Embroidered Art by Ana Teresa Barboza

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Embroidery artist, Ana Teresa Barboza isn’t your average needlepoint star. She takes a medium that has often been relegated to high-society women in history books, and breathed life into this forgotten art form by thinking outside the box, or in this case, the hoop. landscape-3landscape-5Barboza created a collection of landscapes that appear to be growing out of the embroidery hoop, and take on a life of their own with wide knits and knots crawling out of the frame.

plantsBut she doesn’t stop at landscapes. Barboza also recreates plants and uses the natural likeness of thread to roots to create a multi-dimensional piece that straddles reality and art.

landscape-7Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery While florals have always been a popular theme for embroidered art, this ain’t your average throw pillow art. The bold colors and unique outline of the female figure make this piece a standout.

 

 

Yarn Bombing

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We love to beautify our lives with home decor and fashion DIYs, but what about a DIY that beautifies the world? If you haven’t heard of yarn-bombing, it’s the practice of covering unexpected places, spaces and things in colorful yarn! Said to have been established in Texas as a way for knitters to get rid of scraps of yarn they didn’t need, yarn bombing has taken the world by storm with these artistic displays spanning the globe from Japan to Sweden. They can cover anything from a park bench to a school bus, and are usually “painted” in a rainbow of color! Have you seen these works or fiber art before?

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How would you DIY + Beautify your city?

Watercolor Decor Inspiration

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One of this spring’s hottest home decor trends is for the free-spirited because the medium it mimics isn’t one to stay in place. We’re talking about free-flowing watercolors! The light and bright look of watercolors is flowing into home decor everywhere, and we’re definitely digging this trend. Watercolor Burst Mural

Watercolor Wall and Chair

Watercolor wallpaper is popping up everywhere! It adds serenity to any room, and can add the perfect pop of color.

Watercolor Ikat Pattern ThrowWatercolor RugWatercolor is fantastic print for textiles! We love the Ikat print throw and patterned rug above because they can mimic the look of a canvas.

Watercolor Birthday Party

This trend in home decor transcends into party decor too! This watercolor birthday party for a little girl is adorable and fitting. Watercolors can be whimsical and soft, and allow kids to explore their creativity!

April Showers Decor DIY

This cool DIY from Mabey She Made It combines the gradient effect of watercolors, and a fun cutout shape for a modern approach to the style.


Watercolor Giraffe Shower Curtain

Watercolor prints are an obvious choice in the bathroom because of their aqueous and free-flowing look!

Watercolor Abstract Wave Print

Watercolor Floral Print

The easiest way to add this trend to your home is with a simple print! There are some beautiful and inexpensive prints available on Etsy and Society6 that can match any of your room decor!

Have you added watercolor decor to your home? How have you adopted this trend?

DIY: Valentine’s Day Heart Art

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When it comes to Valentine’s Day, one of the sweetest gifts to give and receive is something handmade! This year, why not make your sweetheart something they can see every single day? This DIY is a perfect piece of wall art, and will fit right in no matter what your home decor looks like because this DIY is completely customizable.

Heart Wall Art DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

Buttons: (Use different sizes)

Hexagon Fashion Button 4 Holes #39945

Octagonal Fashion Button #41710

Shiny Fashion Button 4 Holes #39789

4-Hole Button Classic #20919

6 Yards of Black and White 25 mm Herringbone Ribbon #43800

E-6000

10″ x 10″ Foam Core Board or Canvas Board

Scissors

Pins

Cutting Ribbon

1. Lay out your herringbone ribbon on one side. Be sure to leave enough ribbon to cover the sides of the foam board.

Mirror Image with Ribbon

2. Begin creating the pattern with the ribbons. Make sure that what you do to one side, you mirror on the other side.

Pinning Ribbon to Board

3. Pin down or glue the ribbons, and cut the excess.

Create Pattern with Ribbon

4. Keep creating a pattern with the herringbone until the entire board is covered.

Cutting Excess Ribbon

5.  Turn the board over and cut the excess ribbon.

Creating Heart Shape

6. Lay your buttons out into a heart-shaped pattern.

Gluing Button Pieces

7. Pick one button up at a time, and glue down to maintain your desired shape.

Heart Wall Art

We love how personalized you can make this project. You can grosgrain ribbon, metal buttons, or make the shape into a monogram. The options are endless, and allow you to make a DIY that really comes from the heart!

REAWAKENING Series

By Blerona

THE REAWAKENING PRESENTS // SERIES I

On July 12th, The REAWAKENING presented it first series of  “Pop Art Gallery” and M&J Trimming was proud Sponsor.

The Reawkening is an An explosion of fresh, unfiltered visual art of various mediums, THE REAWAKENING goes beyond the traditional parameters of your typical art gallery. This 3-part series exhibition will feature a curated collective of new artists of varying mediums [fashion, home décor, visual art, film and music] to represent one theme

SERIES I featured works by artists Artists for Humanity, Awol Erikzu, Felipe Baeza, Joanne Petit-Frere, Jessica dela Merced and a performance by Iyadede!

Here are some photos below of the exciting event and learn more or see more photos Follow them on Facebookand check out these websites.

REAWAKENING SERIES
The Elle Files
Chelly Wellz Shop
Felipe Baeza’s Site
OMO Writes (Samantha’s Blog)

Re-design What You Already Have!

Join us Sunday, November 22nd and re-create your old wardrobe 

Location:

M&J Trimming

1008 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10018 

Call 1-9-MJTRIM  to Sign up!

Decorative Throw Pillows

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By Nicole Cohen

Is your home desperately in need of some high fashion glamour? Throw pillows are an easy way to punch up a room, and they can be changed at your whim. However, decorative throw pillows can be very expensive, especially if you buy more than one of them.

Now you can add that little extra something to your home at a minimal cost.

I began to notice many high end designer home stores carrying pillows adorned with many of the things sold at M&J Trimming. I improvised on the designs I saw in high end department stores and created this fun pillow for my home. This design works on any shape pillow and any color.

I made a 18 sq” silk pillow, using about 5 yards of brown 3/8” grosgrain ribbon.

The easiest pillow to sew is a simple square pillow.

 

Steps:

 

  1. To make your pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are one half inch bigger than your finished pillow measurement on each side.
  2. Take your grosgrain ribbon and lay it diagonally across the brighter side of one of the squares of fabric.  If you like this arrangement cut the ribbon and sew it on diagonally. Sew to the edge of the fabric, so that when you close the pillow, the ribbons will disappear into the seam. 
  3. This is where the fun begins, begin to sew the strips of ribbon in as many random directions as you can. Alternate horizontal, vertical and different diagonal strips to achieve a random look.
  4. When you are satisfied that the face of your pillow is striped to perfection, place the two squares so that they are on top of each other and so that the brighter side of one square faces the side with the ribbons. 
  5. Sew around three sides of the fabric squares, using a half inch seam allowance. (A seam allowance is the measurement from the edge of the fabric to where you want the sewing machine to stitch the fabric.) On the fourth side of the squares, sew a third of the way in from each side. This leaves you with an open space in the middle of that side. Use that space to turn your pillow right side out.
  6. At last, you are ready to finish your pillow. Stuff it firmly and then hand stitch the opening closed. Now, you can repeat the process to make a matching pillow.

You can also achieve the same look with less work by taking an existing pillow and using SoBo fabric glue to glue the strips of ribbon onto your pillow case. If you do choose to glue the ribbons on, be aware that the edges will not be as clean as the sewed in version.

Enjoy!