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These Embroidered Bicycles Inspire Us to "Enjoy the Ride" of Life

They roll in, touting baskets of colorful blooms.

Walker Boyles embroidered bicycles
Photography by: Walker Boyes

If you think about it, embroidery is like riding a bike — once you learn how, you never forget. (Although, we could always use a little practice.)

 

Befitting this realization, we recently came across this bicycle-themed embroidery series by Walker Boyes of TrueFort. Called the Velo series, each bicycle is embroidered freehand on stretched cotton canvas. And each one touts a woven basket, brimming with colorful blooms. What inspired the charming and cheery designs? We caught up with the 21-year-old fiber artist and photographer to learn more about the craft.

 

Walker Boyles embroidered bicycles
Photography by: Walker Boyes

For many of us, some of our happiest childhood memories were spent in the summer sun, wheeling up and down hills, speeding down paved roads on a bicycle. Boyes was no different. "I grew up in a southern California beach town in a very artistic and talented family," Boyes exclusively tells Martha Stewart Living. "I have always been interested in fine, intricate, detailed art."

Walker Boyles embroidered bicycles
Photography by: Walker Boyes

"I chose bicycles for this series because who doesn't love the whimsical look of a cute bike with flowers overflowing from the baskets?!" Boyes continues. "It takes me to those fun summer days under the sun."

Walker Boyles embroidered bicycles
Photography by: Walker Boyes

Like many embroidery artists, Boyes enjoys the challenge of reinventing the technique. "I love the texture and dimension that my art offers," Boyes says. "Embroidery is sometimes considered a dated art form, but I am finding fresh, creative ways to introduce a new era of embroidery art. I challenge myself to create a series within a theme and constantly push myself out of my comfort zone so I can grow as an artist." Bicycles are only the beginning. In the crafter's gallery, you'll also find potted cacti, floral vignettes, and colorful tigers and elephants — all in boldly stitched colors. You can browse patterns and designs at the website TrueFort.

 

[TRY IT: Make This Embroidered Bicycle with Basket of Flowers]