Anatomical embroidery: eyeball sagittal section



When I was asked to do a sagittal section of an eyeball for an eye specialist I got very excited. I knew that I’d need to use very fine stitches to replicate the fluid inside the structure and, if I say it myself I think I achieved it. I also loved the chance to create an image that looked as if it was actually peeling off the hoop.

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. Hoops take 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 in increasingly fine stitches.

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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