My anatomical embroidery of the female reproductive system was a must for a feminist like me. Apart from that it’s perfect for embroidery because it involves so many textures including those of the ovaries, vaginal rugae and broad ligament.
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 [email protected] if you have any questions or requests and I’ll do my best to help.