The popularity of embroidery continues to be on the rise, and as lovers of needlework develop their skills, they seek more challenging and unusual motifs. As such, those doing embroidery handwork are turning to vintage techniques to expand their repertoire of hand stitches.
Part of the appeal of embroidery is that it is so lovely and so accessible. With needle and floss, one can transform a garment or accessory into a unique, handmade item. Artfully Embroidered by Naoko Shimoda is a book that is right on time to meet this growing trend with 25 embroidered patterns that draw from both Japanese and Western traditions.
Vintage motifs are translated into current projects such as handbags, totes, coin purses, tablet covers and more. With retro style being so in vogue now, the embellishments are arresting and unusual, recalling another time but also feeling very much on trend. In addition, more patterns are demonstrated on clothing and linens.
I love the projects and techniques that are made available in Artfully Embroidered. If you could like to try them yourself, the book is available for pre-order in the Sew Daily Shop.
Do you love learning new embroidery techniques? I would love to know!