The origins of embroidery can be traced back to the Warring States period in China (500-300BC) and to Sweden's Migration period (300-700AD), and some would argue that it hasn't changed much over the centuries:
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Julie Sarloutte, embroidery portrait. More
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Holy crap I thought this was all pen and pencil!! ITS THREAD AND FABRIC!! I love people!! Great Work these homes definitely give me the feeling I have at the beach!
Check out the incredible work of Julie Sarloutte -- her stitched portraits are such beautiful examples of drawing with textiles.
skull Embroidery art by Danielle Clough