Sarah K. Benning’s intricate embroideries are in full bloom. Inspired by interior design trends, a love for Midcentury design, antique textiles, and her own potted plant collection, her pieces focus mainly on houseplants.
The New Hampshire-based artist works primarily from home, with each of her pieces beginning first as a drawing before being hand-stitched carefully by Benning. In this way, the thread becomes more like ink or paint than traditional embroidery, which accentuates the bold shapes, patterns, and color in the compositions.
“Every piece takes a great deal of time,” wrote the artist on her website. “I remain purposefully ignorant of the exact hour count that goes into each embroidery, but it’s safe to say they all take many, many hours. I usually work on several pieces at once, shifting between them as I change colors or need a break. This way I don’t lose interest in what I am doing and have more time to make color and pattern decisions.”
Check out some of our favorite works of hers and be sure to follow her Instagram page for more.