Instagram is the place for embroiderers to show off their creations, and we can't get enough. From stunning hoop art crafted in the satin stitch to oh-so-fancy beading, you'll find loads of inspiration for your own embroidery (or at the very least, a daily dose of eye candy) when you follow these artists.
Sarah K. Benning
Sarah K. Benning stitches the things that surround her. The number one thing? Plants. Her impressive indoor jungle is the inspiration for her plant and interior space embroideries.
Jessica Long is constantly experimenting with her subjects. While most fall under the category of nature, she stitches everything from adorable hedgehogs and decorative florals to inspiring typography. Want to stitch like Jessica? Check out her Bluprint class !
Happy Cactus Designs
Brannon is the woman behind Happy Cactus Designs. Despite the name, her embroideries don’t revolve around cacti, but instead are guided by florals. She's all about colorful smatterings of tiny blossoms and leaves. We call this look an instant mood-booster!
If you love bold, stylized flowers and vibrant colors that seem to explode beyond their frames, Kelly Ryan's sewn bouquets are just the thing. Made up of satin stitch, knotted stitches, and more, the compositions are dense and solid. The result is a pop-art vibe we love.
Many contemporary embroidery artists choose to keep their work displayed in the hoop. But Tessa Perlow stitches instead on upcycled garments, letting her work become statement-making fashion that goes everywhere.
Sometimes thread's just not enough. Australian artist Liz Payne kicks it up a notch with beading. Her abstract pieces are so rich-looking, you can’t help but want to run your hand over them. Luckily, Liz shares satisfying detail shots regularly.
Lisa Smirnova uses Impressionist-inspired thread painting, often combined with actual painting, to produce her multifaceted pieces. You'll often see them out of the hoop on one-of-a-kind clothing.
Inspired by furry friends and insects alike, Emillie Ferris recreates the animal kingdom in amazing detail. Her ability to render creatures in a photorealistic way has earned her countless commissions of adorable pups (and more!) from around the world.
Sophie MacNeill’s Instagram handle “Slow Stitch Sophie” is so appropriate: anyone who hand embroiders can definitely relate to the... slowness of the process. Sophie proves that patience is a virtue with hoop art that reminds us of a blossoming field of wildflowers.
Sheena Liam is a master of the flowing-hair effect that's all but taken over IG. She keeps the focus on the 3D drama by keeping the rest of her stitching relatively simple.