Celebrate slow sewing: World Embroidery Day 2017 🌎

World Embroidery Day is this Sunday, July 30. Let’s celebrate slow sewing this weekend with a little embroidery elation!

World Embroidery Day 2017

World Embroidery Day was created by Kerstin Nettelblad and Skåne Sy-d, members of the Swedish Embroiderers’ Guild. The first World Embroidery Day was celebrated in Vismarlöv, Sweden, on July 30, 2011. It’s now celebrated annually on July 30. (You can read Kerstin and Skåne’s “Embroidery Manifesto” in English here. It’s quite lovely!)

We have quite a few staffers at Martingale who embroider. In fact, we host a “Handwork Happy Hour” in the office every Wednesday. We meet for lunch and stitch the hour away. And yes, it’s as fun as it sounds!

Handwork Happy Hour at Martingale
A few stitches and laughs during Handwork Happy Hour

Now, who do you think inspired us to get together each week and share our love of embroidery, handwork, and slow-it-down stitching? We bet you can guess: our embroidery authors! We think they just might inspire you to pick up needle and thread this weekend too. So settle in and enjoy a made-by-hand project, stitch by stitch. May we suggest:

Little House Pincushion
A little pincushion from Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird

New Day Pillow
A pretty pillow from Stitches from the Garden by Kathy Schmitz

Strawberry Sewing Trio
A strawberry-themed sewing set from A Little Something by Roseann Kermes

Embroidered Button Bag
A button bag from Sew Many Notions by Debbie Busby (everybody needs one!)

Garden Delight Needle Book
A new needle book from Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

Daisy Delight Candle Mat
A tiny table topper from Sew This and That! by Sherri K. Falls

Embroidery by Robin Kingsley
Some early holiday sewing with Robin Kingsley’s sweet Santas and snowmen

Stitches to Savor
Or, simply enjoy the work of an incredible embroidery artist—spend some time with Sue Spargo’s gorgeous coffee-table book, Stitches to Savor


New to embroidery? Get all the basics you need to begin with our downloadable eBooklet on common hand-embroidery stitches. It’s FREE!

Whatever project you create to celebrate World Embroidery Day, know this: we’ll be sewing and celebrating with you!

How will you celebrate World Embroidery Day?

a) I’ll start a project
b) I’ll finish a project
c) I’ll stitch on a work in progress
d) I’ll organize my embroidery threads!

Tell us in the comments!

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