Embroidered Art by Ana Teresa Barboza

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Embroidery artist, Ana Teresa Barboza isn’t your average needlepoint star. She takes a medium that has often been relegated to high-society women in history books, and breathed life into this forgotten art form by thinking outside the box, or in this case, the hoop. landscape-3landscape-5Barboza created a collection of landscapes that appear to be growing out of the embroidery hoop, and take on a life of their own with wide knits and knots crawling out of the frame.

plantsBut she doesn’t stop at landscapes. Barboza also recreates plants and uses the natural likeness of thread to roots to create a multi-dimensional piece that straddles reality and art.

landscape-7Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery While florals have always been a popular theme for embroidered art, this ain’t your average throw pillow art. The bold colors and unique outline of the female figure make this piece a standout.

 

 

DIYing in the Great Outdoors

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After a particularly chilly and snowy winter, there is no  better time to head outside and enjoy the great outdoors than now. We’re at a pivotal point in spring when summer is just around the corner, and the possibility of adventures is just outside of our doorsteps! But what about our DIYs? How do we still get projects done and stretch our creative muscles when we’re outside?

Photography- The great outdoors offer an unmatched canvas for future DIYs that need photos. Take photos to use in upcoming DIYs to make them even more personal!

Sailboat Watercolor by Etsy ArtistPainting- Watercolors are great for carrying around because they aren’t as messy as acrylics and oil paints. They’re great for painting outdoor scene s like flowers in a park or a beautiful oceanscapes.

Organized Embroidery FlossEmbroidery- Embroidery is a precise hobby that often takes a number of different types of thread. Pick a pattern that only uses a few colors to make it more mobile.

Yarn Organized by ColorKnitting- Knitting is a great hobby that helps to relieve stress, but summer isn’t usually the best time for knitting new scarves. Make yourself an open weave cardigan or cover-up instead!

Bracelet making may seem hard on a sandy beach, but our tip is to leave the beads at home. Focus on friendship bracelets for a soothing summer activity.

Trend Alert: Embroidered Floral Fashion

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This year embroidered fashions have blown up! Ornate flower arrangements grace shoulders and sleeves, and bring a vibrancy and texture to even the most basic of outfits. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good print, but embroidered patterns offer a three-dimensional element that really captures our attention.

Embroidered Shoulder of JacketEmbroidery can be done on the entire piece, or just as an accent.

Blue Embroidered Top The addition of the matching blue sequins adds a subtle shine.

Embroidered Evening DressWe see this style on casual, bohemian-style dresses, and heavily beaded evening dresses!

White Embroidered DressWhen paired with geometric patterns, this style looks like an updated twist on the classic embroidered shirts from Mexico.