Buckinghamshire-born, Oxford-based illustrator Chloe Giordano creates amazing embroideries of tiny little animals. And what’s more, each miniature woodland creature is stitched completely by hand; no machines to be seen here:
Despite being barely bigger than the size of a thimble, each embroidery takes some time to complete, mainly due to the complex thread combinations Chloe uses, but also to the fact she’s one busy gal:
“It’s always quite hard for me to say how long something took because I tend to work on more than one thing at once, as well as having another job and generally wandering around with cups of tea. I completed the deer over a month and a half; if I’m honest I’d have liked to have it done in half that time but I kept stopping and picking up other things.”
Chloe graduated from the University of the West of England in 2011 with a degree in illustration but “just picked up a needle and started trying stuff out” after finding traditional embroidery methods less enjoyable.
As for her technique? The method itself is fairly simple, just pretty labour intensive, using a straight stitch repeated over and over, as well as working from her beautiful detailed drawings.
While Chloe sadly isn’t currently selling any of her animal embroideries, we hope to see her (rather empty looking) Etsy shop come to life again soon *hint hint*. Meanwhile, you can follow her progress on her Tumblr and Facebook pages.
Anyone else got embroidery envy? Comment below or tweet us @EtsyUK!