WHEN DID EMBROIDERY BECOME SO ÜBER?

I have done it again: I am getting obsessed with yet another craft. It’s a disease – craft schizophrenia! This time it’s embroidery.

I always thought of it as an old lady’s craft – monogrammed beddings, all cutesey owls and birdies, but then I came across this series of embroideries of the last eight Prime Ministers. I loved the idea and it got me thinking about what I could be doing with this skill: black plimsolls with a dark floral pattern? The back of the H&M boiler suits I got for my baby girl, in an Elvis in Vegas style? A series of tea towels based on my kids’ best drawings? Days of the week knickers? Aaahh, the possibilities!

But before starting on my next project, I’ve delved a little bit further into the world of embroidery and discovered artists using the craft in their work, with some amazing results. Obviously I am not pretending I’ll be able to achieve anything like it, but it is such great inspiration.

So, starting with Ana Teresa Barboza, the superstar of embroidery in my opinion, here are my favorite “thread drawing” (that’s what you call embroidery nowadays) artists!

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With manymanymanymany more… All I need now is a short trip to Brixton’s finest haberdashery and I am set…  to be continued!