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Empowering Embroideries Transform ‘Big Swinging Ovaries’ into Colorful Designs

Empowering embroidery by Jess de Wahls

Some peo­ple might get shy when talk­ing about our bod­ies, but not embroi­dery artist Jess de Wahls. Her ongo­ing series called Big Swing­ing Ovaries fea­tures the repro­duc­tive organ styl­ized and turned into a motif rep­re­sent­ing female strength and empow­er­ment. As hoop art, the shape of the ovaries are the cen­ter­piece, and they act as chameleons. Cloaked in a vari­ety of sub­ject matter—including Fri­da Kahlo, cats, and cacti—the organ has a mind of its own. Some­times, Jess even gives them eyes or oth­er facial expres­sion. But regard­less of the sub­ject mat­ter, each piece is done in a Jess’ gor­geous, max­i­mal­ist style that cov­ers much of the sur­face in bright col­ors and tex­tures.

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Embroidery, Painting

Together, Embroidery and Painting Create Unique Snapshots of Travels Abroad

Mixed media embroidery by Libby Williams

Innsbruck, Austria

Embroi­der­er and artist Lib­by Williams uses a com­bi­na­tion of stitch­ing and paint­ing to cre­ate unique trav­el por­traits of the places she’s been. “I’m from the U.S. but have been liv­ing in Lux­em­bourg for the past year and a half,” she tells me in an email. “I like to work back and forth between abstrac­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, always tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from the land­scape.”

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Embroidery, Illustrated products

Stylish Embroidered Boots Add a Folk-Inspired Touch to Your Everyday Attire

Embroidered boots by Boden

It’s no secret that I love embroi­dery—and that espe­cial­ly extends to cloth­ing. Last week, I shared the col­lab­o­ra­tion between Rifle Paper Co. and Keds, which includ­ed, among oth­er styles, a pair of stitched sneak­ers. They’re great for the warmer weath­er months, but Boden is ready to take you into the fall and win­ter with their set of suede folk-inspired embroi­dered boots and flats.

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Embroidery

Tiny Embroidered Flowers Burst into Spontaneous Arrangements

Tiny embroidery by Happy Cactus

This week, I’ve been enam­ored with art­work and illus­tra­tions where small ele­ments make up a spec­tac­u­lar whole. On Tues­day, I shared the metic­u­lous cut paper work of Mar­garet Scrin­kl, who uses a com­bi­na­tion of scis­sors and an X-ACTO knife to achieve fine details. Bran­non Addi­son of Hap­py Cac­tus Designs does the same thing with a nee­dle and thread. Her tiny embroi­dery fea­tures a host of beau­ti­ful blooms, from five petal plants to leafy ferns. After fin­ish­ing a piece, Bran­non usu­al­ly frames it.

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Embroidery

Sun-Soaked Floral Embroideries Embrace the Slower Side of Life

Floral embroideries by Slow Stitch Sophie

If you’ve ever tried embroi­dery, you know how method­i­cal the prac­tice is. It teach­es patience; you’ve got to take it stitch by stitch, because there’s no great short­cuts when it comes to embroi­der­ing by hand. Embrac­ing this fact is Slow Stitch Sophie, a Van­cou­ver-based crafter who wowed me last year with her “fields” of beau­ti­ful flo­ral embroi­deries. Since then, she’s con­tin­ued her prac­tice of cre­at­ing intri­cate com­po­si­tions that resem­ble sun-soaked land­scapes.

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Embroidery

Embroideries Appear to Be Created With a Brush Rather Than Needle and Thread

Lauren Singleton floral and text embroidery

When I first came upon the embroi­deries of Lau­ren Sin­gle­ton, aka YesStitchYes, my imme­di­ate thought was, “They look painter­ly!” Her style, with elon­gat­ed leaves and petals, remind me of grace­ful brush strokes rather than lines poked with a nee­dle. Paired with script-style text, this hoop art has a breezy, care­free style to it—one I don’t often see in embroi­dery.

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Embroidery

Intricate Embroidered Illustrations Offer a Playful Twist on Intimate Apparel

Embroidered bralette by Birds & Beestings

Bralettes are en vogue, and I am here for it. One of my favorite iter­a­tions of this trend is the embroi­dered bralette, which com­bines intri­cate stitch­ing with del­i­cate, sheer fab­rics. Emi­ly Parkin­son of Birds & Beestings has an illus­tra­tive take on this type of inti­mate. She stitch­es entire scenes that extend across the chest. Her small but strik­ing col­lec­tion fea­tures embroi­dered prick­ly cac­ti (pre­vi­ous­ly), spot­ted fun­gi, jade snakes, and the art of Hen­ri Rousseau.

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