Cross stitch by Australian artist Leah Emery 

"I just like the idea of contributing to a healthy sexual debate," says Ms Emery. "I think we could all have a much healthier understanding and approach to topics of a sexual nature if we talk about it a little bit more."

Embroidery from the Ainu tribe, from the Hokkaido, Sakhalin and Kuril Islands.  

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh 

Fragments from a hanging, 1700-1730

Gujarati embroidery in chain stitch

Platt Hall Gallery of Costume, Manchester 

Succulent Embroidery by Jess Simon


I shouldn’t need to tell you about Iviva Olenick, but I’ve seen a lot of her work reblogged today and it is always worth seeing. I find the way she works really inspiring.


Tesla the great and power, by Rachel Rose.

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mixed media painting on self made paper
林孝彦 HAYASHI Takahiko 2000

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Fragments by Lorenzo Nanni (2001)

Lorenzo Nanni is a textile artist living and working in Paris. His handmade fiber sculptures are inspired by organic matter and living forms. He reinterprets images of botany and anatomy through traditional embroidery and haute couture techniques, using natural materials and minerals.

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Embroidery!!!! Text!!! wowz. 

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Ghada Amer

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“Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten”, photos obscured by embroidered pixels, Diane Meyer

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A little Black Books quote.

(If you would like it, it’s available here.)

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Stitch ‘n’ Glitch 

Open source software to turn images into glitches, to then form a printable template for embroidery - created with Processing by Andrew Whealy :

Stitch’n’Glitch explores the aesthetic possibilities of combining the random “glitch” technique with the laborious practice of cross stitch embroidery.

Available as an executable file for Windows, Linux and Mac, you can find out more about the project here

Also, Andrew has a Tumblr blog here

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Michele Caragher 

Embroidered details in Game of Thrones 

'Michele Carragher is a London-based Hand Embroiderer and Illustrator who has been working in costume on film and television productions for over 15 years. She studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion, where the course incorporated design, pattern cutting, garment construction, embroidery, millinery and illustration. At the same time she attended a three year evening course in Saddlery at Cordwainers College learning skills in leatherwork.

After leaving college Michele worked in Textile Conservation, repairing and restoring historical textiles for private collectors and museums, specialising in hand embroidery. She then moved into a career in costume for film and television, initially working as a Costume Assistant/Maker on productions such as the BBC’s Our Mutual Friend, ITV’s David Copperfield and Mansfield Park. She soon gravitated towards the decoration and embellishment of costumes, using skills in hand embroidery and surface decoration, taking inspiration from the many historical textiles she had encountered working as a Textile Conservator. 

The first production that saw her undertake the role of a Principal Costume Embroiderer was for HBO’s 2005 Emmy Costume award-winning production of Elizabeth 1. Her most recent work has been on HBO’s 2012 Costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, working on all three seasons.

As a Costume Embroiderer Michele specialises in hand embroidery and surface embellishment, using traditional hand embroidery techniques, smocking, beading and surface decoration. She works directly onto the completed garment or starts with motifs and textures on silk crepeline/organza, which are applied to the costume and then worked into once on the actual garment. She also works on existing machine embroidery designs that are not too dense, adding some hand stitching and beading to give a more authentic, hand-finished look.

Michele finds hand embroidery has more flexibility and diversity than that of embroidery created by machine, as there is a greater variety of thread choice and colours to use. It is also possible to work more easily on garments that are already constructed. However, machine embroidery in combination with hand work can be very useful when completing many repeats by creating light outlines or a less dense machine stitch, work can then be completed by hand and again can be carried out on a finished garment.

Michele is a highly creative Costume Embroiderer, producing original designs as well as working closely to a costume designer’s brief to create their desired look.’

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