Architectural Hand Embroidery Designs
Architectural Hand Embroidery Designs, are the perfect blend between illustration and embroidery. When we first began to stitch, we missed the presence of new and modern designs. It was Charles who first came up with the idea that I should embroider my architectural sketches.
Since the first attempt I was hooked. Thanks to the power of thread and needle, I was able to create a 3D drawing. My illustration rather became a touchable drawing, which was absolutely captivating. Instead of only seeing the lines grow, you can feel them too. When you run your fingers along the threads you can even feel the flow of a building.
But how can a building have flow?
Whenever we teach workshops, we often get asked this question. The answer comes down to observation. The closer you observe different objects in your surrounding, the better you will see the smaller fibres and structures that makes up the object. For example, when you observe a building, do you have the impression that the walls rise high up or are spread out wide? Depending on the shape and size of a house, it’s usually vertical or horizontal structures that stand out.
Hence, when you recreate architectural sceneries in modern hand embroidery designs, you base your stitches off these observations. If a building is tall and high, you will align your stitches in a vertical fashion. The opposite is true for for example one floor houses that rather spread broadly.
The Stockholm embroidery pattern that you see on the image to the left is a perfect example of vertical structures. To emphasize the height of the building, you make sure to align all your stitches vertically. You can either use the long short stitch technique or align vertical rows of split stitches.
Our philosophy is that whatever technique that feels the most natural to you, is the best technique. Because to embroidery should be a practise of freedom. Thus, to be able to freely experiment with your needlework is essential for creative fulfillment to flourish.
Most of our Architectural Hand Embroidery Designs are inspired from buildings or street scenes that we’ve visited or dream to travel to. Thus, you can see the original buildings of the Stockholm embroidery pattern on the image to the right.
Architectural hand embroidery designs allow you to travel in time
Considering the slow process of hand embroidery, you have time to get a deeper connection with the place you stitch. This is just another reason why I fell in love with the architectural style. In addition to creating a unique embroidered art work, I am able to become part of the location’s history.
To use the Stockholm design as an example again, it shows the strong historical influence. Most of the original buildings in the Old Town of Stockholm originate from the 13th-14th century! Thus, the rusty red and deep yellow are no longer modern colour choices. But rather, they’re connected to the rich history of the location.
Another of our architectural hand embroidery designs is the world famous Casa Batlló building. However, instead of using long and short stitch or split stitches for the walls, we’ve unconventionally used French knots. Thanks to the French knots you can capture the tiles, which contribute to the building’s character.
Furthermore, the French knots add texture and a more advanced look to the design. However, don’t forget that it’s still the basic techniques. It’s just the combination of them and the thinner threads that changes the impression.
Step out of the traditional needlework box
As Charles and I explored the architectural style further, it became clear that we took a stand away from the traditional stitchery box. The most important isn’t the name of the technique. Rather it’s the impression that the technique gives ones it’s stitched.
In other words, a French knot can be used for mini florals one day and mosaic tiles another. The only limitation is your own imagination!
Below you can see a process image in front of Casa Battló in Barcelona. We try to go back to the inspiration source as often as we can to connect to the embroideries to their origins. It has now become an important part of our creative process.
Have you heard or seen Architectural Hand Embroidery Designs before? We would love to hear your thoughts and impression of the style! Perhaps you’d even like to try it out yourself? If that’s the case we’ve got many unique designs in our shop
We also offer online Masterclasses on Charles and Elin Academy for those who are completely new to the medium and wish to dig deeper into the Architectural Style.
Thanks for reading along!