The Colorful Exuberance of Laura Lees

Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

Welcome to Gear Threads, where we showcase artists who are elevating machine embroidery to new heights!

For Scottish designer Laura Lees, more is definitely more. Lees creates in a wide range of modes, from fashion to furniture to custom pieces and collaboration — but the one thing her work has in common is a joyful abundance of embroidery. Colorful freehand machine embroidery covers her creations, sometimes mingling with hand embroidery to create rich arrays of texture and color.


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