Decorate in eclectic style can be challenging, but mixing rectangular frames with hoops can make your house show a witty, laid back personality.
To create this unique aesthetics in your walls follow these 5 tips:
1. Pick a theme
Artist and architect Carol Grillo mixed cats and coffee with contrasting frames and lots of humor
2. Play with sizes and texture
Carlota Zorzáles mixed rustic and golden finishes in a charming asymmetrical gallery
3. Pick a colour palette
Andrea used a pair of hoops and flowers in harmonic colours to create a transition between rectangular frames
4. Try a focal point
Haley focused on the cat and flower, tying together watercolours and technical prints
5. Go bold
Sarah Benning used pairs of hoops to strategically break the angles in this stunning stairway gallery with contrasting wall
I hope you got inspired by these ideas and decided to create your own embroidery gallery. If you make one, please let me know on the comments or send me a message! I would love to see how you display your embroidery hoops!
This year started with great productivity for me. When we are happy at our work, everything flows better, isn’t right? Since I started creating illustrated embroidery designs I’ve been more relaxed and stable in my process as never before.
One part of me was able to lower my expectations and focus on simple things. I guess on the surface it might look like as I’m not pushing hard or not trying to do anything complex or new. But it’s really interesting how our mind works. As I create a lot of simple designs, I’m having a lot of ideas and I guess you will see some very original projects here if you keep in touch.
You can’t have new ideas if you are not creating. At least that’s how it works for me. I need to do constant research and produce tons of things to start merging all the ideas in my mind. I have way more concepts than I have time to explore them, but I’m not anxious. It’s such a pleasure to create and I’m glad I have a huge list of subjects, I can just pick one and go.
This week I’m launching some floral designs for Valentine’s day and they are inspired by Botanical Illustration. This is a subject I’ve been always thinking about exploring and it’s a constant presence in the interior decorations I’m attracted to. I’m going to add more designs to this first launch but if you enjoy them you can shop the hoops on my shop.
I hope you are having a great start of the year! Keep in touch! Cheers!
I got an embroidery machine. A beautiful, amazing machine and I’m enjoying every minute!
Did I ever tell you I worked with custom embroidered products from when I was 15 until my 20s? When I was teenager, my parents opened an embroidery shop and I worked with them for a long while. We used to make mostly hats and t-shirts. Themes were more casual and we didn’t focus on home decoration.
A few weeks ago I went to Brazil to visit my parents, and they still have the same shop. While I was explaining my project for illustrated products, my mom insisted that I should buy an embroidery machine. That thought actually crossed my mind a few times but I was not thinking seriously about it. But she was confident I should get a machine now, and I should start creating embroidered illustration.
Well, I got myself some courage, cave in a bit of my savings and here it is. A lovely Brother Innovis NQ1700e.
The machine come with many designs but of course I’m not so interested in using other peoples designs. I want to create my own illustrations and convert them in stiches. For that I use the same program my parents have been using for the last 20 years, a Brazilian software called Bordarte.
I’m amazed at how beautiful anything looks as you transform them in thread and stitches. I decided to start as simple as possible so I’m creating just embroidery hoops. Some are ready to shop, and others are custom designs. After that, my next step is to get back to the tote bags, but this time, embroidered.
Check some of my first creations:
It’s been a lovely experience. I really enjoy the texture and the cozy feeling of these pieces and I’m thinking in more ways to explore the machine and software possibilities.
This is just the beginning! I hope you enjoyed my big news and keep in touch to see lots of new cute embroidery designs coming in.
Remember I was searching for a nice mother petal knob for my nightstand last week? It turns out the knob I wanted is only available in United States… so I started to check alternatives. After looking at my usual favourite stores I again got inclined to shop at Anthropology, they have the most interesting and well made choices. Look at this adorable flower knob!
This might be the one! But since I’m not going to order just one thing, I was checking other products to justify my shipping cost. I found this very feminine and lovely apron, I wish I feel more like cooking with such a cute attire.
I don’t know what’s up to me lately but I just don’t feel like cooking at all. Blame the weather, my work, I don’t know but I haven’t been inspired lately. I wish I could wear an apron and feel ready! Wouldn’t that be great?
Now what I’m doing a lot is having fun with stitches. I got an organizer for my embroidery floss, now everything looks nice and neat.
And I also remembered an old hobby from many years ago: crochet. It’s been forever I don’t crochet anything but I bought needle and thread another day and for a few minutes I tried to remember the basic stitches and I couldn’t. I checked YouTube but that made me just more confused as people hold the needle in a completely different way and they are all right handed. So after a few tries I was able to remember. It’s so funny how some thing in life is just like riding a bike, even after years you won’t forget! So here is where I’m now:
I decided to make a throw for my sofa. The cool thing about crochet is that I can do it with almost no light. I like to do embroidery during the day but it’s hard to see the colours when it gets darker. So crochet is a great hobby for evenings or watching TV as I don’t need to check for a nice colour composition. I saw so many beautiful pieces in crochet lately I feel I want to make them all, look at these gorgeous textures:
Just wow! Lately all I want is to make a beautiful and warm house. It’s a lot of work and of course you can just buy everything but I love things done by hand and with lots of history and meaning. So it’s been fun to crochet this throw and work on the table runner embroidery, slowly I hope I can cover the whole house (and even myself) in special beautiful handmade pieces. And now I’ll have to go to work because life unfortunately is not just hobbies! Have a great week!
These last few weeks I’ve been busy with a few DIY projects. First of all I finally finished painting my nightstand. I was expecting it to be more cream/sugar color but I added a dark wax and almost ruined it! The end result was more yellowish and darker than what I desired but it’s not bad.
It’s been a while I want to change my lamp and I also think a different knob for the drawer would be much more cute. The nicest and cheapest lamp I found so far was from Ikea.
I think it will be fine with the nightstand, more delicate and it looks more like a bedroom lamp. I also like the proportion, I think it looks tall and elegant, can’t wait to get it. As for the knob, look at this one from Anthropology:
So gorgeous! It looks so vintage and stylish, I believe it will change the whole look of the nightstand and make it more classy. After I do these 2 changes I’ll review my accessories, like my storage box and the picture frame. One thing at a time.
My plan is to make a fabric cover for the bed panel and change the bed linens for something more interesting. I would love to make a quilt cover for my duvet, I found some very nice fabrics the other day but I’ll go in that direction only after buying a sewing machine.
While things happen very slowly, I decided to do something even more slow. My new hobby is embroidery and I started the hard way, a table runner with waaay too many stitches.
I already regret some of the color choices but now I’ll just keep working on it, it will be nice once it’s done. Next time I’ll get less saturated colours.
Embroidery is fun and I’ve having a great time doing it, I’ll write a post about it another day, now it’s time to go! Thanks for reading.