Mieg (both are shown above) led her to move to Dornach, a town close to Mulhouse (where the DMC factory is located), where she founded her own embroidery school in close cooperation with DMC.
A complete biography of this talented woman, along with can be seen on the DMC Archives site. The site is in French, but is easy to navigate and full of inspiration, including the images found on the pages featuring her work. You can also view images from the 2012 Exposition of her work here.
To this day her booklets and the Encyclopedia of Needlework are sought after by needleworkers around the world, as the quality of the education and designs are just as relevant today as they were two centuries ago. I’ll be visiting the factory and archives next week, and will be blogging more of the DMC story soon.
What do you get when you combine fabric, fine art illustration and a bin full of embroidery floss? Amazing pieces of ART!
Japanese fiber artist Kimika Hara uses needle and thread to bring colorful illustrations to life with expert hand stitching on colorful illustrations that she has worked in acrylic paint directly on the fabric.
Careful shading using multiple colors gives the characters in her designs depth while adding a touch of humor and whimsy. Kimika describes her work as happy and cute, and her work definitely brings a smile to my face.
Born in Kyoto and inspired by her culture and surroundings, Kimika adds texture to her designs by adding beads, sequins, pailettes, buttons and other found objects to each piece.
Colorful fabrics are tacked to the illustrations with contrasting embroidery threads and freestyle hand stitching. Bits of lace add additional, interesting layers to her work creating a collage effect.
Two of my favorite pieces are the patchwork on the dog and chubby kitty shown above. The fabric scraps, happy floss colors and the expression on the animals’ faces are joyful and fun.
Kimika’s work features animals and florals, as well as vegetables and fruit. Almost anything is fair game for the artist’s paintbrushes and needles.
You can see more of her amazing work on her web site. The site is in Japanese, but a scroll through her amazing posts will definitely inspire you.
Konnichiwa Kimika for such beautiful inspiration!
Check out this amazing art installation by artist Marta Elise Johansen, utilizing found objects, hardware, and DMC Light Effects floss.
The art is featured in a Los Angeles, California restaurant called Faith and Flower.
Marta was born to an American mother and Norwegian father in Pakistan, grew up in Vermont, and now resides in Mill Valley, California, and has her studio in Sausalito. She has traveled extensively around the world, and her work has been influenced by bother her travels and her upbringing. You can read more about Marta and her work here.
Marta primarily works in ink pen on paper but has special occasions where she can experiment with other materials, in this case DMC Light Effects Floss in E677 White Gold, E301 Copper, and E3821 Light Gold.
One of her closest friends, a musician who lives in Echo Park, Simone White, helped her to execute this feature, which evokes the rich art deco history of L.A.’s past and the ever present sun of the city, all with the simplicity of objects found at the local hardware store.
On my next trip to the hardware store, I will definitely be looking at the items on the shelves differently!
Lithuanian artist Severija turns trash into treasure by rescuing old metal objects and transforming them with cross stitch.
This artist’s unusual works have been exhibited around the world, and grace the interiors of some of Europe’s chicest buildings.
Pots, pans, cans, shovels, random car parts, car doors – even entire cars – are given new life transformed into amazing pieces to be displayed and enjoyed.
It’s recycling brought to an entirely new level.
In the artist’s statement, Severija states, “In my work, I take pleasure in things that are only insignificant details to most people. An ordinary human being and mundane fragments of his or her life acquire an exceptionally important meaning in my works…
...meanwhile, recognised icons of beauty are less important to me. A banal understanding of beauty and utilitarian things: these are the objects that interest me and inspire creation. Therefore, I use fragments of popular culture, the so-called kitsch, in my art…”
I’m inspired, and will be spending part of the day looking for something I have here in my house that can could be used in a similar manner.
I know I have an old watering can and metal snow shovel in the shed, and I might have a random pot lid, ladle or tray in the kitchen. Those would be a great start.
These amazing images of trash to treasure have me wondering… what is the most unusual thing YOU have stitched on?
And if you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the slide show on Severija’s web site. Select the “EN” where you see the EN|LI text for the English version.
The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) is having their much-anticipated trade show in Nashville, Tennessee this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd.
This trade show is not open to the public, but gives needlework buyers from your local needlework store (LNS) and chains an opportunity to restock their inventories with the very latest fibers, designs, patterns and more…
…and we’ll be there too, showing our beautiful threads and offering ways to help beat Needlework Tedium-itis.
Did you know this dreaded scourge is the number one killer of needlework projects in the US today, and can be easily avoided?
While visiting the TNNA show, drop by DMC at TNNA in room 418 to learn more about the risk factors and a visit to the Needlework Doctor for a strong dose of needlework CPR and a free cup of coffee.
Dr. Thread will show you how to breathe new life into a needlework project using DMC Embroidery Threads, and what activities you can use to help reduce the chances of you or your customers catching Needlework Tedium-itis.
Warning: Side effects may include serenity, lower blood pressure, dangerous levels of confidence and an overall sensation of satisfaction.
If you or someone you know suffers from this terrible affliction, let the DMC Needlework Doctors in room 418 get you on the road to recovery. We also welcome “well visits” and look forward to seeing visitors at TNNA!
New work by 17 artist members of California Fibers debuts on August 11th with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and the exhibition runs through October 7th of 2012. Admission is $5.
The gorgeous fiber works on display include Slinky by Peggy Wiedemann as part of the Tracing the Steps exhibit (shown to the right) and Snafell, Iceland by Kathy Piper as part of the Insights exhibit (shown below left).
According to VAM, “Tracing the Steps: The Diversity of Fiber was juried by Dale Carolyn Gluckman who distinguished herself at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the former curator for costumes and textiles.
Also opening August 11th is Insights , a juried exhibition of 12 quilts by the members of the Visions Critique Group. These artists meet once a month to discuss their work and exchange ideas. Juror Jill Le Croissette has selected work from these San Diego artists that spans the breadth of contemporary quilting. Insights runs concurrently with Tracing the Steps: The Diversity of Fiber .”
If you are visiting the San Diego area while in California, these exhibits will provide a wealth of inspiration for embroidery and textile afficionados. You can visit the VAM web site for additional information about their outstanding exhibits and educational opportunities.