Since we're all stuck at home now, I picked up hand embroidery recently because I was sick of looking at screens all day. It's a time-consuming activity, sure, but one that is also super relaxing.
And while I was looking around for inspiration for my new quarantine hobby, I stumbled upon @ipnot on Instagram, and my jaw dropped.
For example, this one of a pizza slice needs to be framed in a museum somewhere.
According to her profile, "Ipnot" is a childhood nickname that the artist goes by. When I reached out to her on Instagram, she told me that she originally got into embroidery because it was her grandmother's hobby.
Her favorite stitch is the French knot, which is equally feared and revered in the embroidery world.
I have to admit: Many of her creations made me do double takes because they just look so realistic.
I mean, just look at these coffee bubbles!
Sometimes her work looks better than the real thing.
And I'm astounded at how much detail goes into these pieces.
Here I am, struggling to keep my satin stitches straight, and then there's this perfectly embroidered chocolate chip cookie.
I literally have no words.
Also, I don't know about you, but I'm oddly hungry now.
@ipnot has also done some non-food-related pieces, and they're just as breathtaking.
And Harry Potter ones, too!
It's just so impressive how @ipnot always manages to create something beautiful out of something so simple.
I'm jealous of this talent, but it also gives me something to aspire to.