Artist Uses Needle and Thread to Create Realistically Embroider Hair

Floor Giebels - Hair Embroidery

Whether it's a messy bun, a simple braid, or a decisive flip, embroidery artist Floor Giebels is inspired by the movement and color of hair. A recurring theme in her work is an image of a woman with her back toward the viewer, which allows Giebels to focus her creative energy on the hair. Using layers of thread to create depth and shading, her embroidery masterfully shows off the creative possibilities of the technique.

The results are embroidery pieces that focus on women in different environments. And because we don't see their faces, we can often put ourselves in their shoes. Whether we imagine they are wistful dreamers or powerful and determined, the women in Giebels' work leave us wanting more.

Giebels often uses printed fabrics as the canvas for her embroidery, which allows her to focus her energies on the figures in each piece. This interesting and unique style is something that she teaches in her online embroidery class with My Modern Met Academy. In her class, Intermediate Embroidery: Getting Creative with Printed Fabric, she takes students step by step through her creative process. By watching her create two projects on printed fabric, one of which focuses heavily on realistically rendering hair, students will learn how to use their threads to produce different textures.

Due to the use of printed fabrics, Giebels' technique allows students to create a fully realized composition in a short time. This can be a relief to anyone who loves embroidery but doesn't want to lose themselves in a project that takes months. To see all the creative possibilities, check out more of Giebels' stunning hair embroidery below and then take the plunge and enroll in her course.

Embroidery artist Floor Giebels creates magnificent embroidery that often focuses on women and their hair.

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By layering threads, she is able to achieve the depth and shading required to render hair realistically.

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In the online embroidery class she teaches on My Modern Met Academy, she shares her tips and tricks.


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Over numerous lessons, students will see how she skillfully uses printed fabric in her compositions and how she deftly embroiders hair.

Online Embroidery Class with Floor Giebels

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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