People In This Community Don’t Believe Embroidery Is Remotely Boring, Here Are Their 50 Best Works (New Pics)
We humans have the unique ability to take something ordinary and add a little extra to it. While this interest of ours has culminated in a myriad of decorative art forms, embroidery is one of those that we've invested most of our time and effort in.
You're already familiar with it even if the name sounds foreign. In simple terms, embroidery is the process of applying decorative designs onto fabric using a needle—these motifs are traditionally rendered in thread and are composed of different kinds of stitches.
Embroidery has existed, in some form, in virtually every population. Whether they've displayed it on clothing, home goods, or as an artwork, this is a timeless craft that has become an integral part of our material world. And the subreddit r/Embroidery has the pics to prove it.
This online community has 628K members, constantly showing off their best works, and many are so good, we think they deserve your attention as well. Continue scrolling to check out some of their latest projects and fire up our earlier publications on the subreddit here and here for more.
A Couple Thousand French Knots & Endless Hours Later, I Finished This 22" Star Chart! Really Pleased With How It Came Out
Finished My Most Ambitious Project To This Day. I Present To You My True To Size 3D Atlas Moth
The oldest surviving embroideries are Scythian, dating back to between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE. However, other civilizations also have long traditions of the craft. Roughly from 330 CE until the 15th century, for example, Byzantium produced embroideries lavishly ornamented with gold.
And while ancient Chinese embroideries have been excavated dating from the T'ang dynasty (618–907 CE), the most famous examples from that region are the imperial silk robes of the Ch'ing dynasty (1644–1911/12).
In India embroidery was also an ancient craft, but it is from the Mughal period (from 1556) that numerous pieces have survived, many finding their way to Europe from the 17th to the 18th century through the East India trade.
Lotus Pickers Done With French Knot Stitching. Took A Lot Of Time. What Do You Think?
Someone Recently Called Me Bob Floss
From the 16th century, Turkey produced elaborate embroideries in gold and colored silks with an impressive repertoire of stylized forms such as pomegranates, the tulip motif eventually predominating.
The Greek islands in the 18th and 19th centuries produced many geometric embroidery patterns, which differed from island to island, with those of the Ionian islands and Scyros showing Turkish influence.
First Project Ever
Gift To Myself For My 28th Birthday (Self-Portrait)
Bird On A Wire
The 10th-century stole of St. Cuthbert, embroidered in gold thread and preserved in Durham Cathedral, is the earliest surviving work of English embroidery.
The Crusades transmitted motifs of Saracenic art (such as pairs of confronting stylized animals), further reinforcing Byzantine influence in Europe and initiating heraldic embroidery.
All Finished! Forgot To Post It Earlier But It Took Me A Week To Finish. I Think It Looks Nice For Spring
Ukrainian Embroidery All By My Grandmother
A Larger Bird’s Eye View Embroidery With French Knots & Satin Stitch. What Do You Think?
A New One
In 1561 Elizabeth I granted a charter of incorporation to the Broderer's Company. It was a further step in the development of secular embroidery, already apparent in Henry VIII's reign.
Sixteenth-century English and French embroidery, in fact, were closely related, both tending to adapt engraved designs for their needlework patterns.
Llama Kuzco Is Finished! I’m So Thrilled With How This Turned Out!
Loving How This Fishnet Piece Came Out !
This Is The Proudest I’ve Felt In A Long Time
At the time, embroidery was becoming an amateur craft rather than a profession, a change that was even more visible in the 17th century.
The fashion for crewel work, or worsted (wool) embroidery, dates largely from the 17th century, as does needlepoint, or canvas work. Samplers, used to record stitches and designs, became mainly decorative after the appearance of pattern books.
Anybody Like Red Pandas? How About Fuchsia Ones?
Made A Little Hobbit Hole For My Sister In Law For Christmas!
My Most Ambitious Embroidery Project Yet!
My Non Embroidering Boyfriend Got A Kit And Made Me This Cross Stitch Pendant And It Really Blew Me Away. Happy Valentines Day
Embroidery in 17th- and 18th-century North America also reflected European skills and conventions, however, the designs were often simpler and the stitches were often modified to save thread; samplers, embroidered pictures, and mourning pictures were the most popular.
In the early 19th century almost all other forms of embroidery in England and North America were superseded by a type of needlepoint known as Berlin woolwork.
“Knit 1 Purl 2. Knit 1 Purl 2. That’s Right!”
First Design Of My Own With Embroidery. It’s Imperfect, But It’s My Favorite Piece Of Art I Now Own
Hand Embroidered Self Portrait
Coming back to the subreddit, its moderators say that you don't need much to get started. The most basic supplies for hand embroidery are a hoop, a needle, fabric, and some 6-stranded embroidery floss. That's really it. Of course, you do need scissors to snip your thread and a way to transfer the design to your fabric but these are the things needed to actually stitch and likely the only items you don't already have in your home.
I Finally Finished This Piece
Realism First Attempt!
My First Embroidery Of 2022!
My Wild Thing Denim Vest Is Finally Done(?)
A very good way to start from the absolute beginning is to order an embroidery kit. Most will have thread, a needle, a hoop, and a design already worked onto the fabric provided. "No analysis paralysis as you stare at the 60+ shades of red, wondering which one might be the best," the mods said. "Kits also have the benefit of explaining what stitches you should be using in what section ... Once you complete your kit you then have a hoop and needle to use for other projects as well."
If you do decide to give embroidery a go, the subreddit has pretty much all the information a newbie might need.
Full-Length Hand Embroidery Of A Cat Is Ready
Progress Pic: Landscape Thread Painting. This Is Taking Forever!
Willow Tree In Summer
Meowwwww , 1 Strand On 8” Hoop
Astronomer Here! I’ve Embroidered The Night Sky!
Psa For Anyone Who Needs To Be Reminded Of This Today
Patrick Stewart Received The Portrait I Created Of Him, And Replied With A Thank You Note. Brb While I Turn Into A Puddle Of Glee
My Latest Embroidery “Weavers Of Life”, 8” Radius, December 2021. A Reminder To Remember Those Who Weave Our Clothing
My Covid 19 Candid Internet Photo Inspired Embroidery
I Took A Stab At Charlotte’s Web. Sadly, I’m No Charlotte!
I Finished This Morton Salt Girl Project Yesterday And I'm So Proud!
Happy World Tapir Day!
My Embroidery Diary Did Not Go Too Well
Finished My First Embroidery Ever!
My Star Wars Themed Embroidery Piece, Inspired By The Swamps Of Dagobah!
Due To Personal Reasons, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
So So Proud Of The Result
Barn Owl. Embroidered Bag
My First Stab At Embroidery. Any Tips To Make It Look Less Like A Paint By Number?
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