Artist Masterfully Embroiders Dried and Preserved Flowers on Delicate Tulle

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

Rather than create designs with floral motifs, Olga Prinku goes straight to the source. The UK-based artist stitches real dried and preserved flowers onto delicate tulle fabric, merging nature with the beauty of traditional craftsmanship.

As one might imagine, working with such fragile materials demands extreme concentration. Prinku uses stems that can be as thin as 0.03 centimeters, and stitches them into the equally fine texture of tulle. Breaking either element is a high possibility, but she relies on her experience and instincts to follow what the plants can or cannot do, oftentimes free-styling her designs until the hoop is complete.

Prior to creating these unique embroidered pieces, Prinku was a graphic designer who made crafts like embroidery and knitting on the side. “It actually wasn't through embroidery that I came to embroidering with dried flowers—the idea emerged out of my hobby of wreath-making,” she tells My Modern Met. “One day I used a garden sieve as a frame to hold the greenery in place by poking the stems through the holes in the wire mesh. It struck me that a garden sieve is similar in some ways to an embroidery hoop with the mesh fabric stretched across, so I wondered if I could embroider in a similar way with the stems of flowers.”

Since stumbling across the idea, Prinku's practice has quickly developed, using a variety of organic materials and different techniques. “My background is in graphic design, which I draw on in coming up with the concepts for my pieces—as well as a fascination with folkloric motifs from my country of birth, Moldova, and traditional tapestries,” she explains. “I'm inspired by nature—I love to go for countryside walks near where I live, in North Yorkshire, and I think creating artworks with plant life opens up a lot of possibilities to explore themes related to the fragility of nature, the relationship between humans and nature, the transience of beauty and the importance of living in the moment.”

You can learn more about the art of embroidering flowers on tulle by picking up a copy of Prinku's book. You can also keep up to date with her latest projects via Instagram.

UK-based artist Olga Prinku creates magnificent hand embroidery with real flowers.

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

She carefully stitches blooms onto delicate tulle.

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

Prinku works with organic materials that can be as thin as 0.03 centimeters.

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

The fragile nature of the pieces means that Prinku has to follow the plants, oftentimes resulting in her free-styling her designs.

Flower Embroidery by Olga Prinku

Olga Prinku: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Olga Prinku.

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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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