February is National Embroidery Month so it’s a great time to give it a go. I think it’s one of the most creative types of needlecraft as there are so many different stitches. There are lovely patterns that only use one stitch and others that have a whole range to master. Here’s some cute embroidery patterns and kits I’d love to try. I’ve included shipping locations but most offer digital downloads too.
My current WIP is this Butterflies and Bees design by Oh Sew Bootiful (UK) who have so many colourful nature designs. I really appreciate how they’re all available as a full kit, printed fabric only or a digital download so you can pick whatever suits your skills, supplies and budget.
The winter weather is getting me down but Spring will be here soon. Maybe stitching this Spring Splendour sampler by Stitchdoodles (UK) will make it arrive more quickly? They also have matching designs for the other seasons and will be starting a WinterBerry Cottage stitch a long later this month if you’d like some support.
Hawthorn Handmade (UK) have lot of beginner-friendly embroidery kits with simple designs using just backstitch. These Crafty Cats are my favourite but there’s also dogs, squirrels, otters and more.
When you’re ready to branch out a bit, this rainbow stitch sampler by DiYOrder (CAN) is a great way to practice new stitches. You’ll certainly feel like an expert once you’ve mastered all these!
French knots are difficult to learn but once you get the hang of it, they add such a nice touch to designs. This cherry blossom tree embroidery kit by EllbieCo (UK) is almost all french knots, which creates a beautiful textured piece of art.
Or how about a bowl of ramen? This embroidery pattern by Anything Sews (US) is so detailed and I love how it uses a round hoop for the bowl outline. It would look amazing in a kitchen.
If you prefer a smaller, faster project, Wild Olive (US) has a super sweet set of Hearts Day Felt Ornaments with embroidery details. You could still stitch one in time for Valentine’s Day but they’d be lovely gifts any time of year.
Hawthorn Handmade (UK) also have a cute range of felt brooch kits that includes animals, flowers and crafts. I love how meta it would be to embroider an embroidery themed brooch! It would feel almost like a merit badge.
Have you tried embroidery?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.