If you've been thinking about having a family portrait made, but you're looking to go a somewhat non-traditional route, we are loving these custom embroidered pieces by artist Amy Rubin. Working from photos, Amy communicates with her clients by phone or email to get to know her subjects before beginning each one-of-a-kind portrait.
We asked Amy where she found the inspiration to render these heirloom-quality portraits in thread:
I started doing embroidery when I became a mom and needed to find artwork I could literally drop to the floor as I dove to catch a wobbly toddler. And I started doing family portraits because... well... having a kid does that to you, doesn't it? It made family and ancestry increasingly precious – and fascinating – to me.
I did my first piece while staying with my parents. Their guest bedroom is filled with old family photos, and I'd be lying there nursing my babe, staring at some of them, thinking how great they were, how I'd love to spend some time with these photos...
After chatting with her clients, Amy creates a drawing based on the photo provided, which she then sends to the client for approval before beginning the embroidery process. Each piece takes about 2-3 weeks, from start to finish.
Prices for custom embroidered portraits start at $200. To find out more, contact Amy by email or through her blog, The Forgotten Things. You can also see more examples of her work in other media via Flickr.