Emoji embroidery

From November 2013 to December 2014, I embroidered emoji as a personal project combining two of my favorite things: crafting and weird internet culture. They’re 4" tall, take around 4-5 hours each to make, and are completely handmade.

My first batch of emoji were sold as a part of the first-ever Emoji Pop-up Market at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center in December 2013. Read about what that experience was like for me here.

I then ran a very active shop on Etsy in which I sold a number of different wall hangings and patterns. The poop emoji was my most popular item with 19 sales. I also did a number of custom orders that eventually were sold in my shop as well.

For Etsy Hack Week 2014, I embroidered my team’s IRC alert words which, conveniently, had corresponding emoji.

I also commemorated our “four stars and a horse” emoji bug on Etsy’s mobile website with a wall hanging that now resides in the office.

The thumbs up emoji was featured in a Buzzfeed listicle.

Patterns available for sale on Etsy.

Jessica Harllee is a product designer at Etsy in Brooklyn, an avid crafter, and an amateur writer.

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