September 21, 2020

Beautiful Double-Sided Hand-Stitched Silk Fans Made by Traditional Embroiderers in Rural China

The traditional art of Chinese silk embroidery goes back 2,500 years, but the craft still lives on today. Pei Wen—an arts administrator based in Singapore—aims to support the female embroiderers in rural China who still practice the ancient craft. She founded House of Peach Blossoms, an online art shop that showcases the talents of the women who make beautiful silk fans. Featuring hand-stitched, nature-inspired motifs of symbolic significance, each fan beautifully captures traditional Chinese culture.

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August 22, 2020

What Is Needlepoint? Learn the Basics to Begin the Craft

Sometimes referred to as canvas work, needlepoint is a type of embroidery that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Traditionally done by stitching wool yarn through a stiff even weave canvas, the craft these days uses different types of thread—from silk and cotton yarns to ribbons and metallic cords—to create different textures.

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July 28, 2020

Meticulously Stitched Embroideries Look Just Like Mossy Forest Floors

Artist Litli Ulfur uses hand embroidery as a way to explore her connection with nature. She stitches abstract landscapes made up of leafy forests and lush moss that beckons the viewer to look closer and immerse themselves in the mesmerizing textures. The textile artist begins each piece by quieting her mind and allowing herself to be one with nature. Ulfur tries to feel the different forces at work, including scent, color, texture, sound, and taste.

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July 6, 2020

6 of the Best Pairs of Embroidery Scissors That Avid Stitchers Love to Use

As with many things in a creative field, having the right tools can make a big difference. If you’re an avid embroiderer, there are a variety of must-have supplies that will help your stitching projects become a success. But an often-overlooked tool of embroidery is one of the most important—scissors.   Why Care About Embroidery Scissors? Your scissor selection might seem inconsequential, but having a sharp pair of small shears is an easy embroidery hack.

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