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:

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:

Check out the incredible work of Julie Sarloutte -- her stitched portraits are such beautiful examples of drawing with textiles.

Check out the incredible work of Julie Sarloutte -- her stitched portraits are such beautiful examples of drawing with textiles.

full of color and texture—while also mimicking the look of a sketch. - try with a bird or flower maybe.

Teresa Lim's Hoop Art of Colorful Textures + Thread Sketches

full of color and texture—while also mimicking the look of a sketch. - try with a bird or flower maybe.

1 Year of Stitches project by Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Morgan

1 Year of Stitches as Seen Through One Embroiderer's Hoop

Holy crap I thought this was all pen and pencil!! ITS THREAD AND FABRIC!! I love people!! Great Work these homes definitely give me the feeling I have at the beach!

stephanie k. clark (The Jealous Curator)

Holy crap I thought this was all pen and pencil!! ITS THREAD AND FABRIC!! I love people!! Great Work these homes definitely give me the feeling I have at the beach!

AMAZING embroidery art by Cayce Zavaglia.  The portrait is hand stitched; the background is painted.

AMAZING embroidery art by Cayce Zavaglia. The portrait is hand stitched; the background is painted.

Emma Mattson pays homage to moss with a collection of intricate embroideries. Using a variety of textures, she creates sculptural hoop art.

Emma Mattson's Embroideries Pay Homage to Moss

Emma Mattson pays homage to moss with a collection of intricate embroideries. Using a variety of textures, she creates sculptural hoop art.

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