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.
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.
Embroidery can take many forms, one of my favorites being tiny pendants to wear as jewelry. Artist Sarah Buckley has created a series of exquisite necklaces that feature stitched bouquets sewn on cotton and suede. The colorful, tiny hoop art hangs on antique chains that add a hand-crafted statement piece to your favorite outfit. I’m very partial to the piece above—it seems like the perfect complement to my blue and grey-loving closet.
Sarah sells these creations and other conventionally-sized embroideries in her
Etsy shop, Itty Bitty Bunnies.
Artist Karolin Reichardt crafts colorful embroideries based on her “personal observations and reactions to the built and natural environment.” These reflections are inspired by maps, plans, and models—something that’s evident in their compositions. They’re intricately detailed with small embellishments of beading and resemble cellular forms and microorganisms—which happens to be the name of her newest series. Through these pieces, she “comments on the romance and realities of scientific discovery on an intimate scale.”
If you’re looking for a great textile-themed Tumblr to follow, I’d recommend Karolin! She posts a nice mix of her own work and that of others.
These collars are ready to party! Loly Ghirardi (aka Señorita Lylo) is a Barcelona-based designer and embroiderer who created these colorful pieces. They’re full of tiny, abstract shapes that have a great visual variety—some stitches are very tactile while others are smaller and intricate. I’m especially drawn to the collar with tiny houses on it—the idea of creating a story on this unconventional space.
Loly is a graphic designer by trade. After working on the computer so much, she wanted to “bring a more ‘human touch'” to her projects and incorporated embroidery. She enjoyed it so much that she began working on the types of pieces featured here. Learn more about her in an interview with Poppytalk.
Teresa Lim creates embroideries that are simultaneously lush—full of color and texture—while also mimicking the look of a sketch. Teresa makes detailed portraits with thin, black thread, and surrounds them dreamy blues, pinks, yellows, and greens. Together, they’re a compelling juxtaposition, with a nice compositional balance between visually light and heavy.
It’s not hard to see where Teresa’s interests lie: illustration, embroidery and surface pattern design. Through her work, she wants to “blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer.” It’s a good place to be.
While perusing Catherine Campbell’s Instagram the other day—I told you, I can’t get enough of IG— I found that in addition to being an illustrator, she’s an embroiderer, too! Typically, Catherine works with pen, ink, and watercolor, but a small selections of her works are made with fabric. She approaches these textiles in a similar way, saying they “are very much like drawings that are made with needle and thread.” The results include chain stitching and appliqué in small banner pins and wall hangings. In addition, Catherine adds pompoms and ribbons, giving these works a celebratory and ceremonial feel.
These embroideries aren’t Catherine’s most recent work, but it looks like she’s finding time for the craft again. Stay tuned!
Embroidery is all over the place right now, and I’m so happy about it—I love the craft. This includes practicing it! I find embroidery very relaxing because it’s so repetitive and meticulous. You can zone out and watch your favorite television show and just ~unwind~ from the stresses of day-to-day life.
But, what if you don’t know how to embroider? That’s okay, because Kiriki Press will teach you how! They pair embroidery with contemporary illustration, producing these adorable DIY kits that will teach you basic, intermediate, and advanced stitches that you apply to animals like hedgehogs, foxes, pandas, and more. Everything is included, from the fabric to thread to scissors. One stop shopping. How fun!
See everything they have to offer in their popular Etsy shop.
I first shared this on my 7 Weekly Illustrated Product Obsessions. Look for that every Friday to see what delightful wares I want to own.
Beautiful blooms are the focal point of a lot of embroidery. The colorful threads showcase petal after petal, but what about the green leaves—their support system—that accompany them? You don’t see these as often, except in Sew & Saunders’ embroidery, where leaves are at the center of the hoop. The brainchild of Jo Fagents, she stitches a variety of greenery, from broad leaves to tiny buds. She frames these works in light-colored wood, which creates a exquisite yet understated homage to nature.
Jo has an Etsy shop where she sells her work—including stitched text, too.