Artist creates incredible embroidered versions of famous paintings

If you’re one of the many, many people who has taken up embroidery as their lockdown hobby, read on for some serious inspiration of the wonders you can achieve with just a needle and thread.

Inna Emelianova, 29, has been doing embroidery since her teens, but has recently turned her hobby into a business.

She creates truly incredible embroidered versions of famous paintings, such as Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, da Vinci’s Lady With An Ermine, and Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman.

The teacher, from Kolomna, Russia, also creates jewellery, which is sold all around the world.

‘I started to be interested in embroidery as a teenager, as needlework is included in the programme of Russian schools,’ said Inna.

‘I wanted to create embroidery that could be worn on clothes in the form of a brooch and I went from there.

‘My inspiration was famous paintings; being an art teacher, I drew a lot and every trip to the art gallery would make me excited.

‘The first artist whose paintings I started to embroider was Van Gogh. His technique is incredible because the paint strokes resemble stitches!


‘Later, I began to take on more complex paintings, such as portraits and now, my jewellery lives on four continents in the world.’

The pieces are stunning, but please, aspiring crafters, bear in mind that they are the result of skills honed over years and years.

Your wobbly stitches are wonderful, too. Keep at it.

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