I seem to like setting myself massive art projects, until I am half way through them and then think ‘what the fuck am I doing?’
This is what happened with this 12 inch embroidery hoop project! I loved the pin up/ pop art women I had been sewing and thought it would be cool to carry on this theme. But this time she would be wearing sunglasses with a reflection, suck a lollipop and have beading in her earrings. Straightforward, right?!
I decided on this cute ice cream fabric as it was quite muted compared to the colours I wanted to use in my piece. I knew I wanted her to gave aqua hair and red lips and I normally do a few sketches in my notebook before I draw on the fabric.
I stitched the general outline before I started the beading in her earring and hair piece. I used an invisible plastic thread, which is kind of tricky but looks really good when finished.
I started this huge project in February, and had quite a few breaks in-between, including going to Berlin. Sometimes, to keep my sanity, I would work on smaller hoops and did a vintage style lipstick for my sister, a little pink alpaca and a super small cartoon bomb.
I’ve also been working on some cute tote bags and purses with my sewing machine as well as preparing my entry into the Hand and Lock Embroidery competition. I have my ideas really, I just need to get stitching and stop procrastinating!
I wanted to set myself an embroidery hoop challenge and found a pop art style image I liked online I thought would be a great addition to my wall. This piece really was a labour of love!
I started it in December and in total I’ve spent over 50 hours on it. That is a lot of stitching!
This piece is a different direction from my other work. I’ve always loved Pop Art, especially Lichtenstein with his comic book style and bold use of colour and shape. I think it is still as relevant today, with Pop Surrealist artists putting their own twist on the art of the 1950s and 60s.
I had prepared my hoop (I always use embroidery stabiliser with my work) I sketch my image directly onto the fabric. I just used a green sharpie here, nothing that fancy! I then used black shimmery thread to on all my bold lines, stitching at least two lines to make them thicker.
I really like the contrast of this floral fabric and my pop art style girl eating an ice cream. I decided to fill in some colour almost like a guide to myself, and faintly outlined where the different highlights of purple would go against her eyelids.
The majority of this embroidery was done with a satin stitch, back stitch and stem stitch to get some nice curves. You can see from this picture why it took so long to sew the whole hoop!
To add texture to the piece, I sewed some beads into the ice cream as sprinkles and stitched her earring from beads as well. I found it hard to get the colour right for her skin tone but overall I am pleased with the result.
I’ve been reading up on sewing and started using my new sewing machine I got at Christmas. I also got some great new books recently, and got some fabric labels made with my little beetle logo. I love them!