The Colourful Applique Embroidery Of Alli Coate


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Alli Coate is an extremely talented artist, working over several different media including illustration, typography and embroidered applique.

Alli Coate Feist

She is adept at painting, drawing and animation, but it is her embroidered works that really get me excited.

Alli Coate Left Out Applique

She produces wonderful pieces – applique work, embroidered text, multi-layered stitchery marvels.

Alli Coate Transparency Embroidery

There is a terrific diversity to her work, yet it is underpinned by a quiet charm. Even “Domestic Violence”, twelve embroidery pieces in a refurbished window frame, is softened by the palette of muted tones and quaint fabrics.

Alli Coate Domestic Violence Embroidery

Alli is an obvious talent, and the breadth of her output is admirable. I am always excited to see what she produces next, secure in the knowledge it will stir my soul.

Alli Coate Emily Dickinson Embroidered Words

You find out more about her at her website, get to know her better on her blog, and admire her creativity by visiting her Instagram.


What Technique Is This?

This is appliqué, one of the most popular way of using fabric to create textile art. There are a few types of appliqué that you can try, and if you need help starting we recommend the Royal School of Needlework’s book.

Appliqué is different to patchwork, in case you were wondering, and if you want some appliqué inspiration, here are some posts to check out!

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    Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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