Tammy Kanat


That’s it, I want to be Tammy Kanat when I grow up. I’m amazed that after 11 years of Design Crush I have yet to feature her incredible weavings – it’s clearly time to remedy that. Kanat is a Melbourne-based textile artist who is constantly practicing innovation through her designs. Each piece feels intuitive, organic, and original, and I can’t help but smile when I look at one.







Caroline Kaufman


When you grow up in West Virginia, a quilting and crafting hotspot, you quickly realize that clothing is a wearable canvas. Caroline Kaufman‘s tactile treasures are based on found beauty and the quirkiness of small treasures, her garments are known for their experimental textiles, hand painted prints, use of color, and all around playfulness. So much personality!








Joy Dilworth


Joy Dilworth‘s textile sculptures and objects have my jaw on the floor this morning. By using soft materials and textile techniques, she taps into universal memories via the experience of touch. Dilworth expresses meaning through her careful consideration of materials and the processes she uses to manipulate them.






The Boucharouite Project


The Boucharouite Project is a collection of rugs by CALLA that feature workmanship, creativity, and resourcefulness. It all began when Paris-based designer Calla Haynes was inspired to seek out artisans in Morocco to explore the space between European luxury and berber craft. Boucharouite rugs are traditionally handmade from old clothes and scrap fabrics, and Calla was determined to find a useful reuse for her large collection of fabrics. Cotton, wool, silk, crepe, and jersey textiles are printed with her original designs, and the resulting collection of thirteen one of a kind rugs speak for themselves.








A Resurgence of Embroidery


Katerina Marchenko

The Russian textile designer hand-stitches nature-inspired designs onto tulle fabric, creating the most mesmerizing floating illusions. Some of Marchenko’s embroidery designs are embellished with sequins, beads, and metallic thread. Once each design is complete the embroidery hoop is removed and she incorporates her work into handmade garments.



Sol Kesseler

Argentinian embroidery artist Sol Kesseler (AKA Bugambilo) creates detailed portraits with some impressive stitching. Usually starting from pencil drawings, she uses black thread to outline and create high contrast portraits. Textured details are added with varying weights of thread and a wide variety of stitches.



Olga Prinku

Though not creating embroidery per se, Olga Prinku is a UK-based maker using embroidery hoops to create art from wool, flowers, and other bits and pieces of her life. Dried flowers play a prominent role on her art, being woven into nearly every material and form that can handle them.



Krista Decor

Russian embroidery artist Krista Decor also hand-stitches her designs onto tulle. She learned how to make what she refers to as “real haute couture embroidery” using tulle during an internship at a fashion-house in Russia. Nature-inspired designs with flowers, leaves, and birds are her primary motifs. Krista mostly uses cotton and wool embroidery threads of various thicknesses and textures, but she also embellishes her work with silk ribbon, beads, pearls, and natural stones.



Tessa Perlow

One of my favorites, Tessa Perlow mainly embroiders on clothing. I’d love to add a piece of hers to my closet, but she sells out rather quickly. The hoops she does create are thoughtful and and full of color and texture.


Kilometre Paris


Kilometre takes extremely vintage shirts and uses them as a canvas to express a love of travel. Hand embroidery reveals elusive locales that may or may not be the hotspots of tomorrow through maps, sketches, and coordinates. All of Kilometre’s garments come with a passport matching the destination of the product with a booklet about the brand and its history.







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Tuija Heikkinen


A textile designer and arts & crafts teacher from Finland, Tuija Heikkinen uses traditionally crocheted objects to create assemblages that feel fresh and forward. By stacking, arranging, and layering individually stitched pieces she manages to tell sweet little stories in a very thoughtful way.









Some of the most intriguing artists in history have gone by a single name, and some of them are a mystery behind their own monicker. Check out the work of ThreadStories. She creates the most incredible masks out of traditional materials that have the most beautifully terrifying effect on viewers.







Sarah Greaves


A vibrant installation of ancient Armenian images, embroidered wooden scupltures, zoomorphic creatures, and soundscapes. A collection that uses embroidery to vandalize everyday objects with emotive, political, and thoughtful text. A pseudo kitchen where fridges, doors, food, and sinks become the canvases for hidden thoughts. Sarah Greaves elevates everything she touches to the next level of thought and emotion.






Too Legit to Quilt


Aside from having a brilliant tongue-in-cheek shop name, Dre McLeod of Too Legit to Quilt creates some super badass custom patches and textiles. You can opt for a patch on its own or even buy a jacket. She uses mostly repurposed fabrics, and the garments are always purchased secondhand which I definitely applaud.