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Embroideries Transform Ordinary Clothes into Wearable Works of Art

Ellie Mac embroidery

Photo credit: @mercedesmac

Another week, another embroidery artist! Similar to Tessa Perlow‘s bold upcycled garments, Ellie Mac adorns jackets and sweatshirts with beautiful florals, leaves, and graceful winged creatures. Sometimes, she stitches directly onto clothing, while other pieces include patches that are affixed to fabric.

My favorite thing about Ellie’s pieces is her use of iridescent thread. It catches the eye, adding some unexpected glitz to the designs.

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Photo credit: @off____white

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Textiles

Upcycled Clothing Given New Life with Large, Tactile Embroideries

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Tessa Perlow embroiders garments with bold flowers, turning ordinary tank tops and t-shirts into something spectacular. The up-cycled fashions are in keeping with the long tradition of cultures who adorn their clothing with decorative stitches. These pieces recall hints of beautiful Oaxaca dresses, but with a modern twist as blooms freely flow down and across the body.

You can buy Tessa’s handiwork in her Etsy shop. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress!

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroideries by Tessa Perlow

Textiles

Colorful Embroidered Pet Portraits Celebrate Our Furry Friends

Pet portrait by Marigold + Mars

Since I last featured the work of Cristin Morgan, aka Marigold + Mars, she’s been busy stitching up more colorful goodness. Although she’s still focusing on beautiful blooms and embroidered text, Cristin has entered another realm of stitching: pet portraits!

The detailed hoop art features mostly canines as they’re surrounded by stars, florals, and their own names. From the looks of her Instagram, it seems that this sort of imagery is new for Cristin, but one that I hope she continues. They’re delightful.

Pet portrait by Marigold + Mars

Pet portrait by Marigold + Mars

Pet portrait by Marigold + Mars

Pet portrait by Marigold + Mars

Pet portrait by Marigold + Mars

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Illustrated products, Textiles

Quirky Collars Turn Ordinary Outfits Into Wearable Works of Art

Vivetta collar

The right collar can make or break an outfit. Think about it—how many times have you judged a shirt or jacket based on its cute (or wonky) collar? I know I’ve passed by certain pieces. That’s why I like illustrative collars so much—they add some fun pizzaz to an otherwise plain outfit. Vivetta is one designer who is slaying this realm by creating playful statement collars. They’re adorned to look like a freshly-painted manicure, flower garden, abstract face, and more. The quirky designs transcend your average detachable collar and are wearable works of art.

Some of Vivetta’s collars are available to purchase through Lyst.

Vivetta collar

Vivetta collar

Vivetta collar

Vivetta collar

Vivetta collar

Vivetta collar

Vivetta collar

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Illustrated products, Textiles

Hand Embroidered Lingerie for When You’re Feeling Yourself

FKRS Lingerie

Señorita Lylo has inspired me to spruce up my ordinary collars, and now FRKS Lingerie is doing the same with bras and underwear. The Hungary-based brand, the brainchild of Zsófia Farkas, stitches flowers and animals onto delicate fabrics with neon-colored threads. With sexy cuts and revealing silhouettes, they’re both an homage to the craft as well as our bodies.

FRKS Lingerie is for sale on Etsy.

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

FKRS Lingerie

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Illustrated products, Textiles

Embroidered Collar Pins Add Tiny Handcrafted Flair to Your Everyday Attire

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

I wear a lot of solid colors. I’m never too crazy with my patterning—instead, I prefer to accessorize with illustrative wares like enamel pins and statement necklaces. They’re visually interesting but don’t draw too much attention—critical for my introverted self. İrem Yazıcı of Baobap creates this type of wearable art, embroidered tiny collar pins with flowers, animals, and outer space. The designs look great against chambray or neutral-colored fabrics, but I could see them looking fantastic with some pattern mixing—if you’re brave enough.

Find your own set of handcrafted pins in the Baobap Etsy shop.

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

Embroidered collar pins by Baobap

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Textiles

A Majestic 3D Crest Banner with Musical Octopi

Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

I recently ordered some felt to make a crest banner. As I wait to get started, I’ve been inspired by Hine Mizushima’s recently-completed piece, The Royal Aquarium Souvenir Shop. This impressive pennant features a mixture of 2D and 3D elements, complete musical octopi and a creature crest. It’s colorful, tactile, and completely handmade—what a regal way to honor a place (imaginary or otherwise)!

Check out some of Hine’s work-in-progress shots, below.

Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

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Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

Hine Mizushima Crest Banner

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Textiles

Lisa Smirnova Recreates ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ with Embroidery

'Where the Wild Things Are' embroidery by Lisa Smirnova

Another day, another spectacular embroidery! This time, I’m switching gears from abstract hoop art to stitched portraiture. Lisa Smirnova is an artist whose textiles are no stranger to this blog. She’s recently released a fantastic tribute to the Maurice Sendak’s classic story, Where the Wild Things Are, depicting Max in his magnificent costume.  Like Max’s ensemble, Lisa’s piece is mesmerizing—a mixture of paint, quilting, and Impressionist-style stitching. Enjoy the details, ya’ll.

'Where the Wild Things Are' embroidery by Lisa Smirnova

'Where the Wild Things Are' embroidery by Lisa Smirnova

'Where the Wild Things Are' embroidery by Lisa Smirnova

'Where the Wild Things Are' embroidery by Lisa Smirnova

'Where the Wild Things Are' embroidery by Lisa Smirnova

Textiles

Intricate Embroideries Pay Homage to the Beauty of Moss

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

I love brightly-colored blooms as much as the next person, but the greens of the forest are equally as pretty. Especially moss—did you know there’s over 12,000 species of this flowerless plant? What variation! How amazing! Emma Mattson pays homage to this organism with a collection of intricate embroideries. Using a variety of textures and shades of green, she creates sculptural hoop art that features a ton of my favorite stitch, the French knot. I love how these pieces look together—hang them all in a group and it’s like you’ve got your own little forest!

Emma sells her embroidery on Etsy… though they don’t last long. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress and upcoming sales.

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

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Textiles

Exquisite Vegetable Embroideries Think Outside of the Hoop

Little Herb Bouquet

You know the saying think outside the box? Well, Veselka Bulkan, aka Little Herb Bouquet, thinks outside the embroidery hoop with her exquisite vegetable art. Combing traditional stitches with felting, she creates tiny carrots, radishes, and onions that dangle the edge of their wooden circle. I love how subtle and peculiar these creations are—it takes you a second to notice the felting because you aren’t expecting it and assume everything is contained in the hoop. Not the case!

Veselka sells these creations on Etsy.

Little Herb Bouquet

Little Herb Bouquet

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Little Herb Bouquet

Little Herb Bouquet

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