Embrace Embroidery


Embroidery is having a moment. It’s no longer just the kitsch hobby of grandmothers and hipsters alike, now it’s taken over Taylor Swift’s instagram and the fashion runways of Gucci and Valentino. A 2004 article in the New York Times chronicled the rise of knitting, and now embroidery, that includes both cross-stitch and needlepoint, is having a similar resurgence. Scroll through some of our favorite projects below to find inspiration for your next project.

Practice your plants with these minimalistic and botanical-inspired patterns. Find them here. Photo courtesy of thestitchmill.

Say chardon-yay to these adorable wine labels that take any bottle from good to grape.

See them here. Photo courtesy of SmartCrossStitch.

Be charmed by this simplistic Fleur De Lis pattern. With only one color of floss (string) needed, it’s the perfect project for beginners and available here. Photo courtesy of sewfrenchcrossstitch.com.

With swirling cursive and a hidden Hedwig, this design is sure to set every Harry Potter fan’s heart aflutter. Check it out here. Photo courtesy of fiddlesticksau.

Get extra crafty with this sleeping fox embroidery and dreamcatcher combo. Find the instructions here. Photo courtesy of littledear.

Queen Martha Stewart inspires us again with this project for a cross-stitch family portrait. If you’ve ever wanted to impress complete strangers with your crafting skills, here’s your chance. Photo courtesy of marthastewart.com.

Sip tea and practice your best British accent as you stitch this London-themed pillow. Available on Etsy here. Photo courtesy of annetteerickson.

Celebrate a new baby with this elephant-themed sampler that’s sure to be the highlight of any nursery. Photo courtesy of stitchrovia.

Nothing says spring like a bright blue bike and a basket full of flowers. Country Living has this and other free patterns online here. Photo courtesy of countryliving.com.

Show visitors that your house is the lap of luxury with this sassy guest towel pattern. Just be warned, they may never want to leave. Photo courtesy of thecompassneedle.

Channel your inner Beyonce with the lemonade cross stitch you’ve been waiting for. Find the free pattern here. Photo courtesy of countryliving.com.

Celebrate the best of the mitten state with this peninsula pattern highlighting all that makes our home state so special. Find the pattern here. Photo courtesy of imaginativemusings.


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