Summer Stitching: Embroidery Projects and Patterns to Inspire

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Embroidery is a popular needle craft for a multitude of reasons: It's a versatile art that includes a lot of different techniques and types, and it doesn't take many supplies to get started. Plus, the projects can be pretty portable compared to sewing at a machine. Both of those reasons make it a great craft for the summer months.

Here are some great examples of summer embroidery projects and patterns you'll be stitching, er itching, to start!

Feathers embroidery pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Pumora

I love this Feathers embroidery pattern by Pumora. The colors shown above are more of an Autumn palette, but this whimsical design would look great in any colors. The falling feathers would make a really cute addition to the hem of a summer skirt. Home dec projects are ideal matches, too!

Get the Feathers embroidery pattern here.

Photo via Bluprint member polkaandbloom

This Tree of Life embroidery pattern by Polka and Bloom shows the perfect array of summer colors. I'm picturing it on the front of a folky peasant dress, but it's sure to brighten up any outfit or project you can imagine.

Get the Tree of Life embroidery pattern here.

Photo via Bluprint instructor Jessica Marquez

This knit tee with hand embroidered flowers , made in the class Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery , is an excellent example of how to add a new life and a little interest to a plain shirt. A floral motif like this also looks great on the yoke and cuffs of western style button-up shirts, as well as jean pockets and sundresses.

Sign up for Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery to snag this pretty pattern!

Photos via Bluprint instructor Kristin Nicholas

This decorative pillow made with wool thread is a beautiful example of crewel embroidery . It ads color, texture and dimension to compliment all kinds of sewing projects. The sunflower design is perfect for seasonal summer decorations.

Join Design It, Stitch It: Crewel Embroidery to get the fun, vintage Rosy Flower pattern design!

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Photo via Bluprint member kata .

This beautiful geometric floral pattern by Kate & Rose would look beautiful on so many types of projects, but it would pair especially well with one of their own sewing patterns, like on the yoke of the Zsalya top/dress .

Get the Floral Geometry embroidery pattern here.

Anna's Garden Reverse Applique Dress

Photos via Bluprint member BiAnCa S

This gorgeous sundress uses a different style of garment embellishment using embroidery and appliqué techniques made famous by Bluprint instructor  Natalie Chanin . The result is stunning!

Read more on the Anna Garden Reverse Appliqué dress project here.

Machine embroidered T-shirt  via Bluprint instructor Eileen Roche

If hand embroidery isn't for you, give machine embroidery a try! Though it's not as portable, and requires a bigger initial investment than doing it by hand, the results of machine embroidery are equally as impressive. Add a tribal-inspired design to a plain kaftan or tunic and be summer festival ready in no time. There are so many options out there now for machine embroidery at home, so if it's something you've always wanted to try, now it's easier than ever to get started.

What's your favorite summer embroidery project?

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