Today is World Embroidery Day 🌎 10 ways to celebrate ahead!

World Embroidery Day is today! Shall we celebrate with a little slow sewing? Our needles and threads are ready!

Butterfly Stitches Needlecase from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

World Embroidery Day was created by Kerstin Nettelblad and Skåne Sy-d, members of the Swedish Embroiderer’s 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 inspiring!

We love to embroider, and we’re surrounded by inspiration courtesy of our talented embroidery authors. We think they’ll inspire you to park your sewing machine for the day and enjoy a little slow-it-down stitching. Here are just a few projects we’re loving right now—and you don’t need an excuse to start them right away. After all, it’s World Embroidery Day!

You could start with a little on-the-go sewing kit:

Blackbird Notion Nest from
Stitches from the Garden

Or start a small pincushion collection:

Centerpiece Pincushions from
Sew Many Notions

Go fun, cute, and colorful:

Hospitality Hanger from
A Little Something

Or embroider a bit of elegance:

Pouch from
120 Original Embroidery Designs

Look forward to fall:

Give Thanks from
Stitches from the Harvest

Or start stitching for the holidays!

Winter Glory Pillow from
Stitches from the Yuletide

Embroider a step-by-step project:

Rose Cat Mini Stitchery from
Cottage-Style Charm

Or embroider a design on any project you like!

Find A to Z motifs in
Lunch-Hour Embroidery

Or . . . be inspired by exquisite embroidery every day and all year long when you own Sue Spargo’s Stitches to Savor book and her Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar:

See more from
Stitches to Savor here.

A peek at Sue’s 2019 calendar (follow Martingale on Instagram)

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!

55 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I’m going to stitch on a project already in progress.

    —Amy Cofer on July 30, 2018
  • C. I’ll stitch on a work already in progress.

    —Amy Cofer on July 30, 2018
  • Ill celebrate World Embroidery Day by starting a new project .

    —Shelley Park on July 30, 2018
  • What gorgeous projects! I might just learn how to do embroidery after all. Now I need a book and some materials to start. Better get going on gathering supplies. Have a good day stitching.

    —Barb Walsh on July 30, 2018
  • Stitch on a work in progress

    —Susan Torrington on July 30, 2018
  • I would like to start a new project but I first must organize my threads.

    —carol on July 30, 2018
  • I will work on a project in progress.

    —Barbara Snyder on July 30, 2018
  • Today I will be working on my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday quilt. I am making her a forest animals quilt, and I need it to be finished by Saturday!

    —Ann West on July 30, 2018
  • Working on my wool Moon Garden blocks from Primitive Gatherings.

    —Jan Scherbinski on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll finish a project. But I see these projects and I think I’ll expand to new things.

    —Janet on July 30, 2018
  • Love these photos! I keep trying to learn hand embroidery and hoping to expand my knowledge of stitches soon. Very pretty!

    —stephanie stemmler on July 30, 2018
  • C I’ll stitch on a work in progress 😊

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll do some hand sewing repurposing vintage embroidered linens.

    —Judy Stamm on July 30, 2018
  • I am going to divide my day into two parts. I will stitch on a work in progress and the in the evening I will knit on another work in progress. It’s gonna be a great day!

    —Susan Warren on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll finish a project today. Good day to stitch as we are expecting rain.

    —Rhonda McAninley on July 30, 2018
  • C!!! I joined Sue Spargos Fresh Cut BOM last year and am still stitching away! Love her designs! I have also made several of Kathy Schmitz designs. Lunch hour embroidery is a tempting book! Love embroidery! Happy embroidery day everyone!

    —Joanne Moore on July 30, 2018
  • I love that there is a National Embroidery Day! I have a Kathy Schmitz work in progress and am eager to complete it! Also need to complete a quilt with embroidery blocks I have finished by Jenny of Elefantz called Postcards From Heaven. So many projects…so little time!

    —Donna on July 30, 2018
  • I learned how to embroider when I was about 10 years old. I still love it and any other hand work (I work on something every day). Needle turn appliqué, hand quilting, wool embroidery, even mending! Today I will work on a wool appliqué embellished with embroidery, already in progress.❤️

    —Susan on July 30, 2018
  • C, I’ll be stitching on an embroidered quilt block

    —Vanessa on July 30, 2018
  • I will work on a work in progress: Kathy Schmitz’s Nutty’s Nest from Stitches From The Harvest. I started it at Quiltstock 2018!

    —Betsy on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll try to find all of my embroidery hoops,threads and needles then start a new project.

    —Vickie Keith on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress. Love to embroider!

    —Eileen on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress.

    —Judy Magner on July 30, 2018
  • Although I should probably reorganize my embroidery threads, I’ll be stitching away on a work in progress! Such a wonderful art/craft/hobby to be celebrating!

    —Linda B. on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress.

    —Laura M on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress and have a great time working on it.

    —Laura M on July 30, 2018
  • C – still in progress

    —Carol on July 30, 2018
  • I’m torn! I have a new project I’m eager to start, but I really should finish what is now in my hoop. Whatever I do, it will be done with joy and contentment.

    —SandyMay on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll celebrate by working on something i’ve Already started!

    —Julia S on July 30, 2018
  • Hopefully, I can work on a wooly applique-embroidery project

    —Geri on July 30, 2018
  • I will be stitching on a project that has been taking me waaaaay to long!

    —Wendy on July 30, 2018
  • I will start on a cross stitch project for which I enlarged the chart the other day.

    —jean howard on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll continue an embroidery project from Charlotte Lyons.

    —Joyce Jose on July 30, 2018
  • I am working on a work in progress!!

    —lee on July 30, 2018
  • I’ll work on. Project already started and with any luck finish so I can start another.

    —Lena on July 30, 2018
  • I will be stitching on a work in progress because I always have several embroidery projects going at once!!!

    —Patty on July 30, 2018
  • I will stitch on a project in progress.

    —Connie F on July 31, 2018
  • Sorry,maybe no time, quilt bee today. I’ll double make up for it tomorrow by continuing a project, can’t finish it in one day, but every stitch helps.

    —stephanie Woodward on July 31, 2018
  • I’m going to work on my tablecloth for a Christmas gift for a friend. I’ve also started learning Shashiko lately and started some scarves for Christmas gifts. Yesterday took out my vintage buttons and organized them on a nice fabric to embroider them as a flower arrangement. Hoping to finish this project to enter for competition in the local county fair in September. To All-Happy Embroidery Day

    —Maria Ibarra on July 31, 2018
  • I will finish a project I was supposed to have sent out last Christmas. 😞

    —Grace on July 31, 2018
  • I guess it’s time to enjoy some summer sun and work on an embroidery project, much cooler than knitting.

    —Donna on July 31, 2018
  • I love embroidery of all kinds. In honor of World Embroidery Day I am going to start a new cross stitch project.

    —Janice Hixon on July 31, 2018
  • I will copy a pattern onto fabric so I can start some redwork.

    —nancy seitz on August 3, 2018
  • I have a woolen project that need to be finished. I plan to put a few more stitches on it.

    —Carol Gouveia on August 3, 2018
  • I’ll work on a project that I’m making for my son. It’s tote bag that has a stamped image on the front and I’ve been embroidering it using the threads that I inherited when my mother passed away. So it’s going to be a gift of love from my mother and I to my son and because I get to decide the colors and what stitches it’s also been a lot of fun to let lose my creative energies on.

    —Karen Hardy on August 3, 2018
  • I will be working on a cross-stitch project.

    —Janice on August 3, 2018
  • I’ll dream about all the projects I want to make

    —Susan MacLeod on August 3, 2018
  • I am going to finish a project I have started. I have several projects to complete. Love embroidery. My mother taught me how.

    Martha Followill on August 3, 2018
  • e) I’ll think about working on the projects I already have in-progress and the ones I haven’t started yet, but have purchased the supplies! Unfortunately, no time to actually sew anything today…gotta run!

    —YvonneJ on August 3, 2018
  • All of the above. I have several projects started, am always organizing my floss, and love to start new projects.

    —Linda on August 3, 2018
  • Stitched on a project in process to give to my sister for Christmas.

    —Marie Eddins on August 3, 2018
  • Work on a project I’ve started.

    —Renee Welton on August 4, 2018
  • I have things already started. I hopes to finish soon

    —Victoria on August 4, 2018
  • Guess I missed it altogether! Next year for sure!

    —bookboxer on August 4, 2018
  • I am stitching on a work in progress.

    —Jo Barr on August 4, 2018

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