Stitchy Friday is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeavor between an embroiderer mother and her illustrator daughter, Marijke Buurlage; Marijke creates the colorful, stylized images and then her mother translates the flattened shapes into stitched form. Their Instagram, @stitchyfriday, is updated at the end of each week with their progress and finished pieces.
As wonderful as Marijke’s illustrations are, her mother’s handiwork is also admirable. I love the lush texture and the mixing of threads—they add dimension and bring 2D to life. After seeing this sweet collaboration, it makes me want to plan a creative project with my own mom! Don’t you?
For months, I’ve been eagerly awaiting for those special moments when Valeria Molinari (a former grad school cohort!) updates her Instagram with embroidered typography. The playful pieces depict sayings such as “Girl Gang,” “Trust Your Gut,” and “Boss Lady,” in beautiful mashups of color and texture.
“Most of my work is inspired by my activism and the love for play on words, or just simple phrases that make my day,” she says. “Each of these pieces is made to create an inspirational, productive and whimsical environment.”
Valeria sells her embroideries through Etsy.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.