Humayrah Bint Altaf

UK-based embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf began her studies in the world of fashion but discouragement quickly brought her back to her first love, embroidery, with much of her intricate work inspired by the natural world. On Sisters Magazine she writes this about herself:

“I began embroidering at the age of 14 after seeing my grandma lovingly make crocheted gifts for friends and family,” says Humayrah. “I have fond memories of spending my school holidays in her home. The duck egg blue walls, hand-dyed silk saris that neatly lined her wardrobe, even the soft floral scent of her saris are still fresh in my mind. It was here that my heart became entwined in needlework and all things handmade.”

“I was blessed with the opportunity to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace. In my two years there, I developed my skills in traditional hand embroidery techniques like goldwork and silk shading, and my love and appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship blossomed.”

You can see more of her work on Instagram and purchase a few of her designs in her Etsy shop, The Olde Sewing Room.

Images: Courtesy of Humayrah Bint Altaf


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