Craft Stars: Constance Howard, Embroiderer Extraordinaire

constancehoward_green_1.jpgAbove: Jenny Hart's adorable colorized version of Constance Howard's author photo is not that far from the truth - the lady loved dyeing her hair shades of green, even back in the forties and fifties!

Lately I've been getting very excited about embroidery and its potential. That's just one reason why I so enjoyed Sublime Stitching founder Jenny Hart's recent blog post about one of the foremothers of art embroidery - Constance Howard.

Never heard of her? Me neither. But Jenny's blog post is the perfect introduction to this pioneering embroiderer, author and educator, whose colorful and ever-so-slightly-abstract work looks as fresh and contemporary today as when it first emerged from her hoop.

Plus, as her Telegraph obituary trumpets, she proudly used discarded materials like milk bottle-tops and shattered glass in her work, making her an ace upcycler, as well!

harlequins.jpgLeft: Harlequins by Constance Howard - a perfect example of embroidery as illustration. Collection of Goldsmiths College, London.

Click here to read the whole story, which begins when Jenny finds a treasure trove of vintage Constance Howard embroidery books at an estate sale...and continues with some cool facts and revelations about both women.

Who's your favorite vintage crafter? We're always looking for ideas for our Crafty Classics series, so please do leave your thoughts in our comments section.

[Images via the Sublime Stitching Blog and the Embroiderers' Guild.

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