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We’re a Piece! #imapiece!

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We’re a piece of #imapiece!

Want to take part? Just click the link and join in. Say hi to our bud Mr X Stitch while you’re there :)

The #Imapiece Project

Ever since finding that Tale of Subversive Stitchers video, I’ve been quite interested in the craftivism movement. It really seems to be picking up steam over in jolly ol’ England, I feel like we perhaps have some catching up to do, especially after seeing the latest project to pop up that our good friend Mr X is involved in, the #imapiece project.

The #imapiece project is a collective effort of stitchers of the emerging contemporary craft movement urging people to join them to create a giant jigsaw embroidered with provocative messages to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign. Stitchers around the world are invited to make their own “piece” to support the cause and contribute to this great social campaign. The final pieces submitted from all over will be used to create an installation to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger and injustice.

If you want to join in, the template for the “piece” is here. I’m sure machine and hand stitchers alike can join in on the fun! More details on how to get involved and ideas for stitching your pieces can be found on the craftivist collective website (near the bottom) or the official #imapiece website.

I think stitching for a good cause is a fantastic way to expand the boundaries of craft and see what it can do!

High Tech Machine Embroidery for Surgery

There is a fantastic post over on Mr X Stitch today about Professor Julian Ellis OBE, a recognised expert in the field of Fabric Technologies, and his amazing work exploring the use of embroidery for engineering and surgery. What appears above to be a beautiful machine embroidered design is actually a pioneering medical device used for tissue repair after surgery.

The above device was featured on many of the posters advertising the Extreme Textiles exhibition at the Cooper Hewett National Design Museum (part of the Smithsonian) in New York during 2005. It subsequently was listed as one of the Amazing Inventions of 2005 by Time Magazine. It was also featured in the “Power of Making” exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (tier most successful free exhibition since 1950) during 2011, and has been entered into their permanent collection.

The device was custom designed for a patient who had had a tumour removed from his shoulder and needed extensive reconstruction two years afterwards. The surgeon requested a wide range of possible attachment points so that he could use all the tissue he found in the patient at that later date. Hence this design, which has been described as a “beautiful snowflake”

The process described on Ellis Developments website sounds similarly akin to making machine embroidered lace, where the design is stitched on a water soluble fabric which is then dissolved, leaving only the stitched device. The piece above was designed to repair a rotator cuff. It’s a fascinating look at taking machine embroidery from an amazing modernized art technique to something else entirely, a modern technology marvel.

“Modern embroidery uses sophisticated (and expensive) software dedicated to the quick and easy production of designs for the decoration of garments. Modifications to the use of this software allow fibre arrays to be designed for use as surgical implants with similar facility. This leads to the possibility of customised implants for individual patients. By way of example, we have taken a rough sketch of a component from a surgeon and converted it into an embroidery design, e-mailed it to Pearsalls Limited in Taunton, Somerset, and moved from concept to manufactured product in less than three hours .”

Though machine embroidery has often been spoken of simply as a modernization of an artistic craft, the speed and efficiency that this technology offers lends to all kinds of amazing possibilities for the creation and use of modern textile technology. It gives me new respect when designing with these incredible machines what’s possible with the technology offered today, while still elevating what an amazing and versatile craft embroidery really is.

Go visit the full post over on Mr X Stitch for more images of the amazing machine stitched creations, or see more on the gallery of the Ellis Development website.

Gear Threads on Mr X Stitch

Our inaugural Gear Threads post is up on Mr X Stitch!

We thought we’d start the series out by explaining a little about what goes on behind the magic of machine embroidery, specifically with the art of digitizing. It’s a more general introduction on what its like to be a digitizer, and what kinds of challenges that art form faces. We interviewed renowned digitizer Erich Campbell from Black Duck Embroidery, and he has a lot of awesome stuff to say on the matter. You want to peek behind the curtain?

Go check it out!

We ♥ Mr X Stitch

We’ve got some exciting news for the coming year… starting in 2012, we’re going to be part of the Mr X Stitch family! That’s right, you’ll be able to find us over there blogging about all the best and the shiniest in machine stitched and digitized embroidery in our new series Gear Threads.

Don’t worry, we’ll be keeping up all our usual blogging over here too, so you won’t want to miss out on either.We’ll be sure to share with you when our first X Stitch post goes out to the world.

If you haven’t met the X Stitch family, you’re seriously missing on of the most exciting contemporary embroidery blogs out there. Go have a peek, and look for us soon!

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 is going to be epic :)

Embroidery and Science

Potassium Elements Pillow

I’m loving the post over on Mr X Stitch all about Embroidery, Textiles and Science. I’m especially in love with these embroidered elements pillows from Alyse Anderson. Machine embroidered elements? Yes please.

Funny how often embroidery and nerd-dom collide :)