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:

"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

Hiroko Kubota Report

Queenlardcake
Community Member
6 years ago

Ahhh, love the top left version!

Christine Wright
Community Member
5 years ago

Would love to be able to do this

Tran Van Trung
Community Member
5 years ago

So cute

Pauline Webb
Community Member
5 years ago

beautiful

Liz Worthington
Community Member
6 years ago

Where can I buy one of these shirts?

Lindsay McNally
Community Member
6 years ago

This is fantastic.....

Emma Tanglevine
Community Member
6 years ago

I absolutely love these!

Annette Forbes
Community Member
6 years ago

I love them all!!!!!!!!!!!! I love cats!!!!!!!!!

Rhon
Community Member
6 years ago

I love them all.

Linda Feltner
Community Member
6 years ago

I would love to buy the cat pocket s are they for sale and ware

Xinhe Forbes
Community Member
6 years ago

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/ShopGoGo5

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Michelle Proctor
Community Member
6 years ago

Does the artist sell these?

Sergine Souquet
Community Member
6 years ago

Magnifique ce sont des broderies machine?est 't'il possible d'acheter les modèles Merci

Nicky Williams
Community Member
6 years ago

Stunning x

Wendie Crombie
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh love these I would really love these designs.

Wendy Zerr
Community Member
6 years ago

Deb, I think it's time for you to take up embroidery! Or maybe your Mom could take it up and make some shirts for you!

HD
Community Member
6 years ago

Hiroko Kubota's link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49324160@N00/

Brian Lavigne
Community Member
6 years ago

can these be ordered? briguyct@gmail.com

Rashael Nunley
Community Member
6 years ago

So cute!

Yvonne Fortin
Community Member
6 years ago

Love the cats. Great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Pia Vestmar
Community Member
6 years ago

Kender jeg nogen der kan brodere?

Anne-Catherine Stainier
Community Member
6 years ago

Smart

Diane Peters
Community Member
6 years ago

Works of art! Really lovely.

bubblegum
Community Member
6 years ago

These are great!

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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

nanaakua Report

Dena Clark
Community Member
6 years 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

Veselka Bulkan Report

PriyankaJatan
Community Member
6 years 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
Community Member
6 years 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

Meredith Woolnough Report

HD
Community Member
6 years 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

Teresa Lim Report

Arty
Community Member
6 years 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

urbanxstitch Report

DariaB
Community Member
6 years 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

Chloe Giordano Report

Emily
Community Member
6 years 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

Cayce Zavaglia Report

Nehasoni
Community Member
6 years 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

Claire Moynihan Report

Elizabeth Perry
Community Member
6 years ago

Cute.

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#11

Artist Ana Teresa Barboza Creates Landscape Embroidery Art That Leaps Out Of Its Frames

Artist Ana Teresa Barboza Creates Landscape Embroidery Art That Leaps Out Of Its Frames

Artist Ana Teresa Barboza Creates Landscape Embroidery Art That Leaps Out Of Its Frames

Ana Teresa Barboza Report

PriyankaJatan
Community Member
6 years ago

Ooh that's really creative!

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#12

Artist James Merry Decorates Sport Logos With Embroidered Flowers

Artist James Merry Decorates Sport Logos With Embroidered Flowers

Artist James Merry Decorates Sport Logos With Embroidered Flowers Artist James Merry Decorates Sport Logos With Embroidered Flowers

James Merry Report

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
6 years ago

Clever and beautifully done!

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#13

Artist Lauren Spark Recreated Van Gogh’s ‘starry Night’ Using Only Needle And Thread

Artist Lauren Spark Recreated Van Gogh’s ‘starry Night’ Using Only Needle And Thread

Artist Lauren Spark Recreated Van Gogh’s ‘starry Night’ Using Only Needle And Thread

Lauren Spark Report

AlexandraDorca
Community Member
6 years ago

This painting also inspired me to make this necklace :) 11887888_9...d07264.jpg 11887888_934532389923954_2735201927833964309_n-5717c81d07264.jpg

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#14

Embroidered Leaf Art By Hillary Fayle

Embroidered Leaf Art By Hillary Fayle

Embroidered Leaf Art By Hillary Fayle Embroidered Leaf Art By Hillary Fayle Embroidered Leaf Art By Hillary Fayle

Hillary Waters Fayle Report

Doris Lenarčič
Community Member
6 years ago

like a fairytale :)

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#15

Artist Danielle Clough Embroiders On Old Tennis Rackets

Artist Danielle Clough Embroiders On Old Tennis Rackets

Artist Danielle Clough Embroiders On Old Tennis Rackets Artist Danielle Clough Embroiders On Old Tennis Rackets

Danielle Clough Report

HD
Community Member
6 years ago

The website of the artist is : http://www.danielleclough.com/

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#16

Artist Chara Embroiders Notebook With Veins, Holograms, And Floral Patterns

Artist Chara Embroiders Notebook With Veins, Holograms, And Floral Patterns

Artist Chara Embroiders Notebook With Veins, Holograms, And Floral Patterns Artist Chara Embroiders Notebook With Veins, Holograms, And Floral Patterns

Chara Report

Doris Lenarčič
Community Member
6 years ago

so beautiful <3

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#17

Cross-stitched Solar System By Navid Baraty

Cross-stitched Solar System By Navid Baraty

Cross-stitched Solar System By Navid Baraty

Navid Baraty Report

HD
Community Member
6 years ago

Artist's website : https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpaceNavid

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#18

Embroidered X-ray Film By Matthew Cox

Embroidered X-ray Film By Matthew Cox

Embroidered X-ray Film By Matthew Cox Embroidered X-ray Film By Matthew Cox Embroidered X-ray Film By Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox Report

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

This one made me think - immagine an animated film using embroided images as frames. That would take a lot of time, dedication and people too...

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#19

Toast Embroidery By Judith G. Klausner

Toast Embroidery By Judith G. Klausner

Toast Embroidery By Judith G. Klausner Toast Embroidery By Judith G. Klausner

Judith G. Klausner Report

Gothilocks
Community Member
6 years ago

It's a shame that you'd have to throw it away before it got mouldy, though.

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#20

Artists Spent Up To 100 Hours Embroidering Paint On Clothing

Artists Spent Up To 100 Hours Embroidering Paint On Clothing

Lisa Smirnova Report

NikoletteBattle
Community Member
6 years ago

What patience and skill!

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