The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Teresa Lim’s Wanderlust


Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Teresa Lim is an embroidery artist from Singapore.

Teresa Lim - Sew Wanderlust Prague - Hand Embroidery

Sew Wanderlust is Teresa’s ongoing pet project to document her travels. It started in 2014 in Perth when  she was at the beach and she wanted to take a photo of the sunset but her phone has ran out of battery. She only had her craft supplies with her and she thought that maybe it would be great to embroider the scene instead. That was how “Sew Wanderlust” started.

Teresa Lim - Sew Wanderlust Charles Bridge, Prague - Hand Embroidery

“In her own words, she says ‘Embroidering a place instead of taking a photo makes so much of a difference. When you take a photo of a place, you don’t notice the small details. But when you draw or embroider, your eye picks out so much more detail that you wont usually notice. And after I complete a piece, I feel like I actually KNOW the place.”

Teresa Lim - Sew Wanderlust Singapore - Hand Embroidery

What a nice idea. Teresa says it takes her a couple of hours to stitch each piece and I can’t help but imagine that it’s a couple of hours very well spent. I’ve stitched on holiday before, but never had the thought of stitching my surroundings. Now it seems like that’s the only sensible thing to do…

Teresa Lim - Sew Wanderlust London - Hand Embroidery

Teresa recently graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore with a first class BA Hons degree in Fashion design and textiles and has already worked with big names like Swarovski, H&M and Harpers Bazaar. A visit to her website showcases the breadth of her work, which extends much further than Sew Wanderlust.

Teresa Lim - Sew Wanderlust Frankfurt - Hand Embroidery

However this was such a simple and elegant idea that it merited a post of its own. If you feel inspired to do something similar, be sure to contact us and tell us about it. Be also sure to visit Teresa’s website and enjoy an emerging talent as she grows and evolves.

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.


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