Hennie Stroebel is a completely self taught embroiderer, stitching for the past 18 years, expressing his love for the Levant ( Middle East to us mortals) and his first major embroidery exhibition was held last year at the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts Gallery.
You can see his incredible work at this site : http://www.nsagallery.co.za/exhibitions/recollect_a_turquoise_journey.htm
His attention to detail is stupendous, given that much of the work is on a small scale. He wields his needle like a paint brush, using thread in entirely new ways.
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