Embellished New Vintage – Beautiful Embroidery by Karen Nicol

Anne Roselt
Anne Roselt
, Plascon Colour Manager

If you are looking for something unique, authentic, artistic and beautiful, then you will be totally inspired by the new book by Karen Nicol called Embellished New Vintage.

Embellished New Vintage Book Cover

Embellished New Vintage Dust Cover, Image Source: karennicol.com

London-based Karen Nicol is an embroidery and mixed media textile artist working in gallery, fashion and interiors. She specialises in Irish, Cornelly, Multihead, beading and hand embroidery.

The book showcases a selection of techniques and materials, including vintage ribbons, melted sequins, lace and other items to create pieces of art that are so beautiful, authentic and unexpected. It is a wonderful showcase of how vintage pieces can be given a new look with contemporary decoration.

Here are a few examples of the techniques featured in the book Embellished New Vintage:

EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: SEQUINS AND BEADS

Karen Nicol embroidery

Clements Ribeiro Ready-To-Wear Collection 2004 (featuring Karen Nicol embroidery), Image Source: vogue.co.uk

Karen has worked in collaboration with many fashion designers, including Clements Ribeiro, Tracy Mulligan, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Vera Wang, John Rocha, Matthew Williamson and Chanel couture, to name a few.

EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: ART INSTALLATIONS

"Out of The Blue Into The Black" Installation 2007, Image Source

“Out of The Blue Into The Black” Installation 2007, Image Source “Embellished New Vintage”, Author Karen Nicol, published by A&C Black, 2012

This art piece was one of the pieces featured in an oceanography exhibition in Santa Fe, funded by Shell UK.

EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: TUFTS

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This long-legged flying mouse is embroidered with layers of fringing in viscose sewing thread. The wings are embroidered glass organza.

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The gold is Irish satin stich foiled with gold. The tufted body is made from hand-dyed ribbon that is cut and frayed.

EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: FOLDOVER

A technique using different materials like torn strips of fabric, folded and stitched.

Karen Nicol Textiles, Image Source shebreathes.com

Karen Nicol Textiles, Image Source: shebreathes.com

Karen Nicol Textiles, Image Source shebreathes.com

Karen Nicol Textiles, Image Source: shebreathes.com

Beautiful and colourful shapes sewn onto lace.

EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: FAGOTTING

"Faggoting" technique by Karen Nicol, Image Source "Embellished New Vintage"

“Faggoting” technique by Karen Nicol, Image Source “Embellished New Vintage”, Author Karen Nicol, published by A&C Black, 2012

One of my favourite sections in the book is the one on Fagotting. This is a technique where two pieces of fabric are joined with a gap between them. Layers of torn chiffon and braids were pinned in place and then stitched using thick crochet thread.

Karen Nicol Textiles, Image Source

Karen Nicol Textiles, Image Source “New Embellished Vintage”, Author Karen Nicol, published by A&C Black, 2012

EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: UPCYCLING

Vintage purses are given a new lease on life with some textile embellishment.

Karen Nicol embellished purses

Karen Nicol embellished purses, Image Source: r-h-g.co.uk

Karen Nicol embellished purses

Karen Nicol embellished purses, Image Source: r-h-g.co.uk

For more information on the book and the techniques above, go to: www.karennicol.com

From ‘L’Escalier’, page 138 of Vogue Living July/Aug 2012, Photograph by Richard Powers, Image Source pinterest.com/vogueliving/

From ‘L’Escalier’, page 138 of Vogue Living July/Aug 2012, Photograph by Richard Powers, Image Source pinterest.com/vogueliving/

Funny how when something grabs your attention you see it popping up everywhere – saw this couch in Vogue Living. Looking forward to see more of this trend in décor.

And staying with beautiful embellishment, if you haven’t seen the latest Zuhair Murad Spring Summer 2013 collection, enjoy this wonderful video…

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1 Response

  1. Lucy says:

    What amazing talent – all so perfectly beautiful..

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