Long Colorful Strands of Yarn Are Woven into Stunning Portraits

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

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Artist Katerina Marchenko continues to elevate embroidery by weaving long, colorful strands of yarn into massive portraits. Each of her pieces is made on delicate tulle, requiring a deft touch from the crafter. Seeing these human faces come to life on such a large scale is well worth the effort, especially when we are used to seeing embroidery on a much smaller canvas.

If you’re wondering how the artist achieves her remarkable results, you’re in luck because Marchenko documents her process in timelapse videos. These clips demonstrate how she ditches the needle in her life-size works, and instead relies on her hands to pass the strands of yarn through the tulle. This unique process lends itself to a very linear style, with many of these portraits resembling the loose sketchy quality of hand-drawn illustrations. In many cases, Marchenko intentionally leaves the threads falling from different points of the portrait, which gives it an expressive quality.

Aside from large portraits, Marchenko also uses her talents in other projects. When working on typical embroidery hoops, her style becomes more detailed and painterly. She captures faces, flowers, and hands among other subjects. Her interest in the human body and line art is a uniting thread in all of her works.

You can purchase original embroidery creations via Marchenko's Etsy store and keep up to date with her latest creations by following the artist on Instagram.

Artist Katerina Marchenko embroiders large-scale designs on delicate tulle.

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

She uses her hands to weave the long strands of yarn through the tool.

Her style has an expressive, sketchy quality that is similar to drawing.

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

Katerina Marchenko Embroidery Portraits

Katerina Marchenko: Etsy | Website | Instagram | Behance

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Katerina Marchenko.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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