The art of embroidery is often seen as a more traditional craft compared to other types of art. With just a few basic items - fabric, a needle, and thread - one can virtually create any image that they wish. We've all seen embroidered fabric before - on clothing, blankets, and everything in between.
While this handicraft is timeless and the materials have remained pretty much the same throughout the centuries, the same cannot be said about the approach or the creativity that is seen in contemporary embroideries. Modern artists have taken this classic art form and brought it to a whole new level with creativity and imagination that is far, far from the outside of the figurative box. Take a look at some of the stunning works of art by these incredible artists:
Hiroko Kubota's fondness of cats is elegantly expressed on the front of these shirts.
Temari handballs that were made by a 92-year-old Japanese grandmother. Flickr user NanaAkua posted her grandmother's creations to a gallery seen here.
The artist known as Severija uses embroidery techniques on unconventional metal objects. She has also worked in conjunction with other famous artists, including Banksy.
Veselka Bulkan operates the Little Herb Bouquet store found on Etsy. Her creations are like no other in that they often extend beyond the actual canvas.
Meredith Woolnough created these beautiful pieces through utilizing a special water-soluble fabric. Once she embroiders the fabric with a nature-inspired design, she dissolves the fabric away, leaving her creation bare.
Chloe Giordano's work is incredibly detailed, but the true skill in her art is how impossibly tiny they are. It's hard not to appreciate her talent when a thimble is placed alongside her work as a reference of scale.
Much of Teresa Lim's inspiration comes from the places she has visited around the world. Her scenic depictions are all created on-site during her travels.
The artist behind Urban X Stitch uses fences and gates to display his art where people often frequent.
Most people can't capture the level of detail that Cayce Zavaglia displays in her portraits. But she is able to perfectly recreate her subjects with incredible technicality with the use of her embroidery talents.
Claire Moynihan brings her embroideries to life with these three-dimensional creations.
Ana Teresa Barboza creates landscapes that can't be contained within the mere frames of the canvas.
The world we live in is full of drab logos and brandings. James Merry uses these very emblems as the foundation of his work.
A stunning recreation of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" by the talented Lauren Spark.
Embroidery can be done on a wide variety of mediums, and Danielle Clough creates hers on the mesh of badminton and tennis rackets.
With extreme care and skill, Hillary Waters Fayle is able to embroider on the delicate, brittle medium of leaves.
These aren't the same notebooks you find at school or work. Chara, an artist from Athens, uses the covers of notebooks to create the fabulous works seen below:
Toast is a tasty side to any breakfast, but only Judith G. Klausner would ever think to use it as a canvas for her talents.
A self-proclaimed "space geek," Navid Baraty's creations are inspired by the planets of our solar system.
One of the more unusual canvases found on this list, Matthew Cox's work is carefully added onto X-rays of the human body.
A group of artists painstakingly created these embroidered garments using cashmere, Indian hemp and cotton, 80s denim jeans, and vintage towels sourced from flea markets on London’s Portobello Road. The entire process from start to finish can take up to 100 hours to complete.
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