My dear pal Barbara Rushkoff embroiders fantastic minimal portraits of musicians and other artists, writers, and thinkers whose work has inspired her over the years. I love the seeming simplicity of her illustrations that still beautifully convey the essence of her subjects! Also, the name of Barbara's Instagram account has me in, er, stitches: yr_resting_stitchface
Above: Robert Smith of The Cure. Below: Billie Eilish, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52's, Nilufer Yanya; Mark Hollis of Talk Talk; Joy Division's Ian Curtis; St. Vincent; Debbie Harry; and David Bowie.
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'Bobs Burgers' fans and stitching crafters, get ready to flip out. Read the rest
Verso is a lovely documentary about embroidery artist Cayce Zavaglia (previously), who creates beautiful portraits via embroidery. Read the rest
Embroidery artist Veselka Bulkan creates all sorts of lovely and creative embroidered works that play with the form, like these plant-themed pieces that refuse to stay inside the hoop frame, sometimes even extending to another. Read the rest
Textile artist Victoria Villasana breathes new life into black and white photos by sewing vividly-colored yarns and threads onto them. Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, and legal tender all get the treatment. Read the rest
Yumi Okita creates strikingly accurate and colorful moths and butterflies from thread and felt. Read the rest
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
Etsy artisan Humayrah turns gold and iridescent thread into the most charming and intricate beetles, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
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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London-based designer Katheryn Benedict-Perri takes embroidered text to the next level with intricate overlapping letters using multiple colors. Read the rest
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
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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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
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
Cayce Zavaglia hand-embroiders astonishingly hyperrealistic portraits from cotton and silk thread and crewel embroidery wool. Read the rest
Tokyo-based artist Mana Morimoto embroiders on found photos, ticket stubs, record sleeves, and other curious paper pieces. (via Hi-Fructose)
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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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