Embroidery as a craft has flourished everywhere across the world. Whether it’s stunning artwork or cheeky cross-stitch on clothing and home goods, it’s always been an important part of our material culture. However, today, some people think of needlework as a dying art that is unsuited for our hectic lives. Well, this is not entirely true and there’s an online community that proves it.

The subreddit in question is called r/Embroidery. As the moderators state in the description, it’s dedicated "for hand and machine embroiderers to exchange tips, techniques, resources, and ideas." More than 519K stitchers show off some of their greatest projects on the page, and they are truly gorgeous.

Psst! After you’re done scrolling through some of the best posts we have collected from the subreddit, make sure to check out Part 1 of this post right here.

#1

Not My Work But Too Cool Not To Share- Embroidered Snow Steps By Narumi Takada (Nrm_takada On Ig)

Not My Work But Too Cool Not To Share- Embroidered Snow Steps By Narumi Takada (Nrm_takada On Ig)

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Otter
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The beauty of perfect simplicity!

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If you’ve never picked up a needle before, you might not know that embroidery is a very appealing craft—it only requires a couple of tools, there’s no need for a studio, and no big mess to clean up after. Imagine the soothing process of watching the pieces coming together, stitch by stitch. The repetitive and rhythmic motions let you focus on what’s happening in the present moment, creating beautiful results along the way.

Bored Panda has contacted the moderators of r/Embroidery to learn a bit more about the subreddit and its community. The page was originally created 12 years ago by a spam bot and one of the moderators, kallisti_gold, was asked to take over the community through r/RedditRequest. 

They cleared out the spam, and let the community grow organically: "I wanted a place to talk about embroidery, and I've tried to foster that kind of environment for the community to flourish in."

#2

Kind Of A Silly Themed Piece For A Family Member’s Graduation From A Forensic Science Program - Hope She Likes It! My First Time Doing Text And First Time Framing Embroidery Using The Lacing Method...

Kind Of A Silly Themed Piece For A Family Member’s Graduation From A Forensic Science Program - Hope She Likes It! My First Time Doing Text And First Time Framing Embroidery Using The Lacing Method...

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It seems that the members of the subreddit (or stitchers, as the moderators named them) are a really kind and helpful group of people. The moderator said that the "community is full of passionate hobbyists & enthusiasts, always ready with a compliment, constructive suggestions for improvement, or to answer any questions for folks who need some guidance."

Most of the pictures people share on the subreddit are truly magical and inspiring. No wonder that so many wish to learn and master this craft. And it’s quite beginner-friendly since you need only a couple of tools to start. For anyone who wants to try out stitching, kallisti_gold recommended reading the getting started guide created by a fellow moderator Zesparia, which you can find right here.  

#3

Flowers On Converse

Flowers On Converse

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Ylva Edqvist
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks so great. Not to outstanding, just a nice detail.

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#4

Kingfisher Hand Embroidery. Thank You For All Your Loves On My Works

Kingfisher Hand Embroidery. Thank You For All Your Loves On My Works

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It seems that there have been quite a few beginners who joined r/Emboidery since the start of the pandemic. "We've seen a huge growth in the community since early 2020," the moderator told us. "Being cooped up inside will make anyone frustrated enough to stab something a couple thousand times, I guess."

#5

My New Embroidery! I Like This Pink Piece

My New Embroidery! I Like This Pink Piece

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Srene
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s beautiful! I love the colors!

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#6

So. Many. French. Knots

So. Many. French. Knots

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Steph Harrison
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember a teacher at school working on an embroidery project during a maths class (she was a great teacher, we were usually ahead of the other classes and she trusted us enough to get on with our work and let her know if we needed help). She was making a sheep with french knots, and had to give it a costume. She made it into a pirate with a belt and hat because there was no way she was covering up those knots after it took her so damn long to work on them XD

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People turn to old-fashioned crafts to calm their anxieties. Especially since the start of the pandemic, they want to turn away from the chaotic world around them and create something tangible with their hands. Even if there’s no precise message behind the piece, the act itself will provide you a safe haven from the noise around you and will let you reconnect with your mind and body.

#7

My Latest Hand Embroidered Piece: Apantesis Incorrupta/Moth

My Latest Hand Embroidered Piece: Apantesis Incorrupta/Moth

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#8

My First Double Hoop And By Far Most Elaborate Project! This Is A Wedding Gift For My Artsy Friends Based On A Photograph. The Cutest Part Is That The Little Lights Actually Turn On!

My First Double Hoop And By Far Most Elaborate Project! This Is A Wedding Gift For My Artsy Friends Based On A Photograph. The Cutest Part Is That The Little Lights Actually Turn On!

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#9

Kiwi Anatomy 100% Legit

Kiwi Anatomy 100% Legit

iLabrador Report

There’s a study where researchers analyzed data from more than 19K adults in the UK about the impact of arts engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. They identified four main types of home-based hobbies during the pandemic: digital arts and writing, musical activities, crafts, and reading for pleasure.

#10

Watercolor Is Hard!

Watercolor Is Hard!

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#11

What Doesn’t Kill You

What Doesn’t Kill You

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#12

My Most Recent Thread Painting "You Were My Sunflower..."

My Most Recent Thread Painting "You Were My Sunflower..."

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It seems that new opportunities have emerged: arts and cultural providers came up with digital activities (like virtual museum tours), online groups (book clubs, virtual choirs and more), and streamed performances. "Further, many art forms became global lockdown trends, with viral videos of people singing from households and balconies around the world and a rapid increase in the sale of crafts materials such as paints and wools," the researchers wrote.

#13

My Embroidered Entomology Collection Is Getting Bigger!

My Embroidered Entomology Collection Is Getting Bigger!

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#15

Been Inspired By My Recent Walks To Recreate Some Moss And Lichen. Embroidery Mixed With Some Tiny Crochet

Been Inspired By My Recent Walks To Recreate Some Moss And Lichen. Embroidery Mixed With Some Tiny Crochet

isalwaysthisway Report

Although some of the participants engaged in the arts and crafts before COVID, for many people the pandemic was a sort of motivation to pick up a new hobby. One of the perks participants noticed was the value of arts as a coping mechanism for such stressful times. "All arts activities were used as approach and avoidance strategies to help people cope with their emotions, while digital arts and writing, crafts, and reading for pleasure were additionally used to help improve respondents’ self-development."

#16

One If My Embroidery, 2019 Year

One If My Embroidery, 2019 Year

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Judy Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And it's all done in such tiny stitches! Such attention to detail!

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#17

I’m A Phd Student Studying Soil Fertility. Had To Deck Out My New Lab Coat. Please With The Results

I’m A Phd Student Studying Soil Fertility. Had To Deck Out My New Lab Coat. Please With The Results

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Znaya
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Outstanding and very unique, kudos

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#18

Koi Float

Koi Float

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So if you also feel the need for a new creative outlet or wish to become more patient, focused, and persistent, you should definitely give embroidery a try. Just invest in a good-quality wooden hoop, grab some thread and a needle, and try out as many different designs as you like.

#19

Just Finished This Cedar Waxwing! Took Around 50 Hrs Over The Course Of A Month And Over 45 Colors Of Thread

Just Finished This Cedar Waxwing! Took Around 50 Hrs Over The Course Of A Month And Over 45 Colors Of Thread

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#20

Finally It’s Done And My Cat Just Wants To Bite It. Still Thinking Whether To Add Whiskers!

Finally It’s Done And My Cat Just Wants To Bite It. Still Thinking Whether To Add Whiskers!

Tsktskda Report

#21

After 60+ Hours, This Piece Is Finally Done!

After 60+ Hours, This Piece Is Finally Done!

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them! This is so beautiful that I would like a whole series... this, then one with an egg, then one with a chick...

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#22

I’ve Had A Box Of Old Skeleton Keys In My House For Years But Never Knew What To Do With Them Until A Few Days Ago When Inspiration Struck! Please Enjoy This Little Winged Key

I’ve Had A Box Of Old Skeleton Keys In My House For Years But Never Knew What To Do With Them Until A Few Days Ago When Inspiration Struck! Please Enjoy This Little Winged Key

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#23

All The Cephalopods Just Hanging Out

All The Cephalopods Just Hanging Out

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#24

My Grandma Recently Passed Away And My Family Had To Sell Her House, So I Stitched It For My Mom

My Grandma Recently Passed Away And My Family Had To Sell Her House, So I Stitched It For My Mom

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a sweet thing to do. I know she'll treasure it always, it's beautiful.

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#25

Jiji From Kiki's Delivery Service On My Pocket

Jiji From Kiki's Delivery Service On My Pocket

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#26

I Won First Prize At The Fair This Weekend For My Cross Stitch!

I Won First Prize At The Fair This Weekend For My Cross Stitch!

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#27

An Attempt I Did On Kicks

An Attempt I Did On Kicks

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#28

Made This Since My Girl Is Into Embroidery. She Said Yes. Also Please Dont Judge The Craftmanship, Its My First Time

Made This Since My Girl Is Into Embroidery. She Said Yes. Also Please Dont Judge The Craftmanship, Its My First Time

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#29

Finally Done! Well I Haven't Prepared The Back Yet But Couldn't Wait To Share It :) Embroidery Inspired By Mermaid Paintings By Victor Nizovtsev. The Second Pic Is Taken In The Evening So It Is Better Noticeable How The Colors Shimmer

Finally Done! Well I Haven't Prepared The Back Yet But Couldn't Wait To Share It :) Embroidery Inspired By Mermaid Paintings By Victor Nizovtsev. The Second Pic Is Taken In The Evening So It Is Better Noticeable How The Colors Shimmer

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#30

I’m Doing My Phd In Lung Diseases So Naturally I Had To Embroider Some Floral Lungs

I’m Doing My Phd In Lung Diseases So Naturally I Had To Embroider Some Floral Lungs

MelodicMuggle Report

Otter
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm in love! I don't know if it's with the work or the person who made it, but who cares when it's True Love.

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#31

Studio Ghibli Series! Featuring My Neighbor Totoro, Castle In The Sky, And Grave Of The Fireflies

Studio Ghibli Series! Featuring My Neighbor Totoro, Castle In The Sky, And Grave Of The Fireflies

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#32

Update - Finished My Collar For My Traditional Bunad . It Wasn’t Easy

Update - Finished My Collar For My Traditional Bunad . It Wasn’t Easy

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SpookyPanda
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's gorgeous! I had to look it up: "Bunad is a Norwegian umbrella term encompassing, in its broadest sense, a range of both traditional rural clothes (mostly dating to the 18th and 19th centuries) as well as modern 20th-century folk costumes." ~ Wikipedia

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#33

My Sister Does Research On Goats So I Made This Blazer For Her To Wear To Defend Her Thesis. I Used Free Motion Machine Embroidery For The Goat And Ribbon Embroidery For The Flowers

My Sister Does Research On Goats So I Made This Blazer For Her To Wear To Defend Her Thesis. I Used Free Motion Machine Embroidery For The Goat And Ribbon Embroidery For The Flowers

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Goat's like "yep, that's me. Cool, huh? 😎"

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#34

My Most Recent Hoop! This Was For My Nan To Gift To Her Friend Who Loves Crows

My Most Recent Hoop! This Was For My Nan To Gift To Her Friend Who Loves Crows

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#35

Mushroom Ring Sleeve Cuff I Made For My Jacket

Mushroom Ring Sleeve Cuff I Made For My Jacket

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PeytonMozz
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I need to know who this person is. I think we'd be great friends.

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#36

Another Wedding Gift, This Time For A Close Cousin

Another Wedding Gift, This Time For A Close Cousin

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Izzy Curer
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thing that I'm most impressed by is that you can see the lace on her shirt.

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#37

A Year Of Work, And Now A Custom Frame For Sonder Andesite

A Year Of Work, And Now A Custom Frame For Sonder Andesite

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Judy Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After all the time and love you put into the embroidery, it certainly deserves a custom frame! Looks amazing!

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#38

My Collection So Far!

My Collection So Far!

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Piglet
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The one of Homer backing into the hedge is iconic :)

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#39

For My Daughter The Gardener

For My Daughter The Gardener

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#40

Happy Sheep

Happy Sheep

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Judy Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never seen a leaping sheep in embroidery! So much work, but so worth it now!

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