Tag Archives: Hand Stitched

I will maintain control amidst the chaos

Similar to my previous post – ‘the conformity of counted cross stitch’ – I went a little bit overboard with the counted cross stitch. This time I tried to see how small I could go. It truly does speak of obsession. ‘I will maintain control amidst the chaos’ pertains not only to the sentiment of […]

Chocolate bar series complete!

Whilst appearing to the casual observer as intricate, highly accurately embroidered renditions of popular confectionery logos, this series hides a darker secret. Subtly subverting the messages of many a recognisable chocolate brand, my stitch skills combine with darkly humorous puns to comment on the emotional impact of an eating disorder. What is fundamentally a destructive […]

Precision-pieced stripes and obsession

Quite a sideline from my main body of chocolate-wrapper work. Here are a few of my experimentations with piecing together striped fabric. My eating disorder chocolate bars speak of obsession, of unwavering attention to self-imposed conditions. These fabric drawings also talk of exacting standards and of the ‘pursuit of perfection.’ Here are a couple of […]

Toffee Crisp

Happy new year readers! My final embroidery of 2014 – Nestle’s chocolate bar ‘Toffee Crisp’, twisted into the far more appropriate ‘Toffee Crisis’. Eating disorder puns aside, ‘Toffee Crisis’ nearly became a very real possibility for me whilst driving to the supermarket to acquire another ‘source of inspiration’ (realistically, more chocolate). An icy roundabout totally […]

Skittles wrapper WIP

The first of my play-on-words candy wrapper that isn’t a chocolate product: ‘Skittles’. This piece isn’t quite completed yet, but as I’m having difficulty sourcing the materials for the final few touches, I’ll share it for now as it is. Here is the original, from which I re-drew the logo to suit my own sinister […]

Embroidered beer labels and bottles

Drum roll please….. finally, after continual interruptions from the rest of my life, my initial series of embroidered alcohol-bottle labels are (for now, at least) complete. See here for one of the original works-in-progress. They have found their final home back on their original bottles and I think they look wonderful, even if I do say so […]

Blood

Sang My Chemical Romance: ‘Blood, blood, gallons of the stuff, I gave you all that you can drink and it’ll never be enough…’ This latest embroidery was conceived as part of a page of doodles visually portraying words as their meanings suggest. Therefore ‘blood’ had to be liquid, fluid and curvaceous. The varying heights of […]