In times of social distancing (or physical distancing), it can be a struggle to stay entertained when confined to the comfort of your home. After all, there’s only so much TV you can binge-watch before you utter the words you’d never thought you’d say: “I don’t feel like watching Netflix anymore.” To beat your cabin fever, we’ve found a bevy of indoor activities that are perfect for the creatively minded.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, remembering to find time to relax can be tough.
Learning a new skill can be daunting, but embroidery artist Michelle Staub (of Stitching Sabbatical)
It’s now easier than ever to spark your creativity through arts and crafts. You can take online classes on nearly any subject and wade through countless inspiring blogs. But if you’re looking for a tactile way to learn and enjoy a new skill, try a DIY kit. They come in nearly every craft and are convenient—many all-inclusive packs have everything you need to get started.
More and more, contemporary embroiderers are pushing the boundaries of the age-old craft to produce unique hand-stitched pieces.
Canadian artist Hannah Kwasnycia hand stitches abstract embroidery hoops inspired by nature.
Contemporary embroiderers have revitalized an age-old craft with their exceptional hand-stitched art. And some, like Yuliya Kucherenko, are not only pushing the boundaries, but they’re breaking free of literal boundaries. Her aquatic-inspired embroidery depicts colorful jellyfish whose long tendrils drift off of the hoop. To depict the buoyancy of the gelatinous jellyfish, Kucherenko uses a variety of embroidery techniques, including thread painting, needle felting, and beading.
Inspired by nature, Russian artist Alexandra Goltsova (of Mart Bag)
Embroidery artist Maria of Desert Eclipse Studio commemorates the joy of stargazing in her series of tactile hoop art.
Recently, there has been a resurgence in the age-old craft of hand embroidery. Artists across the internet have picked up the trade and shared their unique interpretations, including art history-inspired brooches, English landscapes, and 3D portraits. Among them is contemporary artist Sarah K. Benning, whose hand-stitched creations are as vibrant as they are detailed. Based in New Hampshire, Benning was trained in fine art before discovering a passion for embroidery.
Embroidery artist Ira Pashkevych translates some of the most famous works of art history into tiny textiles you can hold...
Inspired by traditional embroidery techniques, more and more contemporary textile artists are pushing the boundaries of the craft to create...