Embroidery. The word alone trails along with a scent of the associated stigma. Known traditionally as “women’s work”, embroidery has been an age-old craft that is not only aesthetically beautiful but also highly underrated as an art form. However, in 2017, women (and even some men) have taken embroidery into their own hands (pun intended) and changed up the game; it is now getting the recognition it finally deserves.
I (Sara) have recently taken up embroidery, and have been teaching myself through YouTube videos how to perfect the craft. Although new to it, I admit it is addicting from the start! I have been scavenging across Instagram recently, searching high and low for my favorite accounts. Today we will look at my top 15 favorite stitching accounts, ranging from curated embroidery accounts to those of personal Artist accounts. These accounts below are in no particular order. Let’s just dive right in, shall we?
Mallory Bailey is a 20-something just stitching her way through life. Mallory says, “Hand embroidery allows me to be creative while producing something that can be cherished forever”. Her Instagram clearly shows she has a passion for stitching. Mallory sells her designs online which includes Kits and PDF patterns for the fellow DIYers out there.
Chloe Giordano first started embroidery in her final year of studying a degree in illustration at the University of the West of England. She says, “since graduating in 2011 I have continued to experiment with freehand embroidery, using sewing thread and hand dyed fabrics to make my work”. Chloe has many clients, ranging from Penguin, Vintage Books, Bloomsbury, Liberty, and various private clients. Chloe currently resides in Oxford, United Kingdom. See her designs on Instagram.
Jessica Long is yet another talented embroider that you can find on Instagram. Going by the name Namaste Embroidery, Jessica was initially inspired by her love of yoga. In fact, many of her early designs are symbolic of such. Although she has expanded her skills and design styles since then, she says, “I think ‘Namaste’ still works despite its association with yoga – it is simply a gesture of respect. I respect and honor my customers and hope the feeling is mutual!” In her shop on her website, you can find embroidered jewelry, thread painted animals, custom quote/anniversary hoops and even patterns.
It doesn’t take many words in the description to really describe what embroidery Artist Christine McGrath is getting at. All her words can be found in her “cute but rude” pieces of work, most which you can find on her Instagram.
Marley Leola creates embroidery hoop art that you can find on her Instagram Bug and Bean Stitching. Marleys’ work centers around custom pieces for weddings or baby showers and nurseries, with the occasional funny stitched hoop or detailed animal. Marley is often copies of her designs, something many Artists find frustrating. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Nicole Monjeau is a stitcher hailing from London, England. Known on Instagram for her “Fuck Politeness” hoops, you can find that many of Nicole’s pieces have a humorous, yet soft and pretty aesthetic to them. Might we say, that Nicole has mastered the art of the bunched flowers as well. She considers her work to be, “Feminist and pop culture embroidery art”. Nicole likes stitching on dark fabric, something that sets her pieces apart from many other embroidery Artists you can find online. You can find her works for sale on her Etsy account as she makes them.
Hopebroidery is more than just an embroidery Instagram, it’s now a monthly subscription box as well. That’s right, there is official a subscription box for just about anything! The cool thing about the Hopebroidery monthly box is that you get $45 worth of product to help build up your embroidery stash, including things such as Instagram-worthy embroidery scissors, a full pattern an accompanying password to a YouTube tutorial, and more! When you’re not busy gushing over your new goodies, you can visit Hopebroidery Instagram for unique design inspiration, straight from the Artist herself!
Sara Shoemaker creates hand embroidered home decor and jewelry. Based out of Arizona, Sara (“with no H cause H’s are Ew”) creates unique pieces of work that are perfect for any crafty person’s home or neck. Not only will you find her designs on Instagram, but of course on her Etsy shop too, where she has close to 200 products listed for sale there. On her shop, you can find finished hoops, PDF patterns, jewelry, and even Christmas ornaments.
Having been shot recently into Instagram superstardom, Sheena Liam’s hand embroidered designs are like no other. Using simple black thread, Liam stitches realistic hair onto her breathtaking designs. The girl in her designs looks strikingly similar to her, making it easily agreeable that they are self-portraits of her on a unique medium. Liam’s work has been featured on Cosmopolitan, Colossal, and accounts such as Aureta and The Pink Lemonade.
Lous hails from Yorkshire, United Kingdom, bringing her designs to Instagram to be seen from everywhere. Lous is known for her works that literally pop off the hoops, with threads edging over the brims and even falling freely in some of her designs. You can see there is great detail of texture to her work as well, creating interesting yet realistic displays of nature into her embroidery. Lous even dabbles in using paint on her designs as well.
Embroidery Insta Guild is a “global Instagram based embroidery guild. Curated by Hopebroidery, founded by @heypaul.” that you can find on Instagram. Here you can find every possible style of embroidery you can imagine.
“Embroidery that would make your adorable, innocent grandma hang her head in shame” is the motto of this Instagram account. Like all curation accounts, you can find a wide variety of Artists, perfect if you’re in search of new talent to be inspired by.