Embroidery Artist Mimics Lush Forest Landscapes Through Brilliant Stitching Techniques

Embroidered Landscape by Katrin Vates

Artist Katrin Vates evokes the lushness of the great outdoors through embroidery. Her meticulously detailed landscapes depict tall trees and hidden houses via tiny stitches. They evoke the beauty and wonder you feel when walking through the woods; that the landscape is vast but is full of small moments like a leaf floating towards the ground.

Vates became interested in embroidery as a way to decorate things in her home. “Then I got interested in old paintings of Japan and China,” she explains to My Modern Met, “and I decided to switch to pictures.” Her work is now on canvas fabric. To begin, she embroiders a thing that has inspired her. Perhaps it’s a tree, a house, or even a bush. “Gradually, a landscape appears around it. I very seldom do sketches,” she admits. “In most cases, I prefer spontaneity in the work process.”

If you’ve ever stitched before, you might think Vates’ work is all French knots—the tiny balls that dot the surface of the fabric. And while French knots are part of her stitch repertoire, Vates also employs the regular straight stitch and chain stitch. “Generally, people think that more than half of my pictures consist of French knots but they are not,” she explains. “I have learned how to use the straight stitch in such a way that it can be difficult to distinguish it from a French knot. Such technique allows me to bring more realism into my embroidery.”

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Embroidery artist Katrin Vates stitches lush landscapes depicting tall trees and hidden houses.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Katrin Vates. 

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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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