Crafts

July 22, 2020

Embroidered Brooches Look Like Real Butterflies Perched on Your Jacket

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.

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June 30, 2020

Embroidery Artist Stitches Colorful Insects and Flowers With Painterly Detail

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.

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June 19, 2020

Powerful Embroidered Portraits Shine Light on Targeted Women of Color [Interview]

Artist Nneka Jones creates portraits highlighting women of color who have suffered injustices in the world. Some abuses are overt while others are ingrained in the fabric of our society and therefore often go overlooked. But to the people in her mixed media and embroidered portraits, the effects are traumatic. The Black women and girls depicted in Jones’ work are victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

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May 16, 2020

11 Must-Have Embroidery Supplies to Buy If You’re Going to Start Stitching

One of the best things about embroidery is that it doesn't take much to get started. With just some basic and inexpensive supplies, you can begin stitching a variety of projects. And depending on your level of craftiness, you might already have a needle and thread on hand! The longer you embroider, the more you’ll realize that there are many supplies that, while not required for stitching, make the craft easier and more enjoyable.

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