A new feature I'm introducing here is Illustrated. I have a special place in my heart for all things illustrated whether it be books, illustrations on vintage items, whatever. If something has a beautiful illustration that I love adorning it, I hope to share that here, whether it be from my own collection or gems I find online.
The first Illustrated gem I wanted to share is this vintage children's book I found while at an antique mall in Memphis recently. I fell pretty hard for these unique illustrations that are essentially compositions assembled from hand-stitching and what looks to be paper-cuts and/or fabric. A pretty brilliant combination that has inspired me like crazy as I've looked through it. It's already sparked some ideas for some digital kits in the future (any excuse to do some hand-stitching is fine by me. I love it! Especially excited to do some yarn embroidery.)
The obvious amount of time, work and thought that was put into these is pretty mind-boggling to me. The calico patterns, saturated colors and slight crudeness of the designs are pretty much the icing on the cake for me.. pure happiness!
Selections from a Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated (Stitchery) by Virginia Tiffany
A Golden Book, copyright 1972
This rug kind of kills me. LOVE.
I did some searching around the interwebs for more work by Virginia Tiffany and this is what I found on ebay and flickr. Would love to add these to my collection.
The irony that this is a cat book and that I want it will not be lost on my family, as I'm not a cat fan. Mostly because I'm allergic. But the stitchery is pretty amazing (and not to mention, the cat photos are pretty hilarious.)
This one looks pretty cute, too!