What's New With Embroidery?
Updating old-school crafts with modern design
top row: marble pattern you got this poppy
bottom row: new york hipster easy stitch sampler
By now, you've probably seen that embroidery is making a fantastic comeback. In fact, you've probably noticed that all fibre arts (think: macrame, weaving, stitchery, hand dying fabric, etc.) are enjoying a modern-day resurgence.
These new styles have a sense of simplicity and abstraction, with designs emerging from the threads themselves. No longer restricted to just a handful of patterns with the same landscape and/or floral themes. Just like all arts, bringing fresh ideas and re-thinking old ones is a good thing and makes these types of handcrafts exciting again.
"The 60's had edge, the 70's had embroidery" - Gina Barreca
Have a look at some inspiring artists and if you're ready to jump into a new project, see the links at the end of this article for free patterns that you can download.
Awesome dog embroidery, oh my god, the one with the dog dragging its butt on the grass!
Who knew dinosaur fossils in a forest landscape could be so beautiful?
Artist Laura Dalla Vecchia stitches amazing bird designs onto dried leaves and twigs.
So many inspiring artists from Modern Met!
20 Artists Who Took Embroidery To The Next Level - c'mon, a kitten in your pocket? YES
19 Artists Creatively Pushing the Boundaries of Embroidery
Lots of patterns to purchase directly from artists
FREE modern Embroidery Patterns
DMC - the Grandaddy of embroidery has over 700 free patterns, tutorials & videos
26 Hand hand embroidery patterns ready to download (many free!)
So...Inspired to try a new (old) craft? Love to hear your thoughts on updating crafts for modern times, drop a comment or send me a note. Happy stitching!
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