The one thing art requires, Jenny Hart says, is un-constructed time—freedom to create with abandon, sans restrictions or interruptions. Finding said time used to be a challenge when the Sublime Stitching founder lived at her Los Angeles warehouse, but it’s become easier to immerse herself in hand embroidery in her new home-based studio outside the city.
“It’s a thing that you have to work really hard to carve out, and it feels like
a luxury,” Hart says. “I always say I need a room that no one else goes in. I can close the door, be uninterrupted, and think and work.”
Since starting Sublime Stitching 15 years ago, Hart’s been producing contemporary hand embroidery designs that draw on both her fine art background and her combined love for rock and roll, bass guitar and comic books. It’s the hand embroidery company she wished existed when her mom taught her the craft in the 1990s, she says. “The patterns were really ‘70s and ‘80s and had fallen into this teddy-bears-and- bunnies realm,” says Hart. “Also the learning resources were extremely limited. They assumed you knew how to put fabric in a hoop and where the needles go.”
We’re lucky to have Jenny Hart join our Sew With Me series. If you love embroidery hand and/or machine, you’re in luck. Jenny has made her designs available in hand and machine embroidery formats, the best of both worlds.
Great thing is, if you need help on basic hand embroidery, there are helpful videos for only 2.99. Great for beginners or those who are a little rusty (me).