Inspired by flora, fauna, and Victorian shadow puppets, Kate Appleby creates delightful hoop art that combines a variety of stitching techniques. From the basic backstitch to French knots, she illustrates birds with fowl mouths (pun intended) and hands with sprawling leaf tattoos. The embroidery airs towards the side of minimalism, but Kate has an excellent sense of composition and balance that’s informed by her back ground in graphic design.
Kate is self-taught in embroidery and uses it as an outlet for her “passion for textiles and design.” She writes, “I love the simplicity and rawness of using my hands to create; the time spent stitching calms my busy mind and is very peaceful.” I feel you, Kate.
Kate sells her embroidery through her Etsy shop, Tusk + Twine.