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Silk Heart:
The Hand Embroidery of
Tetyana Samojlenko

Angel Quilt

by Bailey Wolff


Traditional Ukrainian embroidery, called vishivka, dates back hundreds of years and is used mainly as an expressive way to decorate clothing, towels, and home décor items. Tetyana Samojlenko—known as Tanya to her friends—is an extraordinary embroiderer from Ukraine, a former satellite country of the Soviet Union, whose work has its foundation in this colorful craft. A true innovator, however, Tanya goes beyond vishivka to produce her own unique art. Her embroidery, which is more modern and reflective of an independent spirit, provides her with new ways to be creative.

See the August/September 2013 issue to read the full article.