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Embroidery

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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Artist, Sculpture

Felted Fungi (on Real Wood) That You Don’t Have to Forage For

Mushroom felt crafts by Close Call Studio

Maybe you don’t have a green thumb and all your plants even­tu­al­ly wilt. You know what? That’s okay. Because thanks to the mush­room felt crafts by Close Call Stu­dio, you can still have some­thing life-like in your home. Aman­da Adams, the illus­tra­tor and sculp­tor behind Close Call, cre­ates play­ful plants and veg­eta­bles that are an eye-catch­ing fusion of craft­ed nature with a piece of the real out­doors. She hand-sews and mounts small fun­gi, col­or­ful blooms, and prick­ly cac­ti on a slice of hand-cut wood. The result is a unique homage to nature that brings the beau­ty of the out­doors inside—but no extra care required.

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Embroidery

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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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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Embroidery

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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Embroidery

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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Embroidery

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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Embroidery

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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Embroidery

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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