British Artist Stitches 3D ‘Embroidered Edibles’ That Look Real Enough To Eat

3D Punch Needle Embroidery Food by Youmeng Liu

Artists and crafters around the world have been using the humble needle and thread for centuries. Embroidery is an ancient art, but today’s artists are keeping the textile technique alive in their own unique ways. British embroidery artist Youmeng Liu is one creative who’s pushing the boundaries of the craft. She creates food-inspired 3D embroidery designs that look real enough to eat.

Liu has embarked on a mission to craft 301 “Embroidered Edibles” using her newly developed 3D punch needle technique. Using a bespoke needle, she pushes the colored thread into the base fabric to slowly build up the three-dimensional textile ingredient. She then uses scissors to artistically trim and sculpt the final forms. From sausages and bacon to broccoli and watermelon, Liu is able to craft any food item with hyperrealistic texture and color. Even her textile toast looks perfectly golden brown.

Liu grew up in South West China, but since living in London, she’s clearly developed an appreciation for British food. Many of her embroidery designs depict UK classics, such as Yorkshire puddings, baked beans, and even a full English fry. Scrolling through her impressive portfolio is sure to make you hungry!

Check out some of Liu’s Embroidered Edibles below and follow her on Instagram for more. As of writing, she’s completed 19 out of 301 designs, so there’s still plenty of delightful designs to see in the future.

British embroidery artist Youmeng Liu creates food-inspired 3D embroidery designs that look real enough to eat.

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She's embarked on a mission to craft 301 “Embroidered Edibles” using her newly developed 3D punch needle technique.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Youmeng Liu.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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