Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery, whether by hand or machine, is gaining popularity as a fiber arts technique that anyone can do. Some folks prefer to follow a pattern for tried and true embroidery designs. Others will take their embroidery stitches in brand new directions to create original art. And stitches can look very different depending on your choice of embroidery thread – color, weight, twist and fiber all add unique elements that make your work unique.

Beginners will find patterns and tutorials to learn everything from French Knots to Lazy Daisies. Experienced stitchers will find inspiration and resources while exploring the creations of working embroidery artists. So, let’s start stitching!

Embroidery Basics

Changing up the stitches is certainly a big element in making your hand embroidery as creative as it can be, but what you choose to stitch with adds yet another...

Hand embroidery is so relaxing, and small projects can go anywhere with you. There are a gazillion stitches out there. (Sometimes we invent our own if we embrace little slips...

I love to stitch, and I’ve found that I enjoy the experience much more when I have my favorite tools close at hand. I love that embroidery doesn’t require a...

Embroidery Artists and Inspiration

With a strong sense of narrative, Michelle Kingdom embraces embroidery as an art form that has long been sidelined as "women's work". With lines of stitching, she creates textural drawings...

Alexis Acevedo was studying fashion design when the needlepoint bug that had bitten her in childhood came buzzing back with the infinite design possibilities of color and texture she could...

While her first embroidery project at age 10 presented challenges, Shirley Hudson is glad she persisted. She has made a career out of stitch, and her work designing patterns doesn't...

Sashiko Embroidery

Whether a student of historical Japanese Sashiko or a Modern Creative just looking for an easy, enjoyable slow stitching project, Sashiko might be “it”. All you need are simple sashiko...

Sometimes I want to get a project done really fast, but lately I have picked up a hand stitching project when I want to unwind. The slow, meditative process of...

Making Sashiko ornaments is a great way to see what the slow-stitch movement is all about. It's slow stitch, to be sure, but the projects are so small you can...

More Embroidery

Jenny Clouston is happiest and most content when she is stitching by hand: crazy quilting, flower embroidery or English Paper Piecing. In embracing the process, she feeds her creativity and...

Aimee Ray's embroidery designs are all about finding something that makes you smile and then having fun with it. A busy mom of virtual schoolers by day, she sneaks in...

With a love for stitching happy things, fiber art by Catherine Redford is sure to keep you smiling. She does a bit of everything: embroidery, appliqué, crazy quilting, modern quilting,...

Flower embroidery has always been a favorite way for fiber artists to express themselves. The universal language of flowers appeals across time and across cultures. Flowers can be bold, quiet,...

Rosemary Drysdale can't imagine her life without stitch. It's in her genes. Her British mother and grandfather are from a long line of tailors; her Scottish grandparents, and generations before...

If the Shibaguyz, Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, traveled back in time, they probably would land in The Renaissance. Not because they are classical painters and sculptors (although, who knows what...