Its no great secret that I’ve been fascinated by embroidery for a while now. I was quite keen on it as a little girl, and have the cross-stich samplers to prove it, but in the last few months I’ve started to realise how much exciting and beautiful work is being produced by embroiderers in the UK.

Here are some of my favourite recent finds.

Michele Carragher is a London based artist and embroiderer. She does some amazing embroidery work, using really unusal techniques and creating amzing 3-D pieces. This bug is created from embroidery!



Michele also embroiders the costumes for the TV series Game of Thrones. Look how beautiful and how detailed the work is:


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Check out Michele Carragher’s website here.

Following up a suggestion from a friend’s mother I recently discovered Japanese silk and gold work. There’s a woman called Midori who teaches the techniques and sells kits to get you started. She teaches in London and around the UK. The work is beautiful. Very delicate but colourful. Here are some examples:

Japanese silk work

Japanese silk work

Japanese goldwork

Japanese goldwork

And this is Midori’s website if you fancy having  a try yourself. I’m going to have a try at a beginner kit over the next few weeks.

Lastly, Hand and Lock are a London company specialising in military and insignia embroidery. Want a military unform made on Savile Row and covered in goldwork? Hand and Lock are probably the ones who will do the embroidery.

Every year Hand and Lock award an embroidery prize. In the past its always been a student prize, but in the last year or so its been opened up so there’s now a student category and an open category. This gorgeous work is the creation of the 2011 winner of the open category, an Australian currently in London, Karen Torrisi.

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I feel inspired, and also despairing at the possibility of ever being able to produce such lovely embroideries!


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