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:
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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.
Fashion Illustrations with Embroidered Accents and Accessories by Izziyana Suhaimi
1 Year of Stitches project by Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Morgan
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.
Emma Mattson pays homage to moss with a collection of intricate embroideries. Using a variety of textures, she creates sculptural hoop art.