Embroidery Artists Are Using a Needle and Thread to “Paint” Gorgeous Stitched Art

Inspiration for Your Own Thread Painting

Traditional thread painting uses short and long stitches (placed side by side) in order to gradually build color and form. It’s recommended that the long stitches be about half an inch while the shorter ones measure a quarter inch. Make sure that you stick to varying the two lengths in order to ensure that your colors blend beautifully.

Of course, contemporary embroiderers don’t always play by the rules. Check out how different artists have used needle painting in their work in a variety of ways.

Emillie Ferris


Vera Shimunia

A post shared by embroidery artist (@shimunia) on


Lisa Smirnova


Ell Violet

A post shared by Ell Violet (@ell_violet) on


Kate Hughes


Becky Mackay

A post shared by Becky Mackay (@artsforanimals) on


Desert Eclipse Studio


Josefina Jimenez

A post shared by J O S E F I N A ⋆ (@jojimenez) on


Danielle Clough


Wildwood Needle & Craft


Esin Altay

A post shared by Esin Altay (@myartworkplans) on

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info.

Related Articles:

Everything You Need to Start Stitching Your Own Embroidery

Stylish Supplies and Cute Kits Perfect for Starting Embroidery

15+ Hand Embroidery Patterns Ready to Download and Start Sewing

Page 2/2

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.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content