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Embroidery artist Karen Barbe

Karen Barbé

Karen Barbé is a designer, embroiderer, author, and educator based between Santiago (Chile) and Chicago (US).

Karen translates evocative worlds of home, traditional crafts and comfort into textile surfaces through embroidery. Karen’s first book “Colour Confident Stitching” (Pimpernel Press, 2017) presents a simple and hands-on method for understanding color and encouraging readers to create their own palettes for stitch projects.

She regularly hosts workshops where she teaches hand embroidery techniques in different levels.

Karen Barbé for Joone: Paper Embroidery

We love Karen's fresh color palettes and her explorations of embroidery on non-traditional surfaces. Her Paper Embroidery Kits combine these elements in a fresh take on modern needlework.
Pencil case in Autumn
Notebook in Winter
Affirmation cards in Rainbow

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photos by Karen Barbé