Embroidery artist Chloe Giordano crafts stunningly sewn hoop art at an impossibly small scale. After first marveling at her embroidered animals last year, she’s back with even more meticulously stitched woodland creatures. Some of them are no larger than a thimble.
Using subtle color changes and countless passes of the satin stitch, Giordano mimics the look of fur on hopping rabbits, sleepy squirrels, and scurrying mice. While embroidered animals continue to be the main focus of her work, she has recently branched out with her subject matter. Some of her newest pieces include architecture and typography. They're handled in the same way as her animals—with an incredible attention to detail. Often, these stitches are bundled together so closely that they more resemble a smooth stroke of paint. It's only when you get close do you see the tiny, well-placed threads.
If you’re a beginning embroiderer or just curious about how Giordano creates her work, you’re in luck. She’s forthcoming with her process and regularly answers questions on Tumblr. But if this isn’t something you want to try at home, Giordano also sells some of her embroideries on Etsy.