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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  • Spend an hour with a work in progress. There is always one (or two or three)and I never spend enough time on them. Don’t know why as I do love to hand embroidery.

    —Marlene Clausen on July 28, 2017
  • I’m hoping to finish the 3rd panel of the Mystery of the Salem Witches’ Quilt Guild on Sunday, if not before. Then-I’ll be ready to piece it and quilt it and it will be ready for Halloween!

    —Linda Hahn on July 28, 2017
  • C: I’ll work on a project in progress.

    —Stephanie L. on July 28, 2017
  • a} I will start a project. Just purchased supplies for a cross stitch sampler for my best friend’s new granddaughter. What fun to join in such a special day!!

    —Val on July 28, 2017
  • I shall be stitching on a work in progress (sounds better than a UFO). I have so many, that my daughters have put me on fabric and thread "restriction". Although, my day isn’t complete without a threaded needle. "SPECIAL" stitching days aren’t complete unless you share them. I’ll pack up and spend a few hours at my local library.

    —Bonnie Moore on July 28, 2017
  • I will celebrate National Embroidery Day working on one of many UFO’S.

    —carol on July 28, 2017
  • I will work on my sampler

    —helen cox on July 28, 2017
  • C. I will continue on a project I started in 2011!!!!!

    —Fizzle on July 28, 2017
  • I have loved embroidery ever since my mom taught me as a young girl. I embroider all things! My favorite embroidery right now is following Sue Spargo with wool applique and embroidery. She is awesome!

    —Joyce Hayes on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress ~ and think about starting a new project!

    —Diana DeWitt on July 28, 2017
  • c: I’ll stitch on a WIP-three blocks behind! I need to catch up! Thank you, Susan

    —Susan Spiers on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress.

    —Charlotte on July 28, 2017
  • I always have an embroidery project in progress. That is my TV watching piece.

    —Paulette Doerhoff on July 28, 2017
  • I will stitch on a couple of works on progress, one cross stitch and the other needlepoint.

    —amy f on July 28, 2017
  • C. An opportunity to work on a few cross stitch and needlepoint projects in progress. Can’t wait!

    —amy f on July 28, 2017
  • I’m busy embroidering special Christmas gifts for my sewing buddies.

    —Barbara A Fein on July 28, 2017
  • I will celebrate by organizing my threads! My sister, Mom and aunt do such great embroidery that I haven’t tried yet. Although the pictures make me want to add embroidery to my list of things to do!

    —Vicky on July 28, 2017
  • Happy World Embroidery Day!
    I will be stitching on a "work in progress."

    —Karen on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll work on work in progress. Doing a large quilt. Usually work on it when I don’t have any other project going.

    —shirley marvin on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll work on a work in progress, of which I have at least 3!! Sue Galasso

    —Sue Galasso on July 28, 2017
  • I will definitely get some pages fixed for one of Lori B.’s upcoming projects. And then just play with some things already started.

    —Vickie on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll work on a project that I started a while ago. Its a year long project so no hurry,just enjoy.

    —Jill on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll work on a redwork Sunbonnet Sue and Sam. I will also quilt a small wall hanging with barns.

    —Karen on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll work on a project I have going already.

    —Julie Janitscheck on July 28, 2017
  • My threads are actually organized; however, I need to go through all the embroidery projects on my TO DO various locations. I need to get everything in one place; I need to determine if these are projects I still like or pass them on to someone. Then I want to embroider.

    —carol on July 28, 2017
  • I will work on a work in progress. This project has been a 4 month project so far. Lots of details.

    Kim Conner on July 28, 2017
  • I will probably sort and organize my embroidery supplies and determine my next project.

    —Ann Rowland on July 28, 2017
  • Both A and C. Have a small project I want to try and work on a hexagon EPP that has taken way too long!

    —Marilynn on July 28, 2017
  • July 30 is my birthday, so I will celebrate twice, if not in the garden or playing with my dogs, then working on at least one of many unfinished projects.

    Happy birthday, Christena! –Jenny

    —Christena on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll organize my embroidery threads and get all my embroidery supplies organized as well. Then I’ll plan a project to start I’m thinking a needle keep out of wool.

    —Valerie Thompson on July 28, 2017
  • Tonight is a reveal party for twins my granddaughter and husband are expecting. I will start a new project this weekend.! Hoping for one of each, praying for healthy babies.

    —Linda Seigler on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll be working on an embroidery project in progress! I always have something going – doing my favorite embroidery handwork in the evenings while watching TV & enjoying the company of my wonderful husband.

    sonja on July 28, 2017
  • I will pick up one of my many projects and work on it.

    —Cindy on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll work on stitch in progress: the last square of my big redwork

    —Lisete on July 28, 2017
  • I would like to learn more about hand-embroidery but sadly the link to the free booklet does not work. When you click it is about quilting.🙁

    —Pat on July 28, 2017
  • I have two projects in the works that it will give me great joy to work on Sunday as I bask in the beautiful sunshine that is predicted for our area. One is a fall project and one is a Christmas project. Have to think ahead!

    DiAnna Mueller on July 28, 2017
  • As a new hand embroidery person, I’ll start that project that got me interested.

    —J on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll organize my thread. Then take a look at my patterns to plan out what I
    want to make.

    —Leah on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress. I always have some kind of needlework project I can work on in spare minutes.

    —Billie Fellers on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll stitch on a project I’m working on. It’s close to completion. Yeah!

    Barb Walsh on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll start a new project

    —Teresa Mitchell on July 28, 2017
  • C. No matter what craft, there’s always "a work in progesss"!

    —Nancy L Eriksen on July 28, 2017
  • C) I will stitch on a work in progress!

    —Lin H on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress that I’m embellishing with French knots. I might even finish the embroidery on Sunday! My fingers are crossed!

    Terry K on July 28, 2017
  • I will finish the whales that I started last year! They were to be framed and added to the photos/lithos/paintings that I already have in the livingroom of my "cottage by the sea". (I live on an island in the Pacific Northwest, and decided whales would be a perfect accent for my tiny home!)

    —Marta Dilworth on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll continue to stitch on a work in progress that should be finished in two weeks. Yahoo!

    —Sandy May on July 28, 2017
  • I have a project planned and will start on it. It’s my first time doing wool applique. I think it will be really fun.

    —Marsha Nelson on July 28, 2017
  • I will stitch on a work in progress- right now a wool "Christmas" kits. I always have a work in progress. If I am getting close to finishing something, I have to prep the next project so I never run out of something to pick up and stitch!

    —Patty on July 28, 2017
  • c. I will work on a Bunny Hill Halloween quilt with cats and embroidery.

    —Virginia Hauer on July 28, 2017
  • I will work on 1 of 4 projects in progress, maybe I will work on more than one of them.

    —Connie on July 28, 2017
  • These pictures are so inspiring. I will finish one of my embroidery projects.

    —Rachel Brandon on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll probably work on an applique project I’ve been working on the last two years, and waiting for my book in the mail that I’m ordering today "Cottage Style Charm". I went and looked at it, and love some of the projects in it! You guys are a bad influence!! LOL! Hugs, H

    —Helen LeBrett on July 28, 2017
  • I do have embroidery threads, but haven’t use them in a long time.

    —Judy B on July 28, 2017
  • I just organized my threads so I am ready!!!!!

    Diane H. on July 28, 2017
  • I have several embroidery projects I’m presently working on. When I get bored with one, I go to another. I also have several audiobooks I borrowed from the library that I’ll be listening to as I sew.

    —Irene on July 28, 2017
  • I have at least 5 project going, I try to work on one in the evening after dinner, as I also work 5 days at a ceramic shop. I have used them in wool quilts, Halloween, and other projects.
    I’m 73 young and started emb when I was 6. I love all types of hand work .

    —Charlotte on July 28, 2017
  • I can’t find the "common hand embroidery stitches" free eBook mentioned in today’s newsletter.

    Ada Clarke on July 28, 2017
  • I’ll stitch on a work in progress. I’m close to the finish line. A little more hand stitching then add the beads it will be finished. Yea!

    —Linda Cwynar on July 28, 2017
  • I will work on a project in progress.

    —Denise Campbell on July 28, 2017
  • I will start a new project!

    —Sandy on July 28, 2017
  • I love embroidery. I think I may have to stitch at Wednesday lunch with you from home now that I am retired!

    This weekend I am going to stitch on a work in progress.

    —Maclary on July 28, 2017
  • I will carry on with an embroidery project I’ve started

    —Miriam on July 28, 2017
  • I love machine embroidery…I’ll look and see about starting a hand embroidery project. I haven’t done it since I was a kid.

    —Paula on July 28, 2017
  • I will stitch a work in process, which has been on hold until my eyes begin to work together.

    —Althea Klosterman on July 28, 2017
  • I promise to work on an existing embroidery project. Love all the books featured today.

    —Frances Claassens on July 28, 2017
  • I am almost finished with a counted cross stitch project, (just outlining left to do)! So that will be my focus on Sunday.

    —Linda Towers on July 28, 2017
  • I will stitch on a work in progress.

    —Judy on July 28, 2017
  • I will finish a project and will work on a project already started. I love embroidery! And I will decide what embroidery designs I will put on stockings for my twin grandchildren, a boy and a girl. I need to get these designs traced on fabric so I can get started stitching on them.

    —Joyce Frazier on July 29, 2017
  • I’ll organize my threads so my next project will be easier. Scored lots of free threads from someone else!

    —Louise Mease on July 29, 2017
  • Love doing handwork! Will continue on a project I’ve already started!

    —Melba on July 29, 2017
  • Finish one I have almost done.

    —Barbara Hosford on July 29, 2017
  • I am finishing a small project.
    Love the ideas given.
    Thanks

    —Nancy Seitz on July 29, 2017
  • I’ve got two projects in progress but I think I’ll take the day to complete/frame one that’s done for a friend’s birthday.

    —Carrie ciak on July 29, 2017
  • I think I’ll work on the quilt I started for my husband’s 50th birthday; he’s now 64…

    —bookboxer on July 29, 2017
  • I have several embroidery projects that I work on daily.

    —Barbara on July 29, 2017
  • I hope to sew some projects that need finishing, a bag, details on an applique block and any others I find whilst looking!

    —Alcea Rosea on July 29, 2017
  • I need to get organized and then I feel I can be more productive. Yes, that includes the box of embroidery thread I have.

    —Judith Campo on July 29, 2017
  • I will work on a project in process. My mother taught me to embroider when I
    was very young. She continued to work embroidery projects for donation to her church women’s group until her final year. She passed away last March and her threads were divided among several of us.

    —Pearl on July 29, 2017
  • I will spend some time embroidering another bird onto a crazy quilt-in-progress.

    —Elizabeth Metcalf on July 30, 2017
  • I will be stitching on a work in progress – I have several I am working on at the same time, all embroidery on something!

    —Bonnie Harrell on July 30, 2017

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