Embroidery Inspiration and Tutorials

Mandala-Inspired Embroidery Kits and Patterns

Mandala-Inspired Embroidery Kits and Patterns

Stitching mandala-inspired designs is a unique kind of mindful pleasure.  The individual motifs add variety---but then the multiples of each motif give you relaxing repetitions. While mandalas are typically composed with geometric symbols, our embroidery patterns...

read more
How to Finish and Display Embroidered Hoop Art

How to Finish and Display Embroidered Hoop Art

Once you've finished your embroidered hoop art project, you're ready to display or gift it. Read on for my favorite finishing technique and tips for displaying embroidery in my home. SUPPLIES My preferred finishing technique uses: Your completed embroidered...

read more
Packing Embroidery for Air Travel and Vacation Stitching

Packing Embroidery for Air Travel and Vacation Stitching

Embroidery is an ideal craft for your air travel and vacations. It’s lightweight, doesn’t take up much space in your bag and doable in the room of your seat tray. Having a stitching project (or two) along on vacation is a relaxing way to fill down time. Watch this...

read more
Chain Stitch Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

Chain Stitch Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

The chain embroidery stitch creates a line of small loops or "links." Here's a diagram and the instructions for creating it that we include in all of our embroidery pattern and kit guides. Bring needle and thread up at 1.Insert at the same spot and up at 2. As you do...

read more
Top 5 Embroidery and Sewing Notions in my Project Bag

Top 5 Embroidery and Sewing Notions in my Project Bag

Embroidery is an affordable and readily-portable hobby. In addition to a project (or two or three), all you need are a few extra supplies. Read on to see my must-have notions for making it easy to have a satisfying daily stitching practice. 1. Small storage tin for...

read more
Christmas in July Embroidery Planning and Projects

Christmas in July Embroidery Planning and Projects

When it comes to embroidery, "Christmas in July" works because this is a great time to plan and get started on projects you'll display and gift a few months from now. Take a look at the pieces to create for yourself and for gifting below, and then get your own...

read more
French Knot Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

French Knot Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

The French Knot is an embroidery stitch that's created by wrapping floss around your needle one or more times. Once the floss is wrapped, you'll insert the needle back into the fabric at almost the same spot where it originally came up. Here's a diagram and the...

read more
Folk Art Embroidery Patterns and Inspiration

Folk Art Embroidery Patterns and Inspiration

Folk embroidery patterns use motifs and colors that evoke a culture's popular traditions rather than those of fine art. Its appeal comes not only out of the fun decorative stitch combinations--but also because of how it can make you feel a nostalgia for pre-industrial...

read more
6 Ways to Embroider the Heart Motif

6 Ways to Embroider the Heart Motif

The heart is a frequently-used motif in embroidery kit designs. Not only does it convey a message of love, it's also got an appealing shape that offers plenty of opportunity for stitching fun. You'll see it dominating in our Choose Love kit, and playing a supporting...

read more
How to Establish a Regular Practice of Embroidery

How to Establish a Regular Practice of Embroidery

Being able to pick up a project and embroider for a few minutes (or hours)... ... at any time of day, ... pretty much any place in the world (don't recommend stitching in the bathtub) ... and with just a few moments notice is a wonderful thing in my life....

read more
Embroidery Kits for Every Season of the Year

Embroidery Kits for Every Season of the Year

When a new season arrives, the weather and our daily habits change. The holidays change, too, as do the ways we spend time with family and friends. You can make the stitching and display of a seasonal or holiday embroidery project part of the changing seasons. Here at...

read more
The Granny-Chic Trend and your embroidery projects

The Granny-Chic Trend and your embroidery projects

Have you heard about the Granny-Chic or Grandmillenial decor trend? It's a mashup of the old with the new. It says goodbye to the sleek minimalism of midcentury modern and hello to trim, tassels, and embroidery. At its heart, this is a style that finds comfort through...

read more