Argentinian embroidery artist Sol Kesseler creates detailed portraits with colorful thread and impressive needle work. Kesseler uses a variety of techniques that work together to create a distinctive style. Often starting from pencil drawings—which are impressive in their own right—Kesseler uses fine black thread to establish outlines, leaving much of the white fabric exposed to create high contrast portraits. She then adds textured details with colored threads and a variety of stitches.
Cross-hatched thread lines create the illusion of hand-drawn shading, while heavier yarns are used to create chunky textures. Kesseler incorporates thicker, more elaborate embroidery stitches to mimic wooly facial hair, cozy knitwear, colorful florals, and mountainous landscapes. Sometimes beads are even added as pretty details that achieve even more depth of color.
Kesseler holds embroidery workshops in her studio in Argentina, where you can learn to create your own textile art. You can also purchase Kesseler’s crafty creations on her website.