3D embroidery designs celebrate the delicate beauty of winged insects

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With their delicate shapes and iridescent colors, insects are perfect subjects for arts and crafts projects. embroiderer Megan Zaniewski is a creative who celebrates the beauty of insects. She creates handmade embroidery designs with three-dimensional wings.

Zaniewski uses the faded embroidery technique when she makes her creations by hand. It involves sewing over upholstery, wiring, and other elements to create 3D textile designs that are lifted from the fabric. Zaniewski uses fine jewelry wire to sculpt the shape of each wing, then fills in the shape using a combination of long and short stitches. The talented textile artist then embroiders the insect’s 2D body onto the fabric with painterly stitches.

From bumblebees to butterflies, each finished design showcases the fragile beauty of insect wings. In one piece, Zaniewski uses rainbow-colored thread to sew the Madagascan sunset butterfly. And in another, she uses sparkly tulle fabric for dragonfly wings. Each beautiful insect is mounted inside decorative frames, ready to display on a wall.

When she’s not sewing insects, Zaniewski uses colored thread to make portraits of other animals. Check out some of his creations below and discover even more at instagram.

Megan Zaniewski handcrafts insect-inspired embroidery designs with three-dimensional wings.

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She uses the technique of stumpwork embroidery, which consists of sewing on wire frames.

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When not creating textile insects, Zaniewski creates other creatures in her distinct embroidery style.

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All images via Megan Zaniewski. Art submitted via #mymodernmet on Instagram.

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