Delicate and Creepy: Macabre Needlework

I live for contrasts. The combination of hard and soft, growth and decay…That’s probably why I’ve always been so enthralled by old cemeteries. Ornate stonework, delicate wrought iron gates, flowers and plant life sprinkled across the grounds, all combined in a place that’s intended to house the deceased.

Lately I’ve been positively possessed by macabre needlework. Embroidery is typically thought of dainty, delicate, and — of course — feminine. Which is why finding these embroidery artists is such a treat. Their gruesome subject matter lends a little edge to the art of needlework, while the delicate nature of the materials lends a bit of softness to subjects that some folks would find off-putting.

Adipocere is the master of peculiar needle and thread art. While there aren’t many items up for sale at the moment on his site, be sure to follow his Instagram for the latest breathtaking designs.

 

Tinycup Needleworks also produces remarkable work. All of her pieces are one of a kind and available by commission only, so they can be hard to come by. But even if you can’t own one for yourself, you can enjoy her work on her Instagram as well.

a portrait of my sweetheart, as the patron saint of wildflowers 💐 2/6 for @asraigarden #tinycupneedleworks

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For finding something more easily attainable for your own home, Oeroeboeroe has a well-stocked Esty shop full of delightful pieces, like this bird skull surrounded by colorful flowers.

Oeroeboeroe embroidery bird skull with flowers
Oeroeboeroe’s embroidery features beautiful skeleton designs, both animal and human

 

The Etsy shop of MoonriseWhims features a lot of terrific feminist embroidery, but I was particularly drawn to this quote from Edgar Allan Poe, which sums up perfectly why I’m so drawn to the aesthetic combination of beautiful and creepy. Special bonus: her shop is located in my hometown!

MoonriseWhims embroidered Poe quote
It’s true, don’t you think? Embroidered by MoonriseWhims

The Haunted House: Dark Home Decor Picks

dark home decor items

Never underestimate the power of good home decor. Coming home to a living room or bedroom that’s an extension of your own personality can be comforting, soothing, and even revitalizing, especially after a long day.

One of my favorite items from my own home is this duvet cover designed by Sophy Tuttle. Affectionately referred to in our home as the “party crow,” the little guy on this duvet cover is just the right mix of creepy, funny and stylish. At KESS InHouse, you can buy her designs on all sorts of home decor items ranging from pillow cases to clocks.

Sophy Tuttle Kess InHouse raven duvet
Sophy Tuttle’s “Raven” duvet cover is available at KESS InHouse (and also adorns my own bed)

Pillows are a perfect way to add a touch of dark whimsy to any home, since they require little investment and can be swapped out easily. I’m currently in love with this one from Sovrin:

Sovrin pillow
Pillow by Sovrin

I’ve been a fan of all the great leggings that Sovrin designs, so I’m delighted to know that I can have their great designs dressing up my couch, too. I think this feline fellow from Black Craft Cult might be the purrrfect couch-mate (sorry, I had to do it…).

Black Craft Cult Lucifer Cat throw pillow
Black Craft Cult’s “Lucifer the Cat” throw pillow

When it came time to decorate my own home, I was delighted to find that dark-inspired wallpapers are everywhere these days. One of my favorites is this bat print from Flavor Paper:

Flavor Paper Elysian Fields bat wallpaper
Flavor Paper’s “Elysian Fields” wallpaper may look like a simple floral design at first, but there are some batty friends hiding in those plants…

Don’t be intimidated by wallpaper – if the idea of covering your walls top to bottom seems like too much, you don’t have to keep it confined to the walls! I used the Aleister print by Grow House Grow to makeover an extremely bland desk and file cabinet.

DIY desk makeover with Grow House Grow wallpaper
On the top left, an incredibly boring desk. On the bottom left, after its makeover. A matching file cabinet was an easy DIY project.

Have a favorite home decor shop (online or otherwise)? Share it in the comments below!

Our Friend Edmond: the Art of ibride

Several months back, I stumbled across Memento Mori in Los Angeles, a fantastic little shop full of dark curiosities, art and apparel. While browsing for quite a while (and furiously try to make up my mind on what to purchase, as my limited budget outweighed my desire to clean out the store of its merchandise), my eyes came across a striking gentleman…

This very well-dressed lemur is the creation of ibride, a French design studio that creates unique and slightly off kilter home decor. Edmond is from their line of wall trays. Memento Mori carried a few different designs, and it was incredible hard to choose a favorite. But Edmond ended up coming home with us and now graces my music studio.

 

ibride wall trays
Zhao the rabbit is another favorite from the collection. Note the carved pattern along the top and bottom of the tray that resembles a skull-lace pattern.

It’s not too hard to find ibride items online; Switch Modern carries several of their trays and other objects. To get really familiar with their collection, check out their site (bonus points if you speak French, because you won’t have to translate the page).

ibride art
The Lovebirds tray
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The Margot tray

 

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