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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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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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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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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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Embroidery, Illustration, Paper Craft, The Color Series

The Color Series | 20 Artworks That Cloak Their Compositions in Blue

Blue illustrations

You can’t under­state the impor­tance of color—especially in art. It wields its pow­er in all sorts of ways, from set­ting the mood to giv­ing us impor­tant visu­al clues. Over the next sev­er­al weeks, I’ll share a selec­tion of illus­tra­tion, paper craft, and embroi­dery that over­whelm­ing­ly uses one hue in its com­po­si­tion. Called The Col­or Series, first up are blue illus­tra­tions.

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Botanical Embroideries Transform Thrifted Garments into Coveted Clothing

Embroidered clothing by Sam Eldridge

Embroi­der­er Sam Eldridge stitch­es jun­gles, gar­dens, and flo­ral bou­quets on thrift­ed gar­ments. The col­or­ful cre­ations breath new life into these sec­ond-hand pieces and give them a fresh feel by trans­form­ing them into one of a kind pieces. Her embroi­dered cloth­ing fol­lows a long tra­di­tion of repair­ing a gar­ment rather than out­right dis­pos­al. Long ago, before the atom­iza­tion of the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion, peo­ple would mend their cloth­ing over and over again, because each piece was so expen­sive to make in the first place. That’s not real­ly a con­cern today, of course, but Sam is engag­ing in the same idea—create a new twist on some­thing old and extend its life for the wear­er.

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Colorful Fish Float on Fabric, Transforming the Embroidery Hoop into a Fish Bowl

Fish embroidery on tulle

Embroi­der­ing on tulle seems like a chal­lenge. It’s more del­i­cate than your tra­di­tion­al cotton—making it less for­giv­ing than oth­er fab­rics. But when done well, the effect is mes­mer­iz­ing. We’ve seen how tulle and flow­ers can frame the world in beau­ti­ful bou­quets. And with work of Kate­ri­na Marchenko, the hoop is like an aquar­i­um; her col­or­ful fish embroi­dery seem­ing­ly floats on the gauzy sur­face. Con­fined to their cir­cu­lar frame, it’s like an old fash­ioned fish bowl. Kate­ri­na stitch­es more than fish, how­ev­er, bring­ing whales into the mix. But don’t wor­ry about them—they are lat­er freed from the hoop and adorn her styl­ish cloth­ing.
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