Embroidery has been around forever — the earliest surviving pieces of this craft are Scythian, dated to between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE. Virtually every culture has some form of it in their textile art history.

As artist couple Charles and Elin highlighted, the application of embroidery is endless: add some stitches to your shoes, clothes, or bags to upcycle their look. What's that, you want to decorate your walls? No problem, embroidery can help you do that too.

"Embroidery has become our life," Charles and Elin told Bored Panda. "But not just in the sense that it's our chosen vocation; it's so much more than that. On a stressed day, pick up a thread and needle, make a couple of stitches and you will immediately feel your body and mind begin to relax. On a happy day, pick up a thread and needle, make a couple of stitches and the creative endorphins will begin to dance. Embroidery isn't just an ancient craft, it is also a modern art form where you can express visual images in a touchable medium."

And there's no place that celebrates this craft as well as the subreddit r/Embroidery. With 430K members, this online community unites all enthusiasts of the trade who want to exchange tips, techniques, resources, ideas, and to show off their greatest works, of course. At this time, let's focus on the latter.

#1

A Crow I've Been Embroidering For A Few Months Now. Still Gotta Give Him Feet And A Rock To Stand On

A Crow I've Been Embroidering For A Few Months Now. Still Gotta Give Him Feet And A Rock To Stand On

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

Incredible detail!

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#2

Cockatiel

Cockatiel

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Draco's Dragonfly
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1 month ago

Wow! At first glance I thought it was real!

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If you also want to stitch something yourself, the moderators of this subreddit say you have to get the basic supplies first. For hand embroidery, you'll need a hoop, a needle, fabric, and some 6-stranded embroidery floss. That's pretty much it. You do need scissors to snip your thread and a way to transfer the design to your fabric too but these are the things required to actually stitch and likely the only items you don't already have in your home.

Rachel Wright, the creator of an embroidery blog called VirtuoSew Adventures, told Bored Panda the right time to pick up the craft is whenever you feel like it. "My grandmama introduced me to embroidery when I was small, and I really got started in my teens. Because I learned mostly from books, I picked up all sorts of odd stitches and ideas, and just experimented and played."

"I tell stories in stitch — color, texture, and techniques all combine to bring my ideas to life," Wright added. "Embroidery is pretty easy to do, especially with books and videos to follow. It is much harder to do well, of course! My advice would always be, find a needle and thread, and have a go!"

#3

A Really Impressive Embroidered Kitchen Garden

A Really Impressive Embroidered Kitchen Garden

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Your_local_introvert
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1 month ago

Why isn't this at the top?! It's unbelievably amazing.

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#4

Dr Jill Bidens Coat For Inauguration Night, Featuring All 50 State Flowers. Uruguayan-American Designer Gabriela Hearst Said Each Flower To Between 2-4 Hours By Hand

Dr Jill Bidens Coat For Inauguration Night, Featuring All 50 State Flowers. Uruguayan-American Designer Gabriela Hearst Said Each Flower To Between 2-4 Hours By Hand

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Andy Acceber
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1 month ago

Amazing! I had no idea her coat pattern was the state flowers. That's genius and super creative.

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#5

This Embroidery Took Me Over 40 Hours To Finish But I'm So Proud Of It!

This Embroidery Took Me Over 40 Hours To Finish But I'm So Proud Of It!

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JonaLou2U
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1 month ago

I can almost feel a soft pat on that sweet nose

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Embroiderer Ania Jakubisiak, who has been stitching stuff since she was a child but really fell in love with it only 4 years ago, told Bored Panda she has learned everything through trial and error and Pinterest. "Embroidery is my way to pay tribute to people I love, characters I admire, and relax during long studying hours," Ania said.

"It's not difficult to start. Invest in a good quality wooden hoop and try out many techniques," she suggested. "You will find the style that fits your hand and aesthetic."

A very good way to start from the absolute beginning, according to the subreddit's mod team, is to order an embroidery kit. "It will have your thread, a needle, a hoop, and a design already worked onto the fabric provided. No analysis paralysis as you stare at the 60+ shades of red, wondering which one might be the best," they explained.

"Kits also have the benefit of explaining what stitches you should be using in what section. Etsy has many kits in many styles available. Once you complete your kit, you then have a hoop and needle to use for other projects as well."

The mods also pointed out that when choosing a kit, it's a good idea to buy from and support a small business rather than purchasing off of Jeff Bezos' space fuel provider, Amazon. "Almost all of the embroidery kits on the site contain stolen patterns from other embroidery artists."

#6

2nd Finished Hoop, Inspired By Hawaii! Experimented W/ Layering Tulle For Water Depth

2nd Finished Hoop, Inspired By Hawaii! Experimented W/ Layering Tulle For Water Depth

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Sooo pretty!

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#7

Diving

Diving

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Manasvi Tupe
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1 month ago

awwwwww

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#8

I Made A Little Reference Piece For My Future Embroidery Projects. No More Guessing How Many Strands I Should Use And Regretting It Later

I Made A Little Reference Piece For My Future Embroidery Projects. No More Guessing How Many Strands I Should Use And Regretting It Later

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Johanna Suders
Community Member
1 month ago

Genius, and good looking 👍

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#9

I'm So Proud To Share My Embroidery Progress From 2014 - 2020. No Talent Here, Just Hours And Hours Of Practice And Hard Work!

I'm So Proud To Share My Embroidery Progress From 2014 - 2020. No Talent Here, Just Hours And Hours Of Practice And Hard Work!

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Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW, serious improvement and great work!

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#10

Floating Embroideries. Embroidery On Tulle Using Silk Ribbon, Tapestry And Threads

Floating Embroideries. Embroidery On Tulle Using Silk Ribbon, Tapestry And Threads

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

These are exquisite!

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#11

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

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just another bookish gay
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1 month ago

wow. this is incredible. the colors and shape are so so perfect!

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#12

This Tabby Cat Has So Many Layers Of Stitches That It’s Giving Me A Full Arm Workout

This Tabby Cat Has So Many Layers Of Stitches That It’s Giving Me A Full Arm Workout

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Adam C
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1 month ago (edited)

Wow Look like a photo

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#13

Thought I'd Practice Some Outlines For Spooky Season... Then I Looked At The Back

Thought I'd Practice Some Outlines For Spooky Season... Then I Looked At The Back

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Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha ha so cute and not spooky lol

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#14

I Made Some Hand Embroidery Design On Sweaters For A Friend And This One Is My Favorite

I Made Some Hand Embroidery Design On Sweaters For A Friend And This One Is My Favorite

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just another bookish gay
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1 month ago

ahhhhhh! this is so cute!

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#15

Made This Yesterday

Made This Yesterday

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Outstanding!!!

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#16

I’ve Really Tried To Improve My Embroidered Cat Portraits This Year And I’m So Happy About How This One Came Out! I Almost Quit A Few Times And Started Over But It All Worked Out In The End

I’ve Really Tried To Improve My Embroidered Cat Portraits This Year And I’m So Happy About How This One Came Out! I Almost Quit A Few Times And Started Over But It All Worked Out In The End

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

Daaaang.

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#17

Tried My Hand At That Koi Pond Embroidery. I Love How It Turned Out! It's A Gift For My Sister Who Loves Koi

Tried My Hand At That Koi Pond Embroidery. I Love How It Turned Out! It's A Gift For My Sister Who Loves Koi

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Alethia Nyx
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1 month ago

Fascinating!

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#18

I Used The Holidays To Finish My Lady And The Tramp Design. I Hope You Like It!

I Used The Holidays To Finish My Lady And The Tramp Design. I Hope You Like It!

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Elisa Radnor
Community Member
1 month ago

I need this!

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#19

I’m Not Creative, But My Therapist Suggested I Try Embroidery To Help With My Anxiety. When I Started This Pre-Drawn Pattern I Didn’t Even Know How To Hold A Needle, Took It One Stitch At A Time. There Were A Lot Of Mistakes, But I’m Chuffed! I Hope You Like It

I’m Not Creative, But My Therapist Suggested I Try Embroidery To Help With My Anxiety. When I Started This Pre-Drawn Pattern I Didn’t Even Know How To Hold A Needle, Took It One Stitch At A Time. There Were A Lot Of Mistakes, But I’m Chuffed! I Hope You Like It

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Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it!!

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#20

Duck

Duck

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K Killian
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1 month ago

This embroiderer (artist) uses light in such spectacular ways.

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#21

A 3D Skeleton In The Undergrowth

A 3D Skeleton In The Undergrowth

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Ellie J
Community Member
1 month ago

So much talent. Unreal

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#22

Fish

Fish

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

Amazing!

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#23

Honey Bee Embroidery On A Guitar Strap

Honey Bee Embroidery On A Guitar Strap

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

That is incredible detail!

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#24

First Time Posting Here, Fourth Kit Completed

First Time Posting Here, Fourth Kit Completed

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Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful

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#25

Brand New At Posting On Reddit, But I Brought This Little Pink Cow To Say Hi!! I Hope It... Amooses You

Brand New At Posting On Reddit, But I Brought This Little Pink Cow To Say Hi!! I Hope It... Amooses You

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

I love it!!

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#26

My Take On Homer. I Never Expected How Many Hours (And Meters Of Thread) This Is Going To Take But The Result Was Totally Worth It!

My Take On Homer. I Never Expected How Many Hours (And Meters Of Thread) This Is Going To Take But The Result Was Totally Worth It!

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I need this!

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#27

Embroidered My Corduroys Today

Embroidered My Corduroys Today

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

So cute

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#28

The Finished Little Birdie In Docs!

The Finished Little Birdie In Docs!

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Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Adorable

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#29

My First Embroidered Landscape! This Took Me 4 Months To Finish!

My First Embroidered Landscape! This Took Me 4 Months To Finish!

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Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Very detailed and so beautiful!

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#30

My Girlfriend Just Passed Away But This Was The Last Thing She Embroidered. It's A Bowl Of Ramen, Our Favorite Thing To Eat Together

My Girlfriend Just Passed Away But This Was The Last Thing She Embroidered. It's A Bowl Of Ramen, Our Favorite Thing To Eat Together

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Simzabandz
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1 month ago

May her pure soul Rest in Power!

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#31

My Most Recent Embroidery! Im So Proud Of It !

My Most Recent Embroidery! Im So Proud Of It !

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

This is unbelievable. Seriously impressive work.

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#32

After Years Of Stitching Other People’s Pets, I Finally Embroidered My Own Girl: Meet Abby!

After Years Of Stitching Other People’s Pets, I Finally Embroidered My Own Girl: Meet Abby!

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Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW! She's beautiful!

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#33

Finally Finished This One For Myself. My Favorite Pusheen Drawing

Finally Finished This One For Myself. My Favorite Pusheen Drawing

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Lolliegag
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1 month ago

Adorable!

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#34

My Second Embroidery Piece - A Scene From 'Howls Moving Castle'

My Second Embroidery Piece - A Scene From 'Howls Moving Castle'

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Kristy Sambey
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1 month ago

I absolutely love this. I could stare at it for hours.

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#35

Christmas Present For My Dad. Whenever He’s Feeling Proud Of Me He Will Look At Me, Look Down At His Arm, And Say “Right Here, You Used To Fit Right Here” In Reference To Being Able To Hold Me In One Arm As A Baby. I Love Him

Christmas Present For My Dad. Whenever He’s Feeling Proud Of Me He Will Look At Me, Look Down At His Arm, And Say “Right Here, You Used To Fit Right Here” In Reference To Being Able To Hold Me In One Arm As A Baby. I Love Him

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Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Love it

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#36

Did A Picture Of My Friends On Their Wedding Day

Did A Picture Of My Friends On Their Wedding Day

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TS Rhodes
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1 month ago

Love Wins!

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#37

I Embroidered A Field Full Of Poppies On A Mini Canvas And Loving The Result

I Embroidered A Field Full Of Poppies On A Mini Canvas And Loving The Result

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

Beautiful.

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#38

And That’s A Wrap On 2020! I’ve Had Such A Great Time Working On This Piece Over The Past 366 Days, I Can’t Wait To See What 2021 Has In Store!

And That’s A Wrap On 2020! I’ve Had Such A Great Time Working On This Piece Over The Past 366 Days, I Can’t Wait To See What 2021 Has In Store!

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JonaLou2U
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1 month ago

.....brilliant!

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#39

Putting The Hand In Hand Embroidery

Putting The Hand In Hand Embroidery

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M Calad
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1 month ago

I love this one!

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#40

I'm Very Proud Of My First Two-Hoop Design!

I'm Very Proud Of My First Two-Hoop Design!

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Swanky Coconut
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1 month ago

Cats cradle! I love it!

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