Anatomical embroidery: brain stem



My anatomical embroidery of the brain stem was stitched as a commission for a neuroscientist. It was a joy to stitch, not just because of the monocrhomatic nature of it but because the pops of colour were too gorgeous to resist.

Each anatomical embroidery I do is on an 8 or 9 inch embroidery hoop and each image is anatomically correct and done by hand as I work from a range of medical books and dissection manuals to get the details spot on. This means I can study the texture of the organs on which I’m working to try to replicate them in the stitching. Each hoop is worked with a mix of satin stitches, couching and French knots on calico, depending on the organs I am interpreting, and the backs of the hoops are covered with a complimentary colour of felt. Each hoop takes up to three months to create and it’s a process that begins with basic colours upon which I build up the shading and other details.

I take commissions, of course, so am open and willing to all sorts of suggestions. So far my work has been bought by surgeons and other clinicians so I must be doing something right!

Just contact me at if you have any questions or requests and I’ll do my best to help.


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