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Embroidered Animal Portraits Crafted with Meticulous Impressionist-Style Stitches

Inspired by creatures both large and small, artist Emillie Ferris embroiders their delicate portraits onto fabric. The gorgeous hoop art features detailed depictions of birds, insects, foxes, deer, and more, realistically rendered in thread. Using a meticulous approach, Ferris' tiny, multi-colored stitches mimic Impressionist-style brush strokes that visually blend together and produce a fully-realized form.

Every finished embroidery is encased in a wood hoop, which doubles as both a frame and a way to honor the animal subjects. They appear regal and composed despite being wild animals. Although these types of creatures are a large part of Ferris' work, she also takes on commissions–specifically, pet portraits. You can have your favorite canine, feline, or even hedgehog recreated in embroidery. All of Ferris' embroidered creations are available through her Etsy shop.

Emillie Ferris: Instagram | Etsy
via [Culture and Lifestyle]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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