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 one teaches you more than 20 (yes, 20!) different stitch techniques, and is super-pretty to display when you’re done.

2. Some Serious Flower Power

This project is easier than it looks! You’ll learn to make fancy woven-wheel roses along with all the basic stitches you need to finish up a beautiful floral wreath.

3. No Green-Thumb Required

A plant AND a cute saying? Done and done. Plus, you only need to learn three beginner stitches to make it. You could be finished by tomorrow!

4. Home Sweet (Embroidered) Home

Three little houses in a row give you plenty of opportunity to play around with colors, stitches, and techniques. Try replicating your own neighborhood!

5. Head In the Clouds

Cool, modern, graphic … oh let us count the ways we love this pattern, which is inspired by traditional Japanese sashiko needlework. And 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!).

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