Sew Wanderlust: This Designer Embroiders Her Travels On-Site Instead Of Taking Pictures


Cameras make it easier than ever to document a moment with a picture. These days you don’t even need to remember your camera, so long as you have your cell phone on hand. Thanks to the ease of taking and sharing pictures, the world has gotten a bit inundated with images.  This is exactly what prompted designer Teresa Lim to search for a more authentic way to preserve the memories she collects along her vast travels.

It was late in 2014 when Teresa experienced her first pangs of disappointment regarding photographs. She realized technology had made taking photos all too easy, flooding the world with an overwhelming amount of duplicate photos. In order to document her travels differently she now embroiders images of iconic locations around the world, and she does so on-site.

Teresa writes on her website, “I wanted something more from my travels, to be able to take back a part of that place with me. When I’m done with a piece, I actually feel like I KNOW that place, and that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction that I think just taking a photo wouldn’t give.”



Teresa takes the time to make a special souvenir wherever she travels. Each embroidered masterpiece reflects so much color and detail it’s truly spectacular. So far her embroidered sceneries include landscapes in Tokyo, Prague, Vietnam, and Germany. She considers her “Sew Wanderlust” project a work in progress and she plans to continue capturing many more destinations with embroidery.

Germany, Laufersweiler


Teresa graduated from the Lasalle College of the Arts, where she received a First Class B(a) Honors in Fashion Design and Textiles.

Teresa’s three largest interests include illustration, surface pattern design, and embroidery. She strives to combine all three of these concepts to create a uniquely picture perfect masterpiece. “Her designs seek to blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer.”

Tokyo (left) Perth, Serpentine Falls (right)


At only 24-years-old Teresa has already accomplished a great deal, showcasing her work in fashion shows and art exhibitions. The vibrant artist enjoys traveling and she seeks inspiration from her day-to-day interactions, as well as the books she reads.

Teresa says her favorite color is green, which she admits using as a “terrible excuse” to skip out on eating her veggies.

Vietnam, Ha Long Bay


Ha Long Bay is a popular tourist destination as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a result, there are plenty of photos floating around of this pretty location, but Teresa’s embroidered image is one-of-a-kind.



Prague, Charles Bridge


Many of the locations embroidered by Teresa are incredibly famous, the Charles Bridge in Prague is a fine example. This historically famous bridge crosses over the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. Original construction of the bridge began in 1357 under the rule of King Charles IV. The bridge was not completed until the start of the 15th century.

London, Big Ben


Teresa’s “Sew Wanderlust” project features embroidered pictures from her travels, but she also uses embroidery in other projects as well. Her other embroidered collections include “Sad Girl’s Club” and “Etiquette,” both of which you can view on her website.

Teresa has many talents outside of embroidery. She also creates unique drawings, and breathtaking textiles for fashion lovers to go gaga over. If you are interested in learning how to embroider better yourself, Teresa teaches embroidery workshops. Teresa also offers live portrait illustration for parties and other events.





If you enjoy Teresa Lim’s “Sew Wanderlust” collection, be sure and check out her website for more inspirational work! You can also follow along her adventures via her blog.

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