Anatomical embroidery: lungs



This anatomical embroidery of the lungs was stitched not as a commission but for the joy of it and you can now own it too! It’s perfect for a lover of human anatomy as well as a specialist in respiratory therapy and surgery.

I chose to stitch this image because of the depth of detail and shading required to make it pop as well as the almost antique-y feel of the colours. The colours are more muted than those I usually opt-for which made them both fun to use and a challenge. I like to think I pulled it off.

Each anatomical embroidery I do is on a 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. If I get the chance, I’ll also dissect the organ itself (thanks to Ferris Mewler, my cat, who brings in her kill, and specialist online services). This means I can study the texture of the organs on which I’m working to try to replicate them in the stitching. My hoops are 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 hand stitched into place with felt. Each hoop takes several weeks to create and it’s a process that begins with basic colours upon which I build up the shading and other details. It’s extremely detailed work, where I often work single-stranded stitches just millimeters long but I hope you agree that it’s worth the effort.

I take commissions, of course, so am open to all sorts of suggestions (keep ’em clean). Several of the images you see on this site were suggested to me (and bought) by interested medics.

Just contact me [email protected] if you have any questions or requests and I’lll do my very best to help!


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