//Inspo Thursday / Embroidery!!

Hey, y'all! Today's post is a spin on a post I did a long while back where I profiled someone whose creative work served as a source of inspiration for me, impacting my own creative projects and attitude. This time, rather than focusing on one person, I thought it would be fun to be a little more loosey-goosey with it! This edition of Inspo Thursday is brought to you by EMBROIDERY!

I dabble in the craft and I find it VERY fun and fairly easy to do, provided you have patience to sit there and stitch, stitch, stitch. I am not that good by any means, but I'm good ENOUGH and frankly, unless you're selling your wares, who cares?! Like anything, embroidery is something you get better at the more you do it and there are tons of sources online to help you learn various stitches (Sublime Stitching has some how-tos that I've used before), should you want to get fancy AF with it. I usually just do a simple backstitch and that seems to serve me well most of the time.

Looking at these various artists, however, I am pushed to try harder and improve my work with effects like mixing stitches and "blending" threads to create a shading effect. Check out some of my recent favorites I've been peeping and see if they don't inspire you to pick up a needle and thread!

Adam has this way of adding a lot of thickness and dimension to his piece, using the stitches and thread to build up certain portions of his work. And can we talk about the Ravenclaw diadem?! SWOON!

I am obsessed with bees and this is too sweet. He also turned it into a patch to be sold in his store, but they're all gone now :(

The use of the holes in the canvas is genius and something I haven't seen before! I also love spiders, so this piece is right up my alley.

Sarah's work is very inspired by plant life, particularly succulents and cacti. The way she saturates her canvases with stitching results in an almost "patch"-type effect that is stunning. I can't imagine all the hours she spends working on this gorgeous embroidery.

The woman also does these cool portraits, where the figures are intertwined in vegetation and their faces are often obscured. Aside from these, she's also done crystals, lunar phases, and various kinds of landscapes.

Sarah offers a Pattern Program where you can subscribe and get original designs of embroidery patterns, complete with a PDF pack including instructions. You can get 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscriptions and she often posts inspiration using these patterns on her social media.

Brannon's work is also floral-inspired and I am SO in love with her little flowers-in-a-vase pieces! She lists several of them periodically in her shop and I am always too late in scooping one up. Some day...Speaking of her shop, along with her hand-embroidered pieces, she also sells cards, prints, gift tags, and more!

I just love the way she clusters her florals together like this. While she does do monochromatic pieces and those are great, I am super partial to the colorful explosions like this tree. The woman has only been doing since 2014, for crying out loud!!

The variety of colors and flowers in her work is drool-worthy. It just makes me happy to look at it! She DOES accept commissions for custom work, so it's worth reaching out if you are looking for something truly special.

//Some other favorites include//

For more inspirational work, check out one of my favorite Instagram accounts, @embroidery, run by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching.

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