CMYK embroidery
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black=key) is a colour system that is based on the four colours used in traditional offset printing. CMYK embroidery is a hand-made printing process that I developed during my MA studies at Central St Martins 2006–2008. The idea of handmade print started as an academic project. Now, most of my work is based on that. I have created CMYK embroidered illustrations for clients such as The Guardian and WIRED, as well as worked on numerous private commissions.

I use conventional screen angles: Cyan 105˚, Magenta 75˚, Yellow 90˚ and Black 45˚ and prepare dot screens for cross-stitch. Works are stitched using cotton threads in CMYK colours, the intensity of colour depends on the number of strands used. The final outcome is a printed page created by hand.

© Evelin Kasikov 2007–2014.

Below: first CMYK embroidered piece, May 2007. Front and back side. Photos by Sarah Roesink.


Below: 4 x 4 squares showing the blend of CMYK colours stitched in four different thread thicknesses. Images by Juliet Sheath of Full Focus.


Below: One of the pieces from series The Process of Print.


Below: first experiments with handmade halftoning monotone to quadtone, 2007–2008.


Below: bookmark that comes with Printed Matter books and allows to measure screen resolution.

CMYK embroidery
Project Printed Matter
The Geometrics
NIKE JDI Stitched Tee
Exuberance is beauty
Modern Monogram
Analogue/Digital
ELLE Magazine
Studs & Pearls
Estonian Colours
Ongoing Type Experiments
Stitched CMYK Colour Chart
Craft and Graphic Design
Pick Me Up 2013
Knitted Wall
The Portrait Project
Made in London
Sketchbooks
HELLO for McGarryBowen
Staple Lettering
CHANGE for BBH London
London Trilogy
The WIRED home
Handprinted Alphabet
'Moving Images'
Kate Spade New York
Woven Text
WIRED logo treatment
The New York Times Magazine
The Art of Lost Words
The Guardian Sleep Guide
STYLE for Men's Health
CMYK Alphabet
Browsing Copy
Dezeen Platform
3D Alphabet
Selected Book Design 2011/2013
The Poundshop
Craft Meets Music
Handmade Type 2008/2009