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!

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