The wonderful thing about embroidery is that perhaps more than any other form of needlework, it’s pure art. You can bring any image you like to live with enough space and creativity, and while a lot of people stick to short messages, simple patterns and the like, there’s something to be said for pushing boundaries. Particularly if you, like me, have an interest in pop culture and entertainment, there are all sorts of inspiration to be found out in the world for stunning embroidery images.
Mind you, you may run into problems if you try to sell anything you embroider with an image from pop culture. But just for a challenge, or for a personal project, these are some fun ideas for embroidery inspiration of this sort.
It’s hard to think of anything visual that can have more of a lasting impact on pop culture. An iconic album cover can stand the test of time and remain emblematic of a major artist, genre, or even entire era for decades on end. Of course, if you take up this idea there will be a certain appeal to sticking to album covers related to your own favorite artists or bands, and you can have a lot of fun stitching your own version of those. However, this list of some of the most iconic album covers of all time can also be a fun place to start. Something like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” can make for an intriguing but surprisingly easy project, whereas taking on The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is a daunting task.
Red Carpet Images
If you really love pop culture, chances are you enjoy a red carpet event now and then. These tend to get quite a bit of air time on television these days, not to mention they inspire countless image-filled write-ups of best dresses, best looks, etc. Capturing a human being in embroidery is always difficult, but you can still replicate the setting, the carpet itself, and the general look of a favorite celebrity or best look, and the result can be quite artistic. There are innumerable red carpet looks to go back and consider, but by the most recent examples, from the 2019 Golden Globes, we’d say some of the black-and-white looks would be fun to try (note Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, and more).
A film scene can be an absolutely wonderful idea for a challenging embroidery project, as it can allow you to capture your favorite moment, or the most beautiful moment, from any given movie. These days it’s actually fairly common to see write-ups of the most beautiful shots from cinema in any given year, which can also give you plenty of inspiration to go off of. For the past year, images from films like Black Panther, First Man, and The Favourite stand out in particular.
Athletes In Action
Image courtesy: Los Angeles Lakers
Sports are a bit of an offshoot of pop culture, but will still be intriguing to plenty of people, and can make for some very fun embroidery projects. At the moment, during the winter, American professional basketball is about the most interesting thing going on in the sports world, and this rundown of contenders in the NBA should give you a good idea of some of the players and teams to look out for exciting and recognizable images. Great shooters like Stephen Curry and James Harden in motion and phenomenal athletes like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo in action can give you some really incredible images to work with.
If you’re interested in more of the consumer side of modern pop culture, you can also have some fun – and get some great practice – simply embroidering logos and the like. That can mean the famous emblems of major tech companies or retailers, the store logos for prominent apps or computer programs, or whatever else interests you. There are unlimited options in this category, and many of them can make for slightly easier projects than some of what’s mentioned above, while still providing a creative challenge.