Couple Uses Embroidery to Immortalize European Architecture

Charles Henry and Elin Petronella, a Franco-Swedish couple, travel across Europe in search of the continent’s finest architectural achievements. From the colorful streets of Copenhagen to the modernist architecture of Barcelona, each project symbolizes or highlights a part of history and is later immortalized in embroidery.

To this day, Charles and Elin’s ever-growing collection consists of textile versions of popular monuments such as Gaudí’s Casa Batllo, in which each colorful mosaic is reproduced with a variety of embroidery stitches. Other creations present contours of streets in a black thread while the central subject stands out for its colors: a London telephone booth in its emblematic red hue, the Lisbon tramway in yellow etc.

For those who wish to reproduce these creations, the scheme of Charles and Elin’s embroidery is provided in PDF format on their site.

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ANNOUNCEMENT ❤️ @_charleshenry_ and I decided to close down the artwork section in our shop in the preparation for a big opening of new work in mid 2019. (Patterns and courses will still be there) If you're an art collector and interested in the upcoming launch of new work you can follow the link in my description and join our collector list 💕 Apologise for this sudden change, thus if you've been eyeing a piece for a while please send us a DM or email with your inquiry within the next 24 hrs to get a chance on it 🍀We've been thinking about this for a while and have been dragging to pull the trigger. But as I've spoken about in previous posts, there is never really a good timing for anything. It's just up to you to decide when that perfect timing is and go for it. Sending you all our love this Monday for you to have a great week. Perhaps with a new artpiece on your wall? 🎨 The piece you see in this picture is one of my favourites from this year. It's the majestic Villa Thérèse in Arcachon in South West of France, absolutely a must-visit on your next stay in France!

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I remember when we released our first online course as if it was yesterday. It was the beginning of 2018 and @_charleshenry_ and I were living in the South West of France and had just started working full time with our art. We were nerve wracked of how it would turn out. Would we make it? Would people like our course? . Today more than 100 creatives have taken the Les Volcans Masterclass alone (The design you see in the picture). It's incredible and has motivated us to create a stronger foundation for more courses to come, which is what you can see with charlesandelinacademy.com 🍀 . Even though we've come far on the outside it's still just as nerve wracking on the inside even though we know that our content is of high value. I think it will always be like this regardless of the situation. The biggest lesson we've learnt by experience is that you will never succeed unless you give it a full-hearted try and dare to do mistakes ❤ . During the first hours of the launch, we had a price bug that prevented purchases to come through properly, thankfully it has all been fixed and the real bundle price of $79 (not $179) is now up and running through the end of the launch on Sunday! . So if you've ever thought of trying out embroidery, NOW is the perfect time to do it. You can access the courses via the link in my profile @petronella.art ☺️ . I would love to hear your experiences of being nervous of how your content will be received!?🙏🏻

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This is the first design I’ve made where the original inspiration is in movement… from experience the yellow tram (number 53E) only goes up the hill every 30 minutes (though if it doesnt matter which color of tram you will be able to catch a ride with just a 15 minute interval in case you’re considering to visit this particular street of Lisbon😉) I also know now from experience that we probably should have looked up the time table before heading there over-excited to snap the picture haha😅 though I think it was worth the wait in the end 🚃😍👌🏻 what do you think? 🌸 If you’d also like to embroidery this design its one of two patterns that is sent out to all subscribers through the end of October in our monthly pattern program 😍 My husband @_charleshenry_ has designed the second one and you can see it over at his account 😘 just follow the link in my bio @petronella.art or My stories for registration and get started stitching!

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This week Charles and I are back in the city where we met, lived and started our artistic endeavours together… Paris! ❤️ To come back to a place helps to give perspective on all the things you've accomplished in the time you were gone. It's too easy to get stuck in your thoughts and not take a step back for a greater overview. This is the same for my embroideries of architecture. To sometimes take a step back and look up at the magnificent buildings you have around you gives you a unique perspective of the city and its history. For example, this building on Rue Rembrandt in the 8th arrondissement is just next to Parc Monceau, which was first built in 1778 by Philippe d'Orleans, the cousin of King Louis XVI. For every stitch I think and imagine all the things that the walls of this building must have seen and heard. In fact, embroidering a building adds yet another perspective that allows you to go deeper into the history and understanding of the structures that is invaluable 🌸 . . . #whpperspective #embroidery #handembroidery #paris #parisart #worldofartists #goodmorningart #worldofart #broderie #bordado #streetart #architectureart #architecturelover

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Before we left Gothenburg this morning I had time to take a little Walk back to this Lovely area for the final picture of my August design 😍 it will always be a sweet souvenir as I will remember this design from the last month as a fiancé 😉 . The area is located next to the Botanical Garden and I highly recommend those visiting the city to have a tour there! . This pattern is still available if you’d like to have it as well, for those who don’t live in Sweden but wish to go it might be a fun project to aim to visit one day ☺️ just follow the link in my bio —> monthly pattern 😘 . I wish you a Lovely end of the week wherever you are! . . #gothenburg #sweden #göteborg #handembroidery #broderie #bordado #streetart #dmcthreads #embroidery #needlework #artiste #artistcouple #änggården #handmade #hoopart #artistoninsta #goodmorningart #worldofartists #worldofart #artislove

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