The gift of the embroidery bible

I’ve been a bit quiet online recently, I have been taking a bit more time to complete personal projects like decorating mine and my partners room, making gifts for friends and working on some stuff for a new collective. I will get back into the swing of things soon, but it’s been nice to take things a little slower recently.
But today I want to show you this, for Christmas my partners Grandma gave me the Embroidery stitch bible. As a lot of you know, I have taught myself everything I know, just by figuring it out. Turns out there were a few things I wasn’t doing right and this book has helped me work these things out. This year I will be starting to work through it, exploring new stitches and techniques and expanding my embroidery knowledge. I highly recommend the book to anyone at any stage in their learning, it’s amazing! Keep an eye out for these new stitches in my pieces this year!

@justacard Indie week- Indie Friday

It’s day 5, the last day of the @justacard Indie week and challenge, today I am buying, selling and celebrating independent shops and businesses.
Thank you so much if you have supported me in any way big or small this week, it means so much to me and encourages me to keep doing what I do. You can see all the things I have available in my shop in my stories today on Facebook or Instagram, or just browse through my shop.
The Sea Cat
 

@justacard Indie week- Spread the love.

It’s day 4 of @justacard Indie week and Instagram challenge and today I’m sharing some of my favorite artists with you! This is an incredibly difficult task as I have so many creative people in my life and I can’t seem to narrow it down, these are all artists that inspire me, some are friends of mine, some are just talented artists that I love! Please give them a follow, like, share, comment, whatever, just spread the love! I have tagged all the accounts below, if you click a tag you will be taken to their Instagram page.

The Sea Cat

@mogwai_breakcore @puss_ytattie @dhammit.tat @rare_bear_ @kaowa_creations @martaajunke @baddiva.vontease @slimetime_slugtopia @scum4gold @mouxja @lewysedwards @mengi.may @charliecrossdesigns @littlebodiesshop @hulmeloonies1 @mauritzverlinden @fungi_lighting @madagast.art @mosaic.rocks  @sewyoursoul @lalatigerbloom @stickupcrochet @lil_p.i.g. @sadcattttttt @antikki.tattoo @devilsdenclothing @the_littlest_falcon @libby.bove.design @bespokebazaarrr @millipedeity @broke_boutique @paintedpeachuk @bratbabytattoo @captain_purky @themechanicalmenagerie @buttongirlart @mushka.mizu @lauragraingerceramics @discoredia_tattt @westbrook_forge_craft @fleurillustrates @frog_paracord_designs @moofshroom.emporium @disinfectedslut @mollylemonart @shizzy_clo @alicio.d.alfonsina @annalisaluciana @weirdsculpture @glassartwerks @mattgjlawrence @freeorgy @the_drawing_room_art @alexandrakehayoglou @westweaves @lisaseaurchin @sorryjonnydied @six_herons @ladylillypot @miss_sohee @kathrin_marchenko @lemonpepperstudio

 

 

Justacard Indie week- Events, shows and online platforms.

It’s day 3 of @justacard Indie week and part 3 of the Instagram challenge, today I’m talking about which platforms I buy and sell on and what events I have coming up.

I use my website, Facebook and Instagram to showcase my work and I use Etsy to sell it, however not all of my sales are made this way. My website is the best way to view my work and has a blog feature to keep you up to date with everything going on in The Sea Cat’s world. You can subscribe to my mailing list to receive emails about events, projects, new releases, discounts and more. 

Unfortunately this year I have been unable to participate in any markets in person due to Covid-19 restrictions and having surgery. Some of my clothes however went down the catwalk and my embroidery hoops were displayed in the exhibition at the SLUGLY: Anti-Fashion and Arts Micro Festival a couple of months ago and I also had a virtual gallery in the Chorlton Arts Festival Virtual which you can still view at chorltonarts.org or on my website.

I have been forced to adapt to new ways of getting my work out there so I have a couple of Virtual events coming up that you can get involved in on Facebook…

30th November- 7th December- The Sea Cat’s online Christmas market

4th December-7th December- The SCRAP YARD RATS online Christmas market

Please click ‘going’ on the event pages to make sure you get notifications about when they are starting. There will be loads of beautiful handmade gifts up for grabs.

The Sea Cat

 

 

Justacard Indie week- What the ‘SHOP INDEPENDENT’ message means to me.

It’s day 2 of @justacard Indie week! Today I am explaining what the SHOP INDEPENDENT message means to me, so here goes..
 
Shopping with independent artists and businesses has always been important for me, it makes me feel good to buy from another artist because I understand that a sale is not only some income but it’s supporting an individuals dreams, goals and creativity. Every time you buy from an artist you know that they are doing a happy dance or getting that much needed hit of serotonin after spending hours making and perfecting their work. It feels great on both ends!
 
For some your interest in their work means eating, paying bills, sending children to school with everything they need etc. It may be ‘just a card’ to you but it could mean that you are helping someone with the big things.
 
Now is a more important time than ever to shop independent, our small businesses are dying out due to the Covid-19 restrictions and we need to help save them. It may be new to you but buying art online is the future as our markets are unable to function as normal in these difficult times, however you will be helping much more than you think. Each sale, share, save, like and comment boosts the creators algorithm and makes their work more widely accessible to new people, you don’t need to spend a fortune to help someone out.
 
When someone buys something from me I get so excited and almost a little emotional to think that someone out there loves what I do! It is a brilliant feeling to post off an item to new places, knowing that your work is being spread all over the place. The support I get from my customers is extremely important to me and encourages me to keep doing what I do, pushing myself to learn new things and to have pride in my work.
 
So thank you to each and every one of you who has supported me in my journey, and remember to shop independent!
 
The Sea Cat
 
 
 

Justacard Indie week! Meet the maker.

Hello and welcome to @justacard Indie week, I will be taking part in the Instagram challenge this week so I’m starting off today with explaining who I am and what I do.
 
I am The Sea Cat, an embroidery artist from Gloucestershire, England (currently living in Manchester). I take inspiration from nature and the world around me to create unique hand embroidered items such as upcycled clothing, patches, embroidery hoops and jewellery, I also take commissions for special custom pieces.
 
I have been an embroidery artist for around 3.5 years, teaching myself everything I know, I am constantly learning new things and improving my skills. I love to do my embroidery free hand, watching it grow from a few tiny stitches to something amazing, I use a method called ‘thread painting’ to make my one of a kind items.
 
I started practicing the art as a new hobby but it quickly grew into much more for me, not only is it a fun past time,it is an important part of my routine. I have suffered with Chronic Pelvic pain for a good few years now, it affects my life in ways you wouldn’t think of every day, I use embroidery to manage the pain. It sounds odd but it really works for me! A few months back I had major surgery and was unable to do almost everything for a long time after (I am still in the healing process, it will be a while until I’m fully healed). Luckily embroidery was one of the few things I could manage to do so I have been using it to help with my healing too.
 
I am very passionate about my work, especially the upcycling side of it, it is important to me that my small business is sustainable and that I bring a new lease of life to old pieces of clothing and other materials. The fast fashion industry is one of the main contributors to global warming, we need to combat this by making the most out of the fabrics and clothing that we already have on the planet. This message is so important to me that I started a collective this year called the SCRAP YARD RATS, all of the artists involved produce art in all different mediums using recycled materials in the process.
 
I am a creative person, always exploring new ways to make things but I also love to get out in nature, walking and taking in all of the amazing plants and creatures life has to offer. I am a keen gardener and cook, I also love to dance! I have been missing gigs, festivals and raves this year, there’s nothing like shaking it all off with your friends. In my spare time I also like to model, this photo is taken from a shoot not long before I went into hospital.
 
I have a lot of new ideas and plans whizzing round my head at the moment so keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting projects.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
The Sea Cat
 
 
It’s #meetthemakerweek so here is a little about me…
 
I’m The Sea Cat, a 23 year old embroidery artist from the South West of England, currently living in Manchester. I have been practicing embroidery for the around 3 years and I absolutely love it however I don’t just do embroidery, I like to try my hand at a bit of everything.
 
I have taught myself everything I know about embroidery over those three years and I’m constantly learning more. I think embroidery can be a very empowering art, it was once thought of ‘woman’s work’ but that is currently changing in a big way, it’s great that it has been making a comeback over more recent years.
 
My main inspiration for my work comes from nature as you can probably see from my previous posts, I quite enjoy photography too so lately I have been taking photos of the gorgeous plants, fungi and creatures around me to reference in my work. I also like to take inspiration from my other interests.
 
I love to upcycle in my work, it gives me great joy to produce something new from something old, I love to make models, jewellery and especially clothing with reused materials. I make a lot of upcycled clothing, I often embellish them with hand embroidered patches that I’ve made. This year I started a small collective of artists called the SCRAP YARD RATS, we are all artists that use recycled materials in our work, it’s very new to me but I’m happy with where it’s going, it has sparked up a few ideas for collaborations so watch this space!
 
I have suffered with Chronic Pelvic Pain for around 5 years now and I feel that the time I spend stitching is extremely therapeutic for me, helping me to manage the pain. I had major surgery in August which I’m still recovering from, I honestly don’t know how I would have coped if it wasn’t for my embroidery work keeping my mind active. It feels ironic that I am now all stitched up…
 
I am flooded with inspiration at the moment and have a lot of ideas ready to be made into the real thing, I will slowly be working through the queue of plans and making this all happen over the coming months. I am really excited for this as I will be working on some big things that I’ve never tried before, I can’t wait to share this with you.
 
Trousers hand embroidered by The Sea Cat