The first hand craft I picked up was embroidery. My mom bought me an embroidery kit which I begged her for and over the following week, I clumsily stitched two swans with flowery wreaths around their necks that my mom later sewed onto a pillow. Mind you, the backing was a mess, I had made odd knots in a couple of areas, and the fabric was puckered but when you're eleven years old, you're blind to those details. I was just so happy to have done something with my own two hands.
Embroidery to me is in a realm of its own these days. It isn't just stitching added to a baby's blanket or tea towel anymore, but at the hands of creatively-mindful people has evolved into stunning works of art and I LOVE it!
The work of Takashi Iwasaki is incredibly intricate and uses vibrantly colored threads. Just stunning!
The first time I saw Daniel Kornrumpf's work I thought they were paintings. His stitching technique looks more like short, lined brushstrokes in which the colors overlap. How he does this using thread is absolutely amazing.
Laura McKellar ,a graphic designer, combines photography and embroidery to create beautiful mixed-media pieces.
Izzyana Suhaimi (a favorite of mine) overlays her sketches with colorful embroidery. Check out her site to view more gorgeous work.
I haven't done some serious embroidery in a while. The last time was when I stitched my Edgar Allan Poe piece, but seeing these artists makes me want to start a new project. Hope you enjoyed this post! Sue