Welcome to the world of H.M.S. Beagle Embroidery!
H.M.S. Beagle is an embroidery design boutique, based in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Our unique, high quality products aim to evoke a journey of discovery into the wonders of the natural world - just like Charles Darwin on his famous voyage aboard the ship H.M.S. Beagle. This Australian design house is concerned with and actively working to regenerate and preserve the flora and fauna that is or was once present in this fertile rainforest region.
These lovingly made linen cushions are adorned with insects that are considered endangered, in a bid to celebrate their contribution to nature and to bring our awareness to their precarious future.
Which one is your favourite?
Richmond Birdwing Butterflies - used to be abundant between Grafton and the Sunshine Coast. There are records of great clouds of them in Brisbane in the 1930s. Due to the loss of their food source, the Richmond Birdwing vine, they are now vulnerable. These are the smallest of the birdwings and the largest butterfly native to the region. Conservation efforts involve captive breeding and replanting their food source.
The Hawkmoth - is endangered as its habitat is under threat.
The Madagascan Comet Moth - from Malaysia is one of the largest moths in the world and is endangered due to loss of habitat. Embroidered at actual size.
The Atlas Moth - from Indonesia is one of the largest moths in the world and is endangered due to loss of habitat. Embroidered at actual size.
Beetles - four of the largest beetles in the world, Goliath Beetle, Hercules Beetle and two Rhinoceros Beetles.
Cushions approximately 32 X 34cm. 100% linen filled with alpaca wool.
MORE about H.M.S. Beagle Embroidery
The tradition of embroidery is age old, dating back over 30 000 years. Paleolithic burial clothes were embroidered with mammoth ivory beads. This timeless craft transcends culture and geography, from early Chinese silk embroidery, to Mexican, Hungarian, tribes of South east Asia, Hmong, Bedouin tribes and Medieval European.
H.M.S. Beagle designs all begin as drawings or original photographs. They are then painstakingly transformed into a digital embroidery file, stitch by stitch. The bulk embroidery and manufacturing is carried out by a dedicated team in India. Items are the finished off here in Australia.
At a time when many textiles products are made at the expense of both exploited workers and environmental destruction, H.M.S Beagle products are made from natural, ecologically sustainable fabrics, such as linen and organic cottons. The cushions are filled with a product made from recycled plastic bottles or Alpaca wool.
Importantly, every person involved in the long chain to final product is paid fairly with good, safe working conditions.