Tragic Heroines and Ghoulish Creatures by Memorial Stitches

Embroidery of a woman riding on a broomstick
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Carrie Violet, aka Memorial Stitches, creates delicate drawings in thread. Completely self-taught, her embroidery is the culmination of her studies in fashion design and illustration. The small scenes, stitched only with black floss, feature macabre women, ghoulish bats, and are inspired by the “Victorian sentiment.” In an interview, Violet explains, “I’m drawn to both the darkness and light in literature and art.” Folklore is also an influence. “I’ve always be drawn to tales of tragic ghostly heroines. Drowning in lakes after being jilted by lovers and riding horses headless through leafy trails.”

Embroidery of a woman bat Embroidery of a faceless woman
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Embroidery of a bat holding a skull


Embroidery of a cat holding a skull Embroidery of a spider Embroidery of a bat holding a coffin
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Sara is a Baltimore, Maryland-based blogger and illustrator. She's obsessed with finding the latest and greatest in illustration, which she shares through her blog, Brown Paper Bag. Offline, Sara enjoys embroidering flowers and foods that she's eaten and enjoyed. Follow the author @ Instagram , Twitter, Facebook and view more articles.

October 30, 2017 Art Dark Art Embroidery Skulls