Call for Submissions: Unexpected Embroidery

Do you create unusual embroidery?

Leanne Prain, who co-authored the subversive knitting book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, is turning her attention from yarn to floss.

Her new book, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, is due out in Fall 2011, and Leanne is looking for needlework designers to contribute projects.

Do you design unusual or unexpected pieces of needlepoint? If so, you should design a pattern for Hoopla, The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, to be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2011.

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery rebels against the traditional notions of quaint embroidery with motifs of flowers and songbirds. The book will feature unusual stitch work on a variety of surfaces and textures. With off-beat patterns including subway maps, feminist Girl Guide badges, and metal band letterforms; Hoopla will demonstrate that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles that they work with. If you describe your stitch-work as arresting, subversive, quirky, or conceptual, Hoopla should feature your design work.

To find out more about how to submit a project, visit Go quick though, as the deadline for submission ideas is June 15th, 2010.

On a related note, the Drawing in Thread exhibit at Mount Ida College in Massachusetts looks awesome. You can see some photos of the show here and here.

Pictured here are Bren Ahearn's Sampler No.5 and Andrea Dezso's Embroidered Walk Cycle from the Drawing in Thread exhibit.

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