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Embroidery, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Embroidery Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best embroidery artists to follow on Instagram

Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I’ve shared inspir­ing illus­tra­tors and some of the best sketch­books to fol­low on Insta­gram. Con­tin­u­ing this tour of my favorite feeds, here are 11 embroi­dery artists who fill my time­line with beau­ti­ful stitch­ing.

The cho­sen embroi­der­ers will make you a bet­ter stitch­er by fol­low­ing them. From beau­ti­ful inte­ri­or scenes to abstract bead­ing, they both inspire and show­case tech­niques that you’ll want to try. And, if you’re look­ing for more spe­cif­ic advice, Eliz­a­beth Pawle some­times does a Q & A in her posts.
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Embroidery, Illustrated products

Charming Embroidery Patterns Highlight the Collaborative Nature of the Craft

Modern embroidery patterns by Thread Folk and Lauren Merrick

Whether you real­ize it or not, col­lab­o­ra­tion is inher­ent in embroi­dery. To begin, an embroi­dery artist will cre­ate a design and make it into a pat­tern for oth­ers to com­plete as they wish. Col­or choic­es, for instance, can change based on the whims of that par­tic­u­lar stitch­er. Lib­by Moore of Thread Folk takes this col­lab­o­ra­tion idea a step fur­ther with her mod­ern embroi­dery pat­terns. In her charm­ing Artist Series, she trans­lates an illustrator’s work into some­thing that any­one can com­plete with a nee­dle and thread.

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Charming Bicycle Embroideries Have Beautiful Blooms Spilling from Their Baskets

Bicycle Embroidery

I don’t have a car, so rid­ing the local bike share is one of the ways I get around. But, I can guar­an­tee that my rides are not near­ly as whim­si­cal as the bicy­cle embroi­dery by Walk­er Boyes of True­Fort. Called the Velo Series, it fea­tures hand-stitched bikes that are dec­o­rat­ed with col­or­ful blooms. They rep­re­sent a fan­ta­sy, like some­thing out of a movie—carefree week­end excur­sions to the farmer’s mar­ket that over­flow with a boun­ty of fresh flow­ers.

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Embroidered Denim Jacket has a 3D Floral Crown Stitched on It

Denim Jacket Embroidery by Ezgi Pamir

Ezgi Pamir (pre­vi­ous­ly) has recent­ly cre­at­ed a den­im jack­et embroi­dery that’s a snap­shot of con­tem­po­rary pop cul­ture. The large por­trait adorns the back of the gar­ment, and it fea­tures a woman wear­ing a flo­ral crown with a bub­ble of one Insta­gram “Likes” next to her. As with Ezgi’s pre­vi­ous embroi­deries, she incor­po­rates real objects—in this case, it’s a love­ly selec­tion of blooms.

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Colorful Embroideries Are a Visual ‘Pick-Me-Up’ for a Drab Day

Colorful embroidery by Kelly Ryan

If you’re look­ing for col­or­ful embroi­dery to bright­en your day, then look no fur­ther than Kel­ly Ryan. The Albany-based embroi­der­er cre­ates vibrant hoop art that’s a hap­py col­li­sion of pat­terns and tex­ture. Some­times, Kel­ly is fig­u­ra­tive with her work and embroi­ders plants. Most of the time, how­ev­er, she stitch­es abstract imagery with nature-inspired shapes like leaves that are clad in the likes of magen­ta, cerulean, and lime green.

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Black Fabric Sets a Spectacular Stage for Colorful Embroidered Hoop Art

Embroidered hoop art by Tusk and Cardinal

When it comes to hoop art, light-col­ored fab­rics are a pop­u­lar choice to embroi­der on. But, don’t over­look dark cloth. As Lind­say Swearin­gen demon­strates, it too can cre­ate beau­ti­ful pieces. Under the moniker Tusk and Car­di­nal, the Cal­i­forn­ian sews nature-inspired pieces that show­case, most notably, flow­ers and hands on a black back­ground. The con­trast makes her designs pop, and I love the tat­too aes­thet­ic that she has in some of her pieces. The crea­tures, in par­tic­u­lar, have the dis­tinct feel­ing of black­work-style body art.

Follow along with Lindsay’s hoop art on Instagram. And for her embroidered goods, head to the Tusk and Cardinal Etsy shop.

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#TBT | Vintage Embroidery by Mariska Karasz That Looks Strikingly Modern

Mariska Karasz vintage embroidery from the 1940s

Let’s #TBT with a tex­tile artist whose illus­tra­tive approach to the medi­um is both influ­en­tial and strik­ing­ly mod­ern. Mariska Karasz was a Hun­gar­i­an-Amer­i­can design­er and tex­tile artist who got her start design­ing cloth­ing in the 1920s and 1930s. Her approach to fash­ion sounds like some­thing I’d wear today; gar­ments incor­po­rat­ed tra­di­tion­al Hun­gar­i­an embroi­dery and appliques that were “sim­i­lar to Hen­ti Matisse’s cutouts” and uti­lized bold, abstract­ed shapes.

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Needle Felted Llamas Carry Beautiful Embroidered Blooms on Their Back

Fuzzy and Flora needle felted llamas

Becky of Fuzzy and Flo­ra hasn’t even opened up shop yet, but I’m excit­ed about her hoop art. It revolves around lla­mas and alpacas! I love alpacas, and I have more than a few fig­urines sit­ting on my shelf that pay trib­ute to this mem­ber of the camel fam­i­ly. Becky’s homage uses nee­dle felt­ing to depict their fluff and embroi­dery to show­case beau­ti­ful blooms that they car­ry on their backs. I love the com­bi­na­tion of tex­ture between the smooth thread and felt­ing fibers. As the two oppo­sites com­ple­ment each oth­er, they togeth­er cre­ate a visu­al feast for the eyes.

UPDATE: The Fuzzy and Flora shop is open!

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1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery

1 Year of Stitches Recap | 10 Embroideries from February

1 year of stitches, Sara Barnes

I know it’s so cliche, but time real­ly has been fly­ing with the 1 Year of Stitch­es project. Month two is now a wrap! (Won­der­ing what I’m talk­ing about? Read more here.) As I look in the Face­book group and on the Insta­gram hash­tag, I’m blown away by all of the amaz­ing embroi­dery that’s in the works. Some folks have tak­en a fig­u­ra­tive approach to their hoop and embroi­dered small scenes, while oth­ers cre­ate abstract com­po­si­tions with thread.

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Contemporary Hoop Art of People, Plants, and Beautiful Interior Spaces

Sarah K. Benning embroidery hoop art

It seems for­ev­er ago when I first fea­tured the embroi­dery hoop art of Sarah K. Ben­ning (it was 2015!). Since then, the nomadic con­tem­po­rary embroi­der­er has cre­at­ed a myr­i­ad of oth­er works, all of which revolve around peo­ple, plants, and inte­ri­ors. She’s also host­ed work­shops and par­tic­i­pat­ed in gallery shows, in addi­tion to cre­at­ing a pop­u­lar pat­tern pro­gram; known as #SKBDIY, each month she intro­duces a new DIY pat­tern that’s avail­able on Etsy.

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