Martha Stewart Embroidered Portrait

Last summer I fell in love with an embroidered portrait of Martha Stewart I spied around Flickr and on the Adorn magazine blog. It was created by one of my favorite crafters, Erika Kern of My Imaginary Boyfriend. I finally got a chance to see it in person at the November 2007 edition of Felt Club, where Erika was a vendor. She told me she displayed it at shows as an example of her custom portrait work, so it would be traveling to all the holiday shows with her. We talked and talked and much to my delight, she agreed to sell it to after she was done with the craft fair circuit. She hand-delivered Martha to me last week and I’m more in love than ever with this incredible portrait, which will always have a special place in my craft room!
Here’s Erika’s description of the piece, cribbed from her blog:

Here is the Martha of my mind, birds fly above her, spelling out her favorite line “It’s a good thing” below her, flowers and spools of thread in her signature green. To finish the piece I framed her in “faux bois” (French for fake wood, Martha loves faux bois!) hand painted felt. The whole piece measures 16″ by 18″ and is cotton floss embroidery and wool felt appliqé on wool felt. Stitches used: Chain stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, and French knots.

Visit the My Imaginary Boyfriend site for info on Erika’s work and to contact her for commissioned portraiture. For more detail shots of this piece, visit my Flickr stream. Link.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!
Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

View more articles by Jenny Ryan


Ready to dive into the realm of hands-on innovation? This collection serves as your passport to an exhilarating journey of cutting-edge tinkering and technological marvels, encompassing 15 indispensable books tailored for budding creators.

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).