Dried Flowers In A Hand Embroidered Vase – Leah Nikolaou

dried flower and embroidery art
hand embroidered jug and pressed flower art in frame.

Dried Flowers In A Hand Embroidered Vase

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Hand Embroidered Wall Art

If you love textural vintage jugs and preserved flowers, look no further as this mixed media artwork may be for you!  Flower pressing expert and hand embroiderer Leah Nikolaou creates unique pieces using her signature mix of materials, pressed flowers and wool. 


This piece of mixed media artwork is A4 in size and is a one off original piece.  The sculptural garden perennial london pride (saxifraga x urbium) adorns the hand embroidered jug in it’s pressed dried state.  Little pink, red and white accents pop beautifully from the darker botanical branches.  The definite outlines are in stark contrast to the soft feathery hand embroidery that adorns the jug but they meet in a harmonious union.  The hand embroidery has been worked freehand with double and single strands of 4ply kid silk wool using various embroidery stitches.  

Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide  x 297mm high

Frame is not included!


This method of displaying botanical pressings takes inspiration from herbarium collections archived by the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.  Specifically one 17th Century Botanist called George Clifford who presented his pressed flowers, specimens from his travels in little 2D paper urns and vases.  Leah decided to bring you the same concept whilst also adding embroidery to her paper vessels three centuries later!  

The hand embroidery harks back to the hand-craftsmanship of 17th Century England when crafts were skilled and treasured and passed down through generations as heir looms.  Leah makes each of her pieces with longevity and a sense of value been at their core. 


Embroidering into paper can be precarious with no room for error so these pieces are carefully crafted, slowly.  The flowers are pressed using tradition flower pressing methods which take weeks, sometimes months to achieve the papery fine refinement Leah looks for.  The hand embroidery is stitched free hand using long and short satin stitches as well as a whipped backstitch.


Leah Nikolaou enjoys works from her home and garden in rural Somerset where she grows many of the flowers she uses in her artwork.  Browse her whole collection of pressed flower art.