Make: hand-embroidered patches based on photos of your beloved cat

Becky Stern writes, "My elderly cat passed away earlier this month, so I spent some mourning time stitching up these embroidered cat patches based on photos of my kitty Beatrice. I made a tutorial walking through the process from Photoshop to embroidery hoop." Read the rest

Beautiful embroidered beetles, bugs, and birds

Etsy artisan Humayrah turns gold and iridescent thread into the most charming and intricate beetles, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Humayrah says:

The influence of the natural creation is woven through a lot of my work. I like to incorporate iridescent materials such as gold leather, metals, beads and silks in my embroideries that are inspired by entomology and botanical illustrations.

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Fanciful embroidered typography and birds

London-based designer Katheryn Benedict-Perri takes embroidered text to the next level with intricate overlapping letters using multiple colors. Read the rest

Lovely profile of James Merry, Björk's maskmaker

Björk has become known for rocking some stunning embroidered masks. Hint published a nice overview of her longtime collaboration with maskmaker James Merry. Read the rest

Jenny Hart's embroidered cover for Postmistress

Our friend Jenny Hart illustrated the cover to Penguin's re-issue of The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. It one of six books in the Penguin by Hand collection, "comprising six of Penguin's most popular women's fiction titles of recent years, all with new and beautiful craft-inspired jackets."

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Watch Nina Paley and Theodore Gray's fantastic embroidered animation for Passover song

The amazing Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) and Theodore Gray created a fantastic embroidered stop-motion animation of my favorite traditional Passover song "Chad Gadya." Read the rest

Embroidered anatomical notebooks

Chara from Athens, Greece operates an amazing Etsy store full of hand-embroidered notebooks featuring anatomical, natural and historical themes: the circulatory system, the heart, a spider, Leonardo da Vinci's Apostle James, blood circulation of the head and many more. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Incredible embroidered portraits

Cayce Zavaglia hand-embroiders astonishingly hyperrealistic portraits from cotton and silk thread and crewel embroidery wool. Read the rest

Embroidery on found photos

Tokyo-based artist Mana Morimoto embroiders on found photos, ticket stubs, record sleeves, and other curious paper pieces. (via Hi-Fructose) Read the rest

Cryptozoological embroidery patterns by Ape Lad: $5

A bigfoot embroidery pattern from our friends at Sublime Stitching? By Ape Lad no less? I imagine Pescovitz is on his way to the craft store to buy a hoop, needles and floss.

Other creatures in the pattern include the Loch Ness monster, a jackalope, a centaur, the Sphynx, a gryphon, and a satyr.

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