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The Starry Night

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.


Arguably one of the most recognizable works of art in the world, this painting is what inspired my mom as a child to become an artist. We see it on mugs, posters, t-shirts and notecards… What about an embroidered version? The below article (original post here) just goes to show that this image from Van Gogh’s brain is just as beautiful in its fiber version as it is in paint. Anyone up for a knitted version?

Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ Rendered in Thread by Lauren Spark 



Self-taught embroidery artist Lauren Spark was asked by her mother to create an embroidery of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Over the next month, Spark spent almost 60 hours working on the piece, using the Google Cultural Institute’s website to explore extremely high resolution views of the iconic painting to better mimic the strokes of paint, stitch by stitch (double-click the painting on Google’s site, the level of detail is incredible). The final piece is a surprisingly faithful interpretation, full of motion and color much like the original.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. jennifer #

    Amazing! thank you Tanis for including all fiber and stitchery on your blog!!! a
    A copy of this is on my wall at work!

    October 21, 2015
  2. Joyce #

    If you design the Starry Night, I’ll knit it. I’m very much enjoying making The Idea of North Cowl. Colorwork is so much fun!

    October 21, 2015
  3. Wow. That embroidery piece is gorgeous. I’m also wowed by that Google page. I didn’t even know that existed. It’s amazing how close up the views are. You can even see the blank canvas between brush strokes in many places. Amazing.

    October 21, 2015
  4. That is incredible. Thank you for sharing, this is just lovely.

    October 21, 2015
  5. Gorgeous. Yes, Starry Night has always been a favorite, first as an Astronomy person, now as a Doctor Who fan. I do love how she captured the brushstrokes.

    October 21, 2015
  6. Great job

    October 31, 2015

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