Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Intersectional Art

Last week I went to see the 20th National Exhibit of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. This is a traveling exhibit and I certainly had to travel to see it...three hours each way. But there are some really amazing pieces and I am glad I got to see them. Here are a couple of pictures I took.

Beautifully beaded box top

This is all stitched!
by Lee Ann Kleeman

A stitched Zentangle by Catherine Jordan

Magnificent embroidered box also by Catherine Jordan

The exhibit has moved on to Iowa now and will finish up in Wisconsin so if you get a chance, check it out.

This week's Diva Challenge is to use the tangle pattern Knightstar by Daniel Lamothe. Daniel has taken inspiration from mathematical graphing. I love it when artists independently come to similar solutions. There was a needlepoint designer who also loved to play with graph paper and developed some needlepoint stitches that use the same concept. The stitch equivalent to Knightstar is called a Crescent Stitch. And if you stitch all the way around instead of just the two opposite sides you have a Jessica Stitch. (In the illustration of the Jessica Stitch I linked to, if you stitch only side 1 you have a Crescent Stitch.) I decided to stitch this week's entry and used some other needlepoint stitches that use the same grid base. The second square is made up of Rhodes Stitch and Waffle Stitch and I put a Jessica Stitch in the center.


  1. Nice work Dorita and very original to show us this tangle in stich, a beautiful Zia!

  2. I love seeing Zentangle stretched into sewing, embroidery, needlepoint and such. A great way to share our passion in a different way.

  3. Dorita, you have done such a beautiful piece of stitchery to do this tangle. I'm very impressed. I thought about embroidering some tangles. Now that I've seen this, I'm sure I'll try it out. Oh yeah, something else on my pile to do. LOL

    I love seeing those pieces from the traveling exhibit of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. They are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for showing us.

  4. I love your stitched tile. I haven't used any of that perforated paper canvas in years....what a wonderful idea! You did a great job on it. The Embroiders' Guild exhibit pieces are beautiful...both my husband and I do embroidery...he spends more time at it than I do however, because I lack the attention span...lol

  5. Thanks for sharing your photos from the embroidery exhibit. It's really nice to see how you combine Zentangle and embroidery. I have always admired embroidery and as a history geek, I enjoy learning about old samplers.

  6. Many thanks for sharing the amazing stitch work photos! Love your stitched tile!