Although I’m still getting into the swing of using it, I am absolutely in love with Instagram. I think my problem with other social networking sites is that I don’t really care about what most people have to say (harsh, but true). If you had toast for brekkers I can live without being told, but if you upload a beautiful picture and slap a filter on it, suddenly I’m interested. It’s human nature to be drawn to beautiful things, so why not feed that image-hungry monster with a trip to Instagram.
I’m constantly on the look out for crafty people to follow, so I’ve made a list of a whole bunch of crafters that do some absolutely amazing work, so take a look!
My personal all time favourite Instagram crafter is Thimble & Bobbin. This sassy stitcher combines rap lyrics and pop cult phrases with an array of delicate flowers and vintage fabrics. Although there are already tonnes of cool hoops on offer, Thimble & Bobbin also make requests, so you can have anything your heart desires made into a ghetto fabulous hoop – what could be better?
This may not be everyones cup of tea, but if you’re after something unusual then look no further! Artist Michelle Gauthier is the kinky creator of a collection of crotch-stitch pieces. Michelle describes her work as ‘a way to embrace femininity and individuality’; her aim is simply to show that vaginas are beautiful. And just like real life vaginas, no crotch-stich is exactly alike, each is slightly different and original. But it’s not only vaginas Michelle has to offer, but so many other things like penis’s, breasts, uterus’s, and tampons – so there’s something for all the family (well maybe not everyone).
Aidies Hideaway is by far one of the most colourful accounts I follow. This account specialises in felt garlands, all ridiculously colourful and incredibly attractive. The most popular garlands are the retro looking flowers, however there is a lot more available, such as geometric shapes, hearts, fruit and a whole load of other things.
This one is something a bit different, Alexis Winter is an artist rather than a dedicated embroiderer. Most of her Insta-feed is full of her digital artwork, which is a bonus because it’s absolutely lovely, I seriously recommend taking a look. It’s not all digital though, Alexis occasionally dabbles in embroidery. A lot of the embroidery is typography worked through paper rather than fabric, which I think is fantastic and well worth checking out.
Naughty Little Stitch takes the traditional values of granny cross stitch and turns it into something offensive, but in a good way. Here you’ll find beautiful and traditional frames are filled with harsh insults and sassy sayings, what more could you want? Much like Thimble & Bobbin you can request anything you can imagine to be made for you, so if Naughty Little Stitch hasn’t quite got the insult for you there’s no need to panic.
Who doesn’t love a the combination of screen printing and biscuits? Welcome to the world of Nikki McWilliams, the creator of this biscuity goodness. Nikki has designed screen printed cushions of all your favourite biscuits, so there’s something for everyone. They look absolutely amazing and good enough to eat, the only problem is picking your favourite. It’s not just cushions up for grabs, but also jewellery, homeware, and even wrapping paper. Nikki’s tasty treats are definitely worth a look!
Last up is The Homemakery. This is a shop based in Britain that sells all sorts of sewing and craft supplies at reasonable prices. I warn you, if you follow this account be prepared to part with some cash, all their lovely pictures are sure to get you in a buying mood. And if you’re on the look out for wool there’s something special on offer for you, every week on the Instagram there’s a “colour palette of the week” which offers a limited pack of 5 beautiful yarns at a great price.
I highly recommend you check out these Instagram accounts, and as always feel free to check out mine while you’re at it @cloprosser