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Beginner Embroidery Tips And Ideas For Art Lovers And Visual Artists To Try

When people think of embroidery, they tend to think of it as either a technique of the past, machine embroidery, or as something women are portrayed as doing in period movies or Jane Austen novels. Hand embroidery is a timeless form of art that appears to be more difficult than it is. While it may seem complicated and time-consuming, only one of those is true. Once you master a few basic stitches, embroidery is quite easy for any art lover to learn!

Embroidery can be a fun hobby or a way to discover art forms you might not have previously considered. It can equally help decorate your home interior too!

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14 basic embroidery stitches by Let's Explore

Basic stitches that every embroiderer should know are: the running stitch, french knots, backstitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, and split stitch. The running stitch is the most basic of stitches and is the basis for all sewing. While the backstitch has no discernible gaps, the running stitch looks like a dotted line made up of equally sized-stitches. French knots are made by wrapping the thread around the needle before pushing through the fabric; this stitch is great for floral designs or to mimic the effect of pointillism in thread form. The easiest of these six stitches is the backstitch which is useful for outlining your work or giving the appearance of a single line while actually being many small stitches; this stitch is also very helpful for works with lots of sharp edges and aids in making your art look more cohesive. The satin stitch can be used to fill in small or large shapes in your artwork by bringing your thread up through the fabric and back down. For this stitch, you want to begin in the middle of the shape being filled and then move outward.

While it might seem challenging to take up this artistic medium, it’s a lot more straightforward than it seems and there are plenty of online tutorials and guides to help you get started!

A great online resource to find hundreds of free embroidery designs (as well as crochet, knitting, and cross-stitch!) is the official DMC website. DMC makes some of the best threads for sewing projects because of how unlikely colour will bleed when washing your designs, as well as being reasonably priced. Every season, DMC will update their free pattern catalogue with seasonal and holiday-themed designs you can print from home. Designs range from floral to animal to buildings, and everything in between.

You can check out these three easy designs for beginners today!

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Mountain Hands Pattern by DMC

The ‘Mountain Hands’ pattern is a great introduction to the use of the backstitch while being a simple and aesthetic design that looks great in your home interior.

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Cursive Font Pattern by DMC

The ‘Cursive Font’ pattern uses the backstitch to teach you how to practice lettering in embroidery and once you feel comfortable you can recreate your favourite quotes!

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Red Floral Duo Pattern by DMC

The ‘Red Floral Duo’ design will introduce you to the french knot and satin stitch and is a fun way to experiment with solid shapes instead of letters or basic outlines.

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800+ free embroidery patterns from DMC

"Hand Embroidery for Beginners || 14 basic embroidery stitches by Let's Explore" video tutorial

Created on: Jan. 25, 2023, 7:28 p.m.

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The 5 Best Places In Canada For Artists To Live In—Or Visit!

#5 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Charlottetown churches at dawn by Welcome PEI

Not only is this East Coast destination affordable and quaint, but it boasts an incredibly diverse and vibrant art scene. From yearly art festivals, exhibitions, and studio sessions with local artists, Charlottetown is sure to satisfy your artistic appetite. Charlottetown is also home to the Confederation Centre of the Arts, a cultural hub for visual and performing arts which includes a beautiful art gallery.

#4 Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto Skyline by Aaron Davis (Wikipedia)

It may seem obvious, but Toronto is a bustling city with an incredible art scene. There are many opportunities to get involved in the art world of Toronto, including art-related jobs, workshops, festivals, museums, and more. Toronto has spawned some of the highest-charting musical artists of our generation, including Drake, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes. Toronto is a great place for emerging artists to hone their craft. However, Toronto is a lively city, so it may not be the right choice for someone who is opting for a more peaceful locale.

#3 Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

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The Famous Three Churches of Mahone Bay by Shawn M. Kent (Wikipedia)

If you’re looking for solace and simplicity, check out this picturesque little town in Nova Scotia, located on the Atlantic shoreline. With numerous art galleries, shops, historic buildings, and local artists and artisans, this town is sure to make a glorious location for an artistic soul. Mahone Bay is known for its artistic and entrepreneurial spirit, so at the very least, it wouldn’t hurt to plan a trip there.

#2 Vancouver, British Columbia

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View of Downtown Vancouver by David G. Gordon (Wikipedia)

Vancouver is a city that is rooted in arts and culture. Over the years, the many blank walls of the city have been covered in amazing murals from Canadian artists. In fact, the city routinely commissions experienced and emerging artists to produce art installations and other artworks. If you plan to move here, your mural or art installation may just become another part of the artistic fabric of this city. Since the cost of living is high, you may opt for a visit rather than a full-on move. Either way, you are guaranteed to love what Vancouver has to offer. Not only does Vancouver have the fifth-largest art museum in Canada, but it also hosts numerous festivals, outdoor exhibitions, and more.

#1 Montreal, Quebec

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Downtown Montreal by Cortesía de Insbruck Tourismus

Montreal is a no-brainer when it comes to Canadian cities that are steeped in arts and culture. It is known as one of the most creative cities in North America. For starters, the famed Cirque du Soleil was founded in Montreal in the 1980s. Moreover, the city itself is covered in an array of incredible street art. In fact, there are street art tours you can take if you’re in the city. Beyond this, Montreal is home to some of the best and brightest art galleries in the country, such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which boasts over 40,000 unique exhibits. Whether you’re a Canadian artist planning to live in Montreal, or simply coming for a visit, you can be confident that you will fit right in!

Created on: Jan. 18, 2023, 5:07 p.m.

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Synaesthesia: The Fascinating Sensory Phenomenon You Need To Know About

Have you ever found yourself thinking about how green the number 5 is? Or how Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 tastes rather salty? Have you ever felt the bass of a Phil Collins solo on the small of your back, or seen the clear outline of musical notes as they dance around your eardrums? If you have, that is amazing. As for those of you who have not had such experiences, or wish to know more, the above instances depict a psychological condition called synaesthesia.

Synaesthesia, derived from the Ancient Greek words “synth” and “ethesia”, meaning ‘to perceive together’, is a seldom spoken about and moderately uncommon ability in which people recognize one sense as another. People with this ability may visualize happiness as a colour, or hear anguish as a letter. At this point you, as an insightful contemporary artist or art lover, may be thinking - “well yes, I often associate anger with the colour red, and feel joyful whenever I hear the song “Perfect Day” from Legally Blonde. Or perhaps you feel a wash of sadness drift over you every time you smell your grandmother’s baked cookies coming straight from the oven.

Whilst comparable, these are a completely separate genre of mental responses; they are conditioned through taught metaphors. We learn at an early age that anger looks red - the colour of blood and war. Songs that have upbeat tunes that allow us to reminisce about nostalgic, simpler times will always give us a feeling of happiness. And of course, Pavlovian teachings note that individual responses to specific smells often create the most powerful associations with our memory.

Synaesthesia is the very specific, unlearned and biological interweaving of our perception from one sense to another. Some people clearly taste the colour yellow as a crisp, clean musical note of the number five. While others may simply hear certain sounds and subsequently picture the shapes associated with them. Many artists and art enthusiasts believe synaesthesia is an indication of genius-level intellect (cue all readers vividly remembering the last time they felt that they heard the colour blue). Although modern research seems to have disputed this claim, it seems simply to be more of a purely genetic, biological condition.

Regardless of where it comes from, the implications are fascinating for art lovers: Imagine being able to see Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. Consider the idea that you could taste a Lucien Freud painting, or feel a Jackson Pollock masterpiece (if you believe that to be possible) on the base of your spine. Sounds crazy and fantastical at the same time. For long-standing members of the art community who are constantly trying to find different ways to interact with each other’s art, synaesthesia presents a fascinating potential to perceive art in completely new, uncharted fashions.

Some experts believe that up to 4% of people are synesthetes, although others claim that the figure lies closer to 1 in 2000 (0.25%), depending on the register of which one fully defines “synaesthesia.” This means that contemporary artists could theoretically create completely new artwork pieces and exhibitions to engage the incredible sensory experiences of those who have synaesthesia. Indeed, this may challenge many other members of the art community to see how synesthetes see the world, how they associate ideas and sense, and infuse multiple sensory experiences with one another, to give audiences a feeling of how it might feel to have this unique talent.

Many art enthusiasts would adore being able to cross-reference one sense with another, but this postmodern notion of manifold sensory art is a concept that has been introduced previously. Museums as high profile as the Met in New York have been displaying exhibitions that engage smell, hearing and touch in addition to sight, that art lovers from around the globe have come to pore over. What’s unique about synaesthesia is the ability to have this extra-sensory experience without having to create links between senses, as the individual mind can do it for itself all on its own. It is a thoroughly thought-provoking psychological phenomenon and one that certainly deserves more attention than it is shown.

Created on: Jan. 11, 2023, 3:32 a.m.


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