Fiber Artist Creates Beautiful Embroidered Cactuses Inspired By Her Childhood

Do you love cactuses? Well, then, peek into Melissa Galbraith’s Instagram profile! She was born and raised in the desert of Washington state and surrounded by these cute plants. The fiber artist began embroidering when she was a little girl, was taught on pillowcases, and still remembers what her first creation was: birds and flowers.

She has a full-time job in digital media and spends a lot of time in front of a computer. She explains that embroidery is a “wonderful way for her to creatively play with color, texture, and pattern.”

She has gained over 48,000 Instagram followers and teaches other people her passion with her embroidery kits, patterns, and virtual workshops. She moved from the desert and now lives in the Pacific Northwest, but in her heart, she is still a “desert girl” who likes embroidering “warm landscapes full of prickly cacti and plants.”

She starts her process with a doodling book and a sketch, and then she picks the fabric and thread. She especially likes using vintage fabric.

“I always lay my design out flat so I can see the fabric and thread colors together. This helps me see how everything flows together,” Galbraith explained in an interview for Embellished Talk.