Which embroidery works are trendy

Embroidery is the trend - handicraft is making a comeback

Embroidery is the new knitting. Anyone who is interested in DIY and handicrafts has probably already noticed that for some time now it has increasingly been about needle and thread. Here we show you how diverse this ancient textile technology can be today.

I've always enjoyed trying out all kinds of craft trends and handicraft hobbies - whether it's jewelry made from polymer clay or self-knitted clothes. But I only really got stuck with embroidery. Starting with a simple cross stitch, in which the pattern is built up like a pixel, I have now moved on to more or less "painting" more or less freehand with the needle, mainly birds. I like the variety and the almost unlimited design possibilities of the medium. It's also relatively accessible, you don't need a lot of material, and you can usually take your embroidery with you anywhere.

Conservative and petty bourgeois?

In the worldwide stick community I got to know incredibly talented artists (not only, but mainly) whose work I would like to share with you. I find it totally inspiring and all of a sudden embroidery has nothing to do with conservatism and petty bourgeoisie.

One of the leading cross-stitch artists is the American Jody Rice, who designs colorful and modern patterns that have overcome the grandma kitsch with which embroidery and especially cross stitching have been associated up to now (grandmas and kitsch are totally ok for me, but they had a monopoly on needlework for too long). Rice's work is not only interesting in terms of color and graphics, but also because she picks up on other trends such as lettering and integrates them into her patterns.

A look at the fashion industry shows that embroidery is totally in vogue again. Sure, the floral elements of the boho style have never really been gone. But embroidered sneakers like those of the South African Danielle Clough or decorated bomber jackets have only recently gained a majority again.

Embroidery is not just a craft, it is an art

Basically there is hardly anything that is not embroidered. In some cities you can occasionally see embroidered fences, railings or park benches that are embellished in art campaigns. Speaking of art: that embroidery has taken itself to a whole new level and is much more than decoration - namely an artistic means of expression - is shown by thousands of artists worldwide. Two of them whose works I find particularly beautiful are Odd Ana from Portland, USA and siwooinparis from France. Both have found their very own, unmistakable style with the medium.

The British Emillie Ferris has found a very special business idea through embroidery. She creates individual pet portraits. The beautiful pictures are really unique memorabilia that are so rich in detail that they appear almost photorealistic. The American Sarah K. Benning has made a name for herself with embroidered pictures of plants.

Embroidery as empowerment

But embroidery is not always just beautiful. There are many “craftivists” (a new creation from the English terms “craft” and “activism”) such as Hannah Hill from London, who spread such feminist messages on empowerment and body positivism. Ovaries decorated with flowers or very explicit pornographic images create an ironic contrast between the traditional medium and the political message. The originally bourgeois occupational therapy for girls from a good family can today be an expression of a protest movement. And in times when the political climate is changing so badly, we cannot have enough of that.