Friday, January 06, 2006

Science-based stitchery

Check out kaysusan's yeast embroidery over at Smockery.

Kay's response to my Moon Rock embroidery (see my earlier series of posts), made me wonder if there are others out there who have attempted embroidery inspired by scientific images, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. When I recently visited the National Museum of Australia in Canberra I was enthralled by the six-metre long tapestry depicting the Milky Way (here's just a section):

I am not only thinking of abstract images but also of naturalistic images such as birds, butterflies and frogs (Maureen 3 stitched a beautiful frog on a bullrush for a Round Robin I was in a couple of years ago, for example -- I think it was the dragonfly one, but I can't remember whose block it ended up on).

Anyway, I thought it might be fun to get together a gallery of science and nature embroidery. The only criteria would be that the main subject of the embroidery should be of a scientific or naturalistic nature. If you've got something you could share, pop a comment on this post. You could either include a link to the image on your blog or, if you don't have your own blog, just let me know that you've got an image and I'll contact you by email and post the picture here. Any takers?


Linda said...

Well, Umm, yes - I suppose my dragonflies (I think the last is a damsel fly), sort of fit into this area - that one is at

with all the other dragonflies at

But you could always start a Flickr group - for Nature embroidery. Would be interesting to see what it produced. I loved your Moon Rock abd the Yeast - there must be more out there than just Field Mice????

Grangry said...

These are all great ideas! I#ll join in, whatever it is!

beche-la-mer said...

Here's another I found (via that fits into the science stitching category. It's a shame it's been vandalised!