How three Irish entrepreneurs got into the beauty industry

Grace McGettigan

5 Golden Globe-winning picks you should watch next

Jennifer McShane

The spring-ready trench coats to see you through to summer

Holly O'Neill

This Georgian home along the West Cork coast with 7 bedrooms, is on for €1.95...

Lauren Heskin

Lynn Enright: ‘I can’t shake the sense that the loneliness I feel is somehow my...

Lynn Enright

How to recreate Elle Fanning’s glowing skin from the Golden Globes

Holly O'Neill

WATCH: The first teaser for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview is here

Jennifer McShane

What’s on this week: Monday 1 – Friday 5, March

Holly O'Neill

Whip up some of your own Ballymaloe brown bread this week


Image / Editorial

The Irish embroiderers you should know about this year

by Megan Burns
02nd Jan 2020

Providing delicate yet often whimsical designs, here are our favourite Irish embroiderers that we think you should know about too. 

Once thought of as slightly old-fashioned, something genteel Victorian ladies did to fill their endless empty hours, embroidery is seeing something of a resurgence. People are putting a contemporary spin on this traditional craft, creating designs that are humorous, chic, and even political.

With a number of Irish embroiderers creating amazing work, here are some of our favourites.

Sorcha O’Raw  

Specialising in a type of embroidery called goldwork, which uses metal thread that is wrapped around a fibre core to create a raised effect, Sorcha O’Raw has been getting attention for her series of iconic Irish foods.

Kerrygold, Tayto, and Brennans have all made it onto her list so far, and she’s currently working on Barry’s, although plans to diplomatically move on to Lyons. Check out the January/February issue of Image Interiors & Living for an interview with Sorcha about her work.

Domino Whisker 

Irish embroiderers

Domino Whisker spent much of her childhood in LA, but returned to Ireland, and her work shows influences of both places. Her designs lean towards the minimalist, but often hold a deeper meaning. Pieces on her online shop often disappear fast, but she also has two enamel pins of her designs, if you can’t get your hands on her embroidery.

Ursula Burke

Ursula Burke is an Irish artist who works with sculpture, embroidery, drawing and photography. Much of her recent work explores politicians and their abuses of power. Depicting modern politicians in embroidery, inspired by a Baroque style, is suggestive of an ideal version of society unravelling.

Roberta Marina

Irish embroiderers
Photo: Ruth Kelly

Northern Irish embroiderer Roberta learned to sew from her grandmother, and has taken the medium to her own place, using it to express a whole range of quirky designs. She has a range of pieces for sale on her Etsy store, and also does commissions.

Chloe Jo

Focusing on embroidery patterns, kits and workshops, Sligo-based Chloe Jo helps people create embroidery on their own. She sells patterns as well as full embroidery kits, to get you started on your way to producing your own work of art.

Read more: Stylist Kate O’Dowd of Love & Gatherings on the books she pulls out for festive entertaining inspiration

Read more: Bedroom bits under €50 that’ll have you ready for bedtime

Read more: Want to #shopIrish but don’t know where to look? Start with these independent interiors shops

Also Read

The 12 steps to surviving Christmas

Hire cleaners, have one party to rule them all, and...

By Laurence Mackin

essay collections
6 brilliant essay collections for when you can’t commit to a whole book

Time these days is a contradiction.  Slow-moving, yet somehow passing...

By Jennifer McShane

Christmas cost
What I Spend at Christmas: The 37-year-old digital marketer earning €25k who isn’t buying presents for her siblings

Christmas cost the average Irish family €2,700 over the festive...


The grown up guide to wearing glitter lips

If Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel and Nars tell you...

By Holly O'Neill

5 classic movies you must watch during the festive season

Jennifer McShane celebrates the classic films of her childhood that made...

By Jennifer McShane

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

Siobhan Kearney murder: ‘People have suggested I move on. But I can’t. You cannot be expected to forget a life force’

“He strangled my sister. He tried to disguise it as...

By Amanda Cassidy

‘Watching the Christmas shopping rush, it’s easy to feel like if you aren’t spoiling your kids, you’re doing it wrong’

I will not get caught up in the Christmas drama....

By Amanda Cassidy