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Featured embroidery artist: Elly May

Elly May, from @ellymaydesigns, is an embroidery enthusiast specializing in handmade felt ornaments.

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Back in 2000, she began sewing small felt keepsakes for her family after receiving an ornament that her sister had made for her.  The original ornament was a tiny, white Christmas tree with three pink buttons sewn onto it.  Impressed by its charm, Elly May decided to continue the family tradition but would expand the designs to feature embroidery.  Using metal cookie cutters as templates, she would trace the shapes onto felt sheets and create a miniature design within the shape.  As the ornament-giving tradition expanded to include friends, interest from a wider audience began to grow.

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Elly May felt ornaments are crafted in Geneva, Switzerland.  Each one is unique and features traditional embroidery stitching in floral designs, often with added detailing using buttons or beads.  Predominantly made from wool felt, these quaint keepsakes can be hung anywhere in the home.  View more on Instagram under @ellymaydesigns.

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Featured embroidery artist: Marie Maglaque

Marie Maglaque is a French-Swiss embroidery accessory designer, currently
based in Switzerland after living for more than 10 years in Asia.

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Marie caught the travel bug early on and graduated in 2001 from ESMOD
Paris, an international fashion school, with a degree in fashion design
and pattern making. Shortly after she moved to Florence (Italy) where she
learnt Italian, studied jewelry design and did an internship at the
fashion label Emilio Pucci’s HQ.

In 2004, an opportunity to work in Tokyo as a marketing assistant for a
French jeweler initiated her passion for Japan. Later on work led her to
live in Singapore where she founded her family before moving to several
other countries in Asia.

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Marie takes her inspiration from floral patterns and laces as well as
embroidery materials. Her favorite includes cup sequins, tiny beads and
DMC cotton threads with vibrant colors. Though her background is in
fashion and jewelry designs, Marie is a self-taught embroiderer and only
works with embroidery needles, mostly on felt & lace bases.

In addition to selling finished pieces and exhibiting, Marie is also
teaching workshops in several languages (French, English and Japanese) and
most recently published her first DIY book in Japan.

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You can connect daily with Marie on Instagram (@marie_maglaque) or on
Facebook (MarieMaglaqueBroderie).
Also check out the website and online shop she recently launched:
www.mariemaglaque.com

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Featured embroidery artist: Else Ruckli-Stoecklin

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Else Ruckli-Stoecklin in her studio.
When I visited the Textilmuseum St. Gallen earlier this year, I discovered the works of Else Ruckli-Stoecklin, a now deceased Swiss hand embroidery master that created beautiful and intricate needle paintings long before they became “hip”. She also worked with enamel, wire and collage, but she considers her embroidered pieces as her main interest.
Else was born in 1912 in Austria but both her parents were of Swiss origin. Else spent her school years in Basel and moved to Luzern in her twenties to study fine arts. After study visits to London and Paris, she was married to an engineer and henceforth lived and worked in Bern. I could not find her exact day of death, but I believe it is sometime around 2004.

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Choosing embroidery as her medium was a deliberate and brave decision. Needle arts were not counted among the fine arts but generally classified as craftwork. Thus, her curator writes: “… with each piece, Else Ruckli-Stoecklin performs a balancing act between art and craft…” (cit. Dr. Gerda Benesch; translated by blogger).

But Else declares that she “works independently and doesn’t follow the mainstream” (cit. Else Ruckli-Stoecklin; translated by blogger).

Else exhibited in reknown Swiss galleries and museums. I love her works for their colors, forms and neatness; they make me happy to look at – and that is exactly what she intended!

This blog article shall end with another quotation of Else that I really like: “… as the needle is piercing the canvas, the motif is quasi growing out of the fabric and is literally enmeshed in the background…” (cit. Else Ruckli-Stoecklin; translated by blogger).

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(source: Ruckli-Stoecklin, Else. Mein Erleben und mein Schaffen. Niederteufen, 1997.)

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Featured bead embroidery artist: Chantal Stalder (sogni d’oro)

medusa`s shield of vengeance def. (2) “Since my hands follow me, I am creative” says Swiss bead embroidery artist Chantal Stalder. As a child, she used to draw a lot and created many little art projects.
After high school, she studied at The School of Arts in Basel.
That was the start of her professional life as an artist: She began to paint and after a while discovered the art of bead embroidery which is still a great passion of hers.
Since 2000, Chantal lives in Tessin (the Italian speaking part of Switzerland) and owns a studio (‘sogni d’oro’ meaning ‘golden dreams’), where she works and studies. Armband after eight
Cellini2 Chantal exhibits her paintings and bead embroidery art in Switzerland.

She frequently gives workshops and teaches tutorials, showing people how to realize their own art pieces.

Chantal loves to share her knowledge gained in the past 8 years of beading.

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You can find Chantal online at the kunstatelier-sogni-d-oro.

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Featured embroidery artist: Claudia Jäggi

self Claudia Jäggi (born 1975) is a mainly self-taught fibre artist with a family background in textiles (her maternal grandmother was a textile art teacher, her paternal grandmother was a couture dressmaker). Transforming traditional techniques into fiber art and adding further media, her work could mayhap be titled “mixed media embroidery art”.
She is based in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Claudia grew up in Davos, a small town in the Alps; so she often draws inspiration from nature. For example, she uses makro photographs of plants or patterns found in the beautiful surroundings of her home at the edge of the woods, translating them into stitch. alpenblumen
rig3 As she is also a writer, another important source of inspiration is her longing to tell stories.
 Claudia exhibits her work in local galleries and online at claudiajaeggitextileart.net.

She is also the founder of the Swiss Hand Embroiderers’ Guild.

Her art can be purchased at Claudia Jäggi Textile Art.

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Featured bead embroidery artist: Kyriaki Potoglou

DSC04710 Kyriaki is a bead embroidery artist and art teacher, born 1957 in Piraeus, Greece.

She has a son living and working in Bern, so she calls Switzerland her second home.

Kyriaki was educated at the Florence Fine Art School in painting and at the Athens Jewelry School in the arts of jewelry making and metal smithing.

She creates handmade jewelry with metals and beads as well as paintings and assemblages with recycled materials.

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Kyriaki speaks Greek, Italian, English and French.

Up until now she hold many presentations and exhibitions promoting art in all aspects.

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Featured bead embroidery artist: Daphné Madrigali of NAB Créations

1 - On the Beach 05Daphné’s first necklace. A real shell with seed beads and crystals. Daphné is married and the lucky mother of three (big) children, a daughter and two sons. In her other job, she’s a case manager for the Financial Department of Geneva Hospital. She lives in Chêne-Bougeries in the suburbs of Geneva.
Already as a child, she loved beads and created her own jewelry. Then, more than ten years ago, she rediscovered her bead passion with the Swarovski rings.

Still a few years later, she discovered the works of American bead embroiderers such as Sherry Hutchison, Heidi Kummli and Jamie Cloud Eakin, and she fell in love with their technic. So she bought books and dreamed about creating, thinking she would never be able to do this… until she finally dared to try her first piece! Ever since, she says, she is totally addicted. 😉

2 - AthenaFor her first contest : Athena in manga version.
Daphné especially likes to play with face cabochons, which add some mystery to her jewelry.
Otherwise, she likes photographing, crafting and cooking with her youngest son (who is also very creative) and traveling.
4 - GobelinCuff with a mixture of beads and fabric (goblin). You can find her one of a kind jewelry here:
NAB Créations’ blog
NAB Créations’ etsy shop