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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidery Inspiration!


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WOW. If you have not checked out this website, it’s a must, for a lot of reasons, but most especially for one of the most enchanting examples of an embroidered face that you may ever see!

Maria del Valle’s websites focus on needlework and her other creative interests, which include drawing and painting. Her main site, AlarTTex, is in Spanish, but she runs a parallel site in English and French, AlarTTis, and she also has the option to translate on her main site.

Her embroidery and needlework are really inspirational – but what caught my eye, and has been floating around in my head ever since I saw it, is her Da Vinci angel, in blackwork.

Blackwork Angel by Maria del Valle

It’s not uncommon to see embroidered faces, but usually we see them worked in long and short stitch, split stitch, and so forth. But when you see one like this in shades of crimson, done in blackwork, with such detail, you can’t help being mesmerized by it!

If you view the picture at AlarTTex, you can click on the image for a larger version. The eyes are amazing!

Visit Maria’s websites to enjoy other beautiful works of art! She is amazingly talented, and I think you’ll really enjoy your visit.


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  1. Dear Mary
    I am really excited to read this post, very excited, that someone like you, that makes much for the embroidery, and mentioned to me of that way on your website.
    I have not words!, simply thank you very much. This encourages me to continue becoming more and face new works that are already in my mind.
    A kiss

  2. Wow. Amazingly fine embroidery. So many talented people in this world. Marie del Valle has taken her skills to a level most people can only hope to achieve.

    Thank you also Mary for the wonderful link to ARC. I have just spent the past hour looking at the paintings.

  3. Hi Mary, it’s a beautiful work you posted. It really inspires me as well, and makes me wonder how you think Maria made the (blackwork?) pattern. Is there special software to do that, i mean to assign the various stitchpatterns to the specific areas..?

    Well maybe i should just ask her myself 🙂 Thanks for showing it to us.

    But ofcourse the biggest compliment goes to you, Maria!

  4. Ah Mary! I have been watching this develop on Maria’s site and think that it is just amazing.

    Maria, I am very excited to see your future projects but first I would very much like to see you finish this angle. I check back frequently to see how you are progressing.

    I’m coming over to comment directly on your blog right now.


  5. I, too, spend much time cruising Maria’s beautiful web site – amazing work, she does, and also her friends. Great way, too, for practicing my very rusty Spanish.

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