Embroidery Artist Puts a Twist on Her Hoop Art by Stitching Fabric Photographs

Embroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor Giebels

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There are endless creative possibilities with embroidery—it's not just a needle and thread. Floor Giebels, aka Full Metal Needle, is one artist who goes beyond the traditions of the craft by incorporating photography into her hoop art. Her pieces feature figures with their backs turned towards the camera, looking out at picturesque landscapes. Areas including the ocean, grassy fields, and forests remain as printed images while the characters are enhanced with stitching.

A key element of Giebels’ stitching is her subjects’ hair. This is where she uses the fuzziness of the thread to her advantage. Giebels employs the thread painting technique to convey the shadows and highlights on a braided coif or long loose hairstyle. Placing certain hues side-by-side creates a realistic effect that complements the photography it’s stitched on. The results are a unique form of mixed media art.

If you’d like to learn to stitch like Giebels, now is your opportunity on My Modern Met Academy, our e-learning platform with online courses in a variety of creative subjects. Her class is called Intermediate Embroidery: Getting Creative with Printed Fabrics. You’ll take your embroidery to new heights using printed fabric while learning how to embroider hair and clothing.

“I created this course to show students in an easy step-by-step way how they can combine embroidery with printed fabric,” she says of her class. “I love helping other embroidery artists strengthen their skills and learn new things. I really enjoy working with printed fabrics and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks.”

Floor Giebels, aka Full Metal Needle, is one artist who goes beyond embroidery traditions by incorporating photography into her hoop art.

Embroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor Giebels

Her pieces feature figures with their backs turned towards the camera, looking out at picturesque landscapes.

Embroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor Giebels

Areas including the ocean, grassy fields, and forests remain as printed images while the characters are enhanced with stitching.

Embroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor Giebels

You can learn to stitch like Giebels in her online course on My Modern Met Academy called Intermediate Embroidery: Getting Creative with Printed Fabrics.

Embroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on Printed Fabric by Floor Giebels

Here's a peek into the class:

Floor Giebels: Website | Instagram | Etsy

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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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