BOTW Lover's Pond embroidery
Image: syd.stitch

Embroidery is very cool right now. Maybe it's the pandemic, maybe it's just that we're all desperately in search of a skill that will make us feel creative in an era in which our creativity is constantly monetised and turned into labour. Or maybe it's just that making things with pretty thread colours is fun! Who knows!

One of the most exciting trends in embroidery is the 3D effect — making artwork look like it is more than just thread on fabric. It's an extremely difficult technique that requires a lot of skill, and embroidery is already tricky enough as it is, but artist and threadmaster syd.stitch has it locked down.

Syd.stitch's work includes a lot of anime references, especially to the works of Studio Ghibli — she's stitched scenes from Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and Howl's Moving Castle — but she says that "I embroider the stories I love," which also includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The first Zelda piece that she posted was a landscape, showing BOTW's iconic Dueling Peaks:

Her latest piece is a stunning recreation of Lover's Pond, but instead of featuring the lovers from the game, Wabbin and Perda, the person looking in the pond is Link. And who does Link love? His friends, the Champions from his past. Excuse us while we do a little cry.

But finishing the piece came second to having a bit of fun. The 3D Link figurine went on a few little adventures before getting to the pond...

You can purchase Syd.stitch's embroidery pieces as prints and stickers on her website.

Have you been getting into embroidery, or any other crafting, during the pandemic? Let us know in the comments!