Stitcher Profile: Aimee Ray
Aimee Ray spent years as a graphic designer working on comic books and greetng cards. She also draws and paints, sculps and sews. She has written and illustrated two embroidery books and runs an etsy shop for her handmade items called little dear.
I've mentioned before how much I love Aimee's work. Today we are lucky enough to have her here on We Love French Knots. She graciously answered my many questions. Enjoy!
When did you first start stitching and how did you learn?
I first learned to embroider when I was about 5 years old and my grandma would bring me samplers to stitch on. I hadn't done it for years until I picked it up again a few years ago and started stitching my own designs. It was addictive and I haven't stopped since!
There are lots of talented embroidery artists out there! Some of my current favorites are:
I don't really have too many books, I mostly figure out things on my own, or from online tutorials. One of my favorite stitch resources is http://www.inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html
I use the Split Stitch a lot, it's a great one for any linework. Also Satin Stitches and French Knots usually find their way into my work as accents.
Why do you think embroidery has become such a big trend? Why are you attracted to it?
It is the perfect way to bring any idea or sketch to life with thread and fabric. There are no charts or diagrams and no set rules, it can be as simple as a line drawing or very complex and detailed with lots of different stitches and textures. I am very much a “make it up as I go along” type of person, so freestyle hand embroidery is perfect for my projects. I think I like textile work so much because it’s so different from the computer design work I do all day, but still a great creative outlet. There is something primitive and relaxing about stitching something by hand, and the result is very special and unique, quite different from the mass-produced items we see so much of.
Do you have any upcoming events? Are you teaching anywhere?
I don't have any upcoming craft events, the biggest event in my near future will be my baby being born in December! Until then I'm just trying to keep up with my usual design and craft work. :)
Can you tell us about your books?
My first book, Doodle Stitching, contains instructions, stitch diagrams, and 29 easy sewing projects each with a unique embroidery pattern to embellish it with.
my etsy shop is www.littledear.etsy.com