3D embroidery designs look like real British food products

Artists and artisans around the world have used the humble needle and thread for centuries. Embroidery is an ancient art, but today’s artists perpetuate the textile technique in their own way. British embroiderer Youmeng Liu is a creative who pushes the boundaries of the profession. She creates food-inspired 3D embroidery designs that look real enough to eat.

Liu embarked on a mission to make 301 “embroidered edibles” using her new 3D punch needle technique. Using a custom needle, she pushes the colored yarn into the base fabric to slowly build the three-dimensional textile ingredient. She then uses scissors to artistically carve and sculpt the final shapes. From sausages and bacon to broccoli and watermelon, Liu is able to craft any food with hyper-realistic texture and color. Even her textile toast looks perfectly golden.

Liu grew up in southwest China, but since living in London she has clearly developed an appreciation for British cuisine. Many of her embroidery designs feature British classics, such as Yorkshire puddings, baked beans and even a full English fry. Scrolling through her impressive portfolio will surely make you hungry!

Check out some of Liu Embroidered Edibles below and follow her on instagram for more. As of this writing, she has completed 19 out of 301 designs, so there are still plenty of lovely designs to see in the future.

British embroidery artist Youmeng Liu creates food-inspired 3D embroidery designs that look real enough to eat.

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She embarked on a mission to create 301 “embroidered edibles” using her new 3D punch needle technique.

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