Embroidery is a humble craft that only takes a few inexpensive supplies to get started. It's great news for anyone interested in beginning their own embroidery practice. But once you’ve got your hoop and a rainbow-colored selection of floss, now comes the eternal question: what do you want to sew? You can make up your own images, of course, but many newbies and advanced stitchers alike enjoy completing embroidery patterns created by other people.
Hand embroidery patterns can take many forms; they can be illustrative scenes, repeating motifs, or script-style text. Using a variety of stitches (dictated by the pattern), you then fill in the design. Patterns can range from basic stitches to complex techniques that are for advanced crafters. But whatever your skill level, the best part about sewing on embroidery patterns is that it’s easy to challenge yourself once you’ve mastered a particular style or stitch.
It’s easy to obtain a pattern and begin sewing. There are a ton of Etsy shops that sell digital patterns to download—meaning you can start right away. DMC Threads even has a number of free embroidery patterns to try, too.
Looking for a pattern that includes supplies? In that case, embroidery kits are also a great option. In the Racoon Doll Embroidery Kit from Kiriki Press, you have all the things you’ll need to make your own plush animal doll.
Summer Blossom (digital download)
Colorful Embroidery (digital download)
Bee Lovely Embroidery Kit
Hedgehog Thread Painting (digital download)
Grow (digital download)
Racoon Doll Embroidery Kit
Solar Flair Space (digital download)
Color Wheel Embroidery Sampler
Llama Pattern (digital download)
Anatomical Moth (digital download)
Feminist Embroidery (digital download)
Butterfly Embroidery Kit
Iceberg (digital download)
Tropical Plants (digital download)
Floral Design (digital download)