Reilly Case makes embroidery pieces that can be worn around your neck or hung on your wall. The self-taught embroiderer specializes in modern work with traditional techniques. With a background in creative arts, Case loves to experiment with new mediums and is currently enjoying reviving vintage materials.
Inspired to embroider by watching her grandmother working fabric and thread, which seemed like water through her hands, Case picked up a needle and an obsession began! “Embroidery became this mindful experience for me,” she writes on her website. “Something that made me feel uplifted but at ease. I’d become so connected to screens, to work, to getting it all done; embroidery was able to be the antithesis of that.”
“There’s something so very special about fabric that has been delicately hand embroidered,” she reflects. “Especially vintage pieces. Knowing the amount of time and love that has gone into it, I think seals it with a bit of magic. I fell deeply in love with the pieces but also the process: sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, a cat on the lap and a needle and thread in hand. It became such a mindful practice for me. Something that I genuinely need to do to feel centered.”
Now, just as grandmother had done before her, Case stitches her cares away. “If you are looking for something to give you a moment’s peace; Something to focus your thoughts when they are spinning and the world seems so busy, embroidery is a lovely place to start,” she writes.
Her modern hoop art and one of a kind jewelry pieces are sold on her Etsy shop, but you can also enjoy her work from afar by following her Instagram page.