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Hand Embroidery Ideas

Are you looking for a hobby that will last a lifetime? Well, you can stop your search!

Hand embroidery is a fun way to exercise your creativity. With just a few basic tools and stitches, you can transform an ordinary piece of fabric into a fiber arts masterpiece.

But what if you don’t know the first thing about embroidery?

It can be daunting to start—but don’t worry! We’ve got a lot of hand embroidery ideas that will get you on the path to sewing.

There are basic supplies that you’ll need for embroidery.

At the very least, you'll stitch with an embroidery hoop, thread, needle, scissors, and fabric.

If you’ve already embroidered before, you probably have the scissors and needle covered—maybe even the hoop and thread, too! In that case, we’d recommend giving your stitches extra practice with Dropcloth Sampler products.

Developed by Rebecca Ringquist, these printed pieces of fabric offer guidelines for different techniques. The Beginner Stitch Sampler, for instance, makes it easy to practice the satin stitch, running stitch, French knots, and more. When you're done, you can use them as reference for other projects.

Don’t have a needle and thread? That’s no problem!

We sell a number of hand embroidery kits that include everything you need to complete a project. If you fancy flowers and pollinators, give Oh Sew Bootiful's Bees and Wildflowers kit a try. It comes with pre-printed fabric featuring the lively scene as well as the tools and instructions you'll need to successfully stitch it. But if you're looking for something a bit more prickly (in a good way), try their Cactus kit. The stitching doesn't have to stop there, though. Scroll up and you'll find even more all-inclusive kits that are fun for all ages.

These all hand embroidery kits are great gift options—especially if you don’t know what supplies your recipient has.

We offer complimentary gift notes at checkout, too, making it super easy to surprise your favorite person with a new hobby.