Get in on Hand Embroidery With These 5 Beginner Projects

If you're ready to stitch your way onto the hand embroidery bandwagon, these projects are calling your name.

1. Not Your Grandma’s Sampler

A sampler is a fancy word for an embroidery design where you get to try out — or, ahem, sample — many different stitches. This mandala-style pattern teaches you more than 20 different techniques, and will look beautiful on display once you’re done.

2. Some Serious Flower Power

Learn to make fancy woven-wheel roses along with other basic stitches needed to finish up a beautiful floral wreath.

3. No Green-Thumb Required

Pair a plant with a cute phrase and you've got yourself a fun piece of embroidered wall art . You only need to learn three beginner stitches to bring this pattern to life; you could be finished by tomorrow!

4. Home Sweet (Embroidered) Home

Three little houses give you plenty of opportunity to play with colors, stitches and techniques while making this fun project. Whether you dream up a hometown or replicate your own neighborhood, it's sure to be a blast.

5. Head In the Clouds

Cool, modern and graphic are just three ways to describe this pattern. Inspired by traditional Japanese sashiko needlework, you only need to learn the back stitch to complete it.

A traditional Japanese needlework technique, sashiko was originally used for repairs and reinforcements. But today it's getting lots of love for its decorative purposes. The patterns are always graphic and repetitive, and they use only a basic running stitch (yes, beginners, you should try this!).

May 22, 2020
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Get in on Hand Embroidery With These 5 Beginner Projects