Illusionistic Bird Embroideries Look Like the Creatures Are Perched on a Cage

Bird Embroidery by Beth Carroll

It may look like birds have landed on Beth Carroll‘s embroidery hoops, but they are actually hand-stitched creations. The Australian-born and Ireland-based artist captures different species of colorful birds the moment they have landed for rest. She makes these depictions all the more captivating by embroidering a tail that extends past the hoop's border.

A lifelong lover of birds, Carroll turned to them as a creative muse when the COVID-19 pandemic started. “I sought solace in my family and nature, enjoying the little birds hopping around,” she tells My Modern Met. “[During this time], I envisaged a robin embroidered on tulle standing on a real stick and was determined to bring it life.” This first piece was the impetus for more experimentation with techniques and supplies.

While some of her bird art features subjects atop a real stick or barbed wire, others showcase the winged creature perched on the embroidery hoop itself. Carroll uses a special approach to do this called stumpwork, using wired slips and tulle fabric. “First, I stitch the bird in a big hoop or move the tule inside the hoop so I can use it for support,” she says. “Once I have completed the tail, I carefully trim the tulle to the edge of the embroidery and then finish the edges.” The results look as though the bird is sitting on the edge of a cage.

You can purchase original art from Carroll via her online store, and keep up to date with her latest projects by following her on Instagram. If you want to support the artist's creative practice, you can also become a patron on Patreon and receive a custom bird pin.

Ireland-based artist Beth Carroll creates exquisite bird embroidery.

Bird Embroidery by Beth Carroll

She stitches colorful birds whose tails extend past the boundary of the hoop.

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As a result, these feathered subjects look real from afar.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Beth Carroll.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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