Cross-stitch is a fun and relaxing craft. But like all types of embroidery, you have to practice in order to get better. The only way to do that is to sew! Patterns are the easiest way to do this, as someone has already figured out where the color and stitches are going to go.
Think of embroidery as a big umbrella.
Artists have long been inspired by the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.
An ultrasound photo is one of the first keepsakes that someone has after finding out they're pregnant. Many people might choose to frame these photos, but for some craft-loving folks, they commemorate this special picture with embroidery. Embroidery artist Yulia Sherbak, aka Moss and Feather, creates small hoop art featuring ultrasound photos meticulously stitched on black fabric. The resulting custom pieces are a special keepsake to remember this extraordinary time.
Receiving a fresh floral bouquet is nice, but sometimes you want something a bit more unique and long-lasting.
No matter what kind of embroidery you’re stitching, chances are that you are doing it in an embroidery hoop.
At first glance, this dramatic scene of a kingfisher bird diving into the water could be mistaken for a photograph. But, look again. It's all created using thread. The incredible image is the work of the embroiderers at XQ Vietnam, a group of stitchers who create amazingly realistic works with just a needle and floss.
Getting into embroidery can seem a bit intimidating at first.
The Earth is a constant source of inspiration for artists.
Artist Katrin Vates evokes the lushness of the great outdoors through embroidery. Her meticulously detailed landscapes depict tall trees and hidden houses via tiny stitches. They evoke the beauty and wonder you feel when walking through the woods; that the landscape is vast but is full of small moments like a leaf floating towards the ground. Vates became interested in embroidery as a way to decorate things in her home.
With their delicate forms and iridescent colors, insects make the perfect subjects for arts and crafts projects.
Artists and crafters around the world have been using the humble needle and thread for centuries.