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21 Uplifting Embroideries to Remind Us Everything Will Be Okay

With today’s political climate, we could all use a pick-me-up—some encouraging words to lift our spirits when things seem bleak. Relief comes in unexpected ways. Did you ever think that embroidery could help you feel better? Well, take a look at these crafters who are stitching kind and empowering words into uplifting embroidery.

The text-centric hoop art features short mantras that you can repeat when you need a boost of optimism. They remind us to be kind to one another and that even the simple act of smiling is contagious. Many embroiderers also repeat the idea that we are worthy of being loved—however weird we think we are. In fact, they encourage us to stay “strange” and celebrate what makes us unique. As Breezebot Punch so eloquently puts it, “Don’t let the muggles get you down.” Everything is going to be okay.

Need some positivity in your life? These artisans empower you with their uplifting embroidery.

Take a page out of Shonda Rhimes' book and say yes to the things that scare you.

Be like your favorite plant.

Remember to stay grateful along the way.

Stay true to yourself and your path.

Remember ladies,

Live your best life—don't be afraid to use your voice.

You're tough. You got this!

Repeat this,

Harry Potter didn't, so we really shouldn't:

Listen to your intuition.

You are worthy of being loved.

Lead with a kind heart.

More than you know.

Live your life with purpose. (Quote by Carrie Fisher):

Who run the world?

So try it:

“Weird” is more fun, anyways.


When you believe in yourself, you can achieve!

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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