BY Veronica Santos
on Apr 08, 2015
Whether you’re a big time lover of the stars, or just want to spruce up an old scarf that can double as a shawl for the upcoming warmer months, this DIY will be sure to add an interstellar kick to your spring wardrobe. A Beautiful Mess lays out the recipe below (note: this does require some light embroidery). Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Sep 11, 2014
The BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire is fast approaching (Sat & Sun, Sept 20 & 21!) and since we have loads of pent up excitement about it we've been chatting with some of our wonderful vendors to bide our time until then. We recently sat down with Mary Rockcastle of My Breast Friend to find out what makes her crafting tick and what keeps her being awesome.
BUST: Tell us a little about yourself and your wares. What's your main goal for your business, why did you start, how would you describe your brand's personality? How did you get your name? You get the gist. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Apr 24, 2014
I’m a huge fan of girly feminist embroidery projects. I even make some myself. That’s why when I stumbled upon Mo Morgan’s sassy but honest embroideries, I absolutely fell in love.
I have a soft spot for embroidery activism. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition between the quaint, dainty art-form (with its stitched-in associations to the domestic housewife) and the bloodthirsty history of the women’s movement. The rich history behind both feminism and crafting make Morgan's modern day blend of the two so much more than just cheeky decoration. Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery
For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male counterparts. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual assault
In the past year, courageous artists and activists of all genders have addressed rape culture and the topic of sexual assault, coming forward about their own experiences and giving voice to those who have been silenced. Lindsay Bottos, the artist responsible for last week’s viral series Anonymous, is one of those voices; in her powerful series Get Over It, she addresses her own assault and the suffering caused by victim-blaming. Read More
The Milwaukee artist Molly Evans was inspired by discarded furniture around her neighborhood, viewing each lumpy mattress as a relic of recent graduates, new families, and people moving on. To ad a little warmth to the remains of apartments and days forgotten, Molly adorned them with love ballads... literally. Stitching Lionel Richie’s lyrics across all the tossed-out furniture she could find, she created “Lionel Stitchie,” a straw-colored homage to the legendary singer and to the residents of her neighborhood, as they travel wherever life may lead them. Read More
BY Lan Truong
on Nov 19, 2012
This Epic Alphabet Sampler is perfect for embroidery newbies and rainy days, and has everything to get you stitching away: fabric, embroidery floss, and iron-on transfers. Stitch out a traditional saying like "Home Sweet Home," or get creative with your own saying (how about "Mondays Blow"). When you're done, you'll have a new piece of art for your wall.
Epic Alphabet Sampler, $20, sublimestitching. Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 02, 2012
Embroidery enthusiast Lucky Jackson has made it her mission to create a new work of embroidery for every day of the year, with the clever mantra "Less Bitchin' More Stitchin'" in mind, according to her Etsy shop announcement. And if that’s not ambitious enough, her project is already taking on a second year of operation.
After Jackson finishes a piece, she posts it on her website for viewers to comment on and ask questions about. But Jackson isn’t just whipping up your average vintage embroidery catalog pieces. Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on Feb 17, 2012
It's no secret that we love some quality arts and crafts here at BUST. We'll take embroidery hoops, knitting needles, and paper mache over just about anything else. What's even better than DIY-ing for fun, though, is putting your crafty skills to good use! Danish artist Hanne Bang is spearheading a project called "In A War Someone Has to Die," which is a transnational effort to unite women against a common enemy: war. Read More
on Oct 06, 2011
Have you ever wanted to make needlepoint nipple doilies? If so, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery -- written by Leanne Prain, the co-author of 2009's bestselling Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet & Knit Graffiti -- is the anarchistic DIY craft book for you. Hoopla's twenty-eight innovative embroidery patterns will teach readers how to stitch a mythical jackalope, a ransom note pillow, and mean yet dainty knuckle-tattoo church gloves. Read More