Amazing Kingfisher Bird Embroidery Looks Like A Photograph


At first glance, this dramatic scene of a kingfisher diving into the water might be mistaken for a photograph. But, look again. Everything is created using thread. The incredible image is the work of the embroiderers at XQ Vietnam, a group of embroiderers who create amazingly realistic artwork with just a needle and dental floss.

Using the thread embroidery technique, XQ Vietnam creates layers of stitches in a variety of colors to create tone and volume. This is illustrated on the kingfisher’s body, particularly on the back of his head and neck. Blues, grays and deep browns unite to create the delicate beards of the feathers. In addition, the direction of the wire makes a difference; the way the wire is laid reinforces the illusion that this bird is really diving underwater to catch a fish.

Creating this piece was a demanding task, but it is consistent with the craft. “The hardest part of embroidery is the details and the patience,” XQ Vietnam told My Modern Met. “I have to use the right color for each of the details and be patient with it. Not every time the embroidery is what I want, so I have to cut it out to sew that part back on.

If you are planning to give embroidery a try, don’t let the slowness of the process deter you. “Some works of art can take years, but as long as you appreciate it,” says XQ Vietnam, “anything will be possible”.

XQ Vietnam has created an amazing bird embroidery that looks like a photograph. Check out the details:

Detail of a kingfisher bird embroideryDetail of a kingfisher bird embroideryXQ Vietnam: Website | Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met has granted permission to show photos from XQ Vietnam.

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