20 Artists Who Took Embroidery To The Next Level

The origins of embroidery can be traced back to the Warring States period in China (500-300BC) and to Sweden’s Migration period (300-700AD), and some would argue that it hasn’t changed much over the centuries:

“It is a striking fact that in the development of embroidery … there are no changes of materials or techniques which can be felt or interpreted as advances from a primitive to a later, more refined stage. On the other hand, we often find in early works a technical accomplishment and high standard of craftsmanship rarely attained in later times” (The Art of Embroidery, 1964).

But these modern-day needle-and-thread pioneers beg to differ. A&D has put together this list of the best and most creative embroidery to prove that while the ancients were good, nothing holds a thimble to what these modern masters can accomplish! Which stitch do you find the most impressive? (H/T: Bored Panda)

01. Embroidered Cat Shirts By Hiroko Kubota

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02. A 92-year-old Grandmother Creates A Spectacular Collection Of Embroidered Temari Spheres

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03. Embroidered Vegetables By Veselka Bulkan

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04. Artist Embroiders On Metallic Objects

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AD-Amazing-Embroidery-Art-04-3Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė

05. Instead Of Taking Photos, Teresa Lim Embroiders Her Travels On-site

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06. Artist Meredith Woolnough Uses Home Sewing Machine To Capture Nature’s Most Delicate Forms With Embroidery

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07. Urban Cross Stitch

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08. Embroidered Animals By Chloe Giordano

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09. Embroidered Portraits By Cayce Zavaglia

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10. Artist Ana Teresa Barboza Creates Landscape Embroidery Art That Leaps Out Of Its Frames

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11. Embroidered Animals By Claire Moynihan

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12. Artist Lauren Spark Recreated Van Gogh’s ‘starry Night’ Using Only Needle And Thread

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13. Embroidered Leaf Art By Hillary Fayle

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14. Artist James Merry Decorates Sport Logos With Embroidered Flowers

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15. Artist Danielle Clough Embroiders On Old Tennis Rackets

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16. Artist Chara Embroiders Notebook With Veins, Holograms, And Floral Patterns

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17. Toast Embroidery By Judith G. Klausner

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18. Cross-stitched Solar System By Navid Baraty

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19. Embroidered X-ray Film By Matthew Cox

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20. Artists Spent Up To 100 Hours Embroidering Paint On Clothing

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Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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