Graphic designers and printers will be very familiar with this. It's called a rosette, and it's the pattern in which inks are arranged when printed using a traditional offset printer. Take a close (really close) look at a page in any magazine, and you'll see that the colors aren't actually solid. They're tiny dots of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks, each color arranged at a specific angle and varying sizes to create the illusion of a continuous tone. You can pretty much print every color from just these four (there are exceptions). But nix the inks and replace them with thread and you've got these works, called CMYK embroidery, from Evelin Kasikov. Check them out:

(discovered via Anthology)

And here's Evelin's stitched artist profile for when she worked on a commissioned piece for Kate Spade's Year of Color.:

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