Artist Nneka Jones has been busy since graduating college four months ago. She gained recognition—and rightfully so—for her portraits highlighting Black girls and women who have faced injustices. The embroidered images are powerful and use circular motifs to symbolize how the subjects are targets within our society. Jones’ latest project—the coveted cover for TIME magazine—takes another conceptual approach, this time applying it to the United States flag.
Lithuanian artist Jūra Gric captures the rich colors of the forest in her exquisite embroidery art.
Sometimes referred to as canvas work, needlepoint is a type of embroidery that dates back to the ancient Egyptians.
While many embroidery artists stitch within the confines of their hoops, Dutch fiber artist Ceren, aka Kayra Handmade, lets her textile elements cascade beyond the circular compositions. She creates 3D embroidery designs of female subjects with loose thread hair and fabric dresses that flow as if summer breezes are gently sweeping through them.
From stitched seascapes to textile portraits, many artists around the world are showcasing the endless possibilities of embroidery art.
Artist Litli Ulfur uses hand embroidery as a way to explore her connection with nature.
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to have a butterfly land on you, you probably enjoyed a brief close-up look at its beautiful colors and patterns. Catching a glimpse of these delicate insects is no easy feat, but British artist Georgie Emery creates a textile alternative to the real thing that you can look at for as long as you like.
Textile artist Fenny Suter of Suter Design & Co. creates 3D paintings you can touch.
As with many things in a creative field, having the right tools can make a big difference.
Inspired by “nature, magic, and all things fantastical,” British textile artist Emillie Ferris stitches embroidery designs featuring butterflies, moths, bees, and flowers. She first began embroidering in 2013 and has since developed a style that she calls “needle painting.” Each colorful design is rendered using long and short stitches, similar to paint strokes. The self-taught artist explains, “It is essentially like painting on a canvas, but rather than using paint, you are using thread.
Textile artist Jessica Long stitches impeccable botanical designs onto striking double hoops.
Artist Nneka Jones creates portraits highlighting women of color who have suffered injustices in the world.