Lately I've been inspired by (read: pinning) a lot of embroidery/needlepoint. Embroidery, as a broad definition, is a fabric or material decorated with a stitched design. To my knowledge, needlepoint is a type of embroidery that is done on an open weave canvas, usually with diagonal stitching.
I've dabbled in a bit of needlepoint myself, but nothing so fancy as to be considered a pro. For some reason I feel like it is more of a winter hobby -- so I think I'll give it another go when winter comes and I'm looking for an après ski activity. The cool thing about embroidery is that it is a very old practice but can be easily updated to be made modern. Many artists and hobbyists out there are creating awesome designs using this old medium. I always appreciate artists who are creative with their materials and who search out old mediums to use in a modern fashion. Being a printmaker myself, people often don't even know what relief printmaking is when I tell them it's what I studied. However, I like that and it's extra special being part of a continuing history that has been growing for hundreds of years.
Another great thing about this art form is that it can be used in many ways. It can be framed and hung on a wall, made into a pillow, or used as decoration on clothing (see two of my dresses below). Check out some of my inspiration images and let me know what you think!