Embroidery – time for a re-think II

In my last blog I showcased 5 embroidery artists doing extraordinary things with only  a humble needle and thread. Today  I have another 5  all using embroidery in very different ways.

Jose Romussi from Chile uses black and white photography  to weave his colourful magic on a range of  vintage photographs.   Using delicate embroidery he stitches elaborate  patterns onto ballerinas’ outfits and uses floral decorations as a centre point to energise the photograph with the addition of vibrant threads.  The embroidery in no way detracts from the picture, more so it enhances the original image and both photograph and embroidery work as one to bring the subject to life.


Artist  Teresa Lim travels the globe taking inspiration from everything she sees.  Lim embroiders landscapes that become a visual part of her memories. In the Sew Wanderlust series she uses embroidery to catch every detail in her vibrant threads from rich landscapes to modern cityscapes.  Lim details everything there and then whilst in situ,  keeping a beautiful picture book of her many journeys. Other embroidery projects include etiquette looking at female identity and My Sewical Media where Lim becomes entwined within her embroidery creations. Lim also takes commissions making her embroidery for couples and families the perfect gift for weddings, christenings and other important life events.


Artist Izziyana Suhaimi combines  embroidery and mixed media producing some fabulous portraits. Drawing fashion figures in pencil, pen or watercolour she uses embroidery to embellish, These simple pencil lines and clever use of stitching sit side by side bringing the picture to life.  The embroidery is often heavy and elaborate but never detracts from the beautifully drawn artwork.   Suhaimi explains that for her, embroidery is a quiet act,  exploring evidence of hand and time, each stitch representing a moment past.



Matthew Cox takes an unconventional look at the world of X-rays and MRI scans.  Removing the scans outside of their normal environment Cox totally transforms them using intricate stitching.  His work is inspired by contrast between materiality of the plastic acetate of an x-ray and the softness of cloth and thread. Based in Philadelphia Cox  produces embroidery that somehow links the bony connections of the scans to real everyday moments  – making a visual contrast between the our bodies inner workings and the world around us.


 Anastassia Elias has a passion for large scale artworks in public places.  Using string as an art form Elias produces installations made from simple knotted yarn, that it is highly effective.    Close up the work may resemble a jumble of knots  haphazardly threaded together, the viewer unable to seek out the form within.  Take a couple of steps back and the full beauty and detail of the image is revealed. Using simple yarn knotted and placed with precision Elias has produced an enormous pair of lungs and a tight-rope walking elephant!  From the large scale art to the other end of the spectrum Elias is better know for her mini dioramas in toilet paper rolls. These mini images depict a range of both simple and more complex designs to enthral the viewer.



These five artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of needle and thread and achieving some exceptional results.  I have throughly enjoyed researching all 10 artists and this has made me reflect on my own passion for fibres, stitch and thread, so much so that  I am inspired to break the rules and take needle and thread beyond the boundaries; for me and my textile practice it’s definitely time to re-think embroidery.

Thanks for stopping by.


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