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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"It is a striking fact that in the development of embroidery ... there are no changes of materials or techniques which can be felt or interpreted as advances from a primitive to a later, more refined stage. On the other hand, we often find in early works a technical accomplishment and high standard of craftsmanship rarely attained in later times" (The Art of Embroidery, 1964).

But these modern-day needle-and-thread pioneers beg to differ. Bored Panda has put together this list of the best and most creative embroidery to prove that while the ancients were good, nothing holds a thimble to what these modern masters can accomplish! Which stitch do you find the most impressive? (h/t: mymodernmet)

#1 Embroidered Cat Shirts By Hiroko Kubota

Embroidered Cat Shirts By Hiroko Kubota

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Queenlardcake 1 year ago

Ahhh, love the top left version!

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#2 A 92-year-old Grandmother Creates A Spectacular Collection Of Embroidered Temari Spheres

A 92-year-old Grandmother Creates A Spectacular Collection Of Embroidered Temari Spheres

A 92-year-old Grandmother Creates A Spectacular Collection Of Embroidered Temari Spheres

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Dena Clark 1 year ago

Beautiful

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#3 Embroidered Vegetables By Veselka Bulkan

Embroidered Vegetables By Veselka Bulkan

Embroidered Vegetables By Veselka Bulkan Embroidered Vegetables By Veselka Bulkan

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PriyankaJatan 1 year ago

Aww that's so cool!!!

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#4 Artist Embroiders On Metallic Objects

Artist Embroiders On Metallic Objects

Artist Embroiders On Metallic Objects Artist Embroiders On Metallic Objects Artist Embroiders On Metallic Objects

Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė Report

Cloudy@noon 1 year ago

wow that's a lot of tough and hard work

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#5 Artist Meredith Woolnough Uses Home Sewing Machine To Capture Nature’s Most Delicate Forms With Embroidery

Artist Meredith Woolnough Uses Home Sewing Machine To Capture Nature’s Most Delicate Forms With Embroidery

Artist Meredith Woolnough Uses Home Sewing Machine To Capture Nature’s Most Delicate Forms With Embroidery Artist Meredith Woolnough Uses Home Sewing Machine To Capture Nature’s Most Delicate Forms With Embroidery

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HD 1 year ago

Artist's website : www.meredithwoolnough.com/

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#6 Instead Of Taking Photos, Teresa Lim Embroiders Her Travels On-site

Instead Of Taking Photos, Teresa Lim Embroiders Her Travels On-site

Instead Of Taking Photos, Teresa Lim Embroiders Her Travels On-site Instead Of Taking Photos, Teresa Lim Embroiders Her Travels On-site

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Arty 1 year ago

damn, that must need some long exposure!

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#7 Urban Cross Stitch

Urban Cross Stitch

Urban Cross Stitch Urban Cross Stitch

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DariaB 1 year ago

My favourite.

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#8 Embroidered Animals By Chloe Giordano

Embroidered Animals By Chloe Giordano

Embroidered Animals By Chloe Giordano Embroidered Animals By Chloe Giordano

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Emily 1 year ago

They kind of look dead. Cute, but dead.

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#9 Embroidered Portraits By Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered Portraits By Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered Portraits By Cayce Zavaglia Embroidered Portraits By Cayce Zavaglia

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Nehasoni 1 year ago

Really appreciate the dedication of the artist...this level of work is just out of this world..

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#10 Embroidered Animals By Claire Moynihan

Embroidered Animals By Claire Moynihan

Embroidered Animals By Claire Moynihan Embroidered Animals By Claire Moynihan Embroidered Animals By Claire Moynihan

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Elizabeth Perry 1 year ago

Cute.

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