5 Next-Level Embroidery Projects That Will Make You Swoon

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We love a cute embroidered saying as much as the next maker, but when you’re ready to stretch those stitchin’ muscles, these projects are just the beyond-the-basics inspo you need.

1. It’s a Royal Affair

Go for the gold — literally. Learn how to embroider with actual metal thread for insanely gorgeous (and gleaming!) work. (This tutorial is also taught by a Royal School of Needlework master. Fancy!)

2. Our Fave Sampler

This sampler isn’t just an exercise for learning new stitches — it's a gorg mandala design in its own right. How about this: Make two and turn ‘em into throw pillows when you’re done!

3. Can't Bear the Cuteness!

Have you heard of thread painting (aka needle painting)? It's the secret to making this bear’s fur look real enough to pet.

4. Be Crewel (In a Good Way!)

Embroidering with wool thread is called crewel embroidery — and it’s totally #TextureGoals. This throw pillow project brings a fun, folk look.

5. Just Bead It

Jewelry-making meets embroidery when you add beads to the mix. We can't wait to store our most precious treasures in this gorgeous drawstring pouch!

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