7 Embroidery Books That Show You Step-by-Step Techniques

7 Embroidery Books That Show You Step-by-Step Techniques

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Embroidery How-To Books

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Have you ever seen an embroider’s work and want­ed to learn how they do it? Or maybe even (eth­i­cal­ly) recre­ate some of their works for your­self? Books are a great resource for that! I’m lucky to have received some incred­i­ble pub­li­ca­tions by super tal­ent­ed embroi­der­ers who will help you learn new skills and fan­cy up some of your jack­ets, tote bags, and hats.

I’ve list­ed all of these books—and more—in my Book­shop, which sup­ports local bookstores.

Add these 7 how-to embroidery books to your bookshelf for great instruction and inspiration!

Fresh­ly Stitched: Mod­ern Embroi­dery Projects for Absolute Begin­ners by Celeste John­ston — If you’ve always been curi­ous about embroi­dery but haven’t tried it yet, make sure you pick up Fresh­ly Stitched. It fea­tures help­ful tips and tricks for stitching—things you don’t learn until you’ve been embroi­der­ing for a while. (Like how to keep the knots at bay!) In addi­tion to prac­ti­cal advice and stitch guides, the book includes 20 projects that speak to Celeste’s love of nature and play­ful imagery.

The Mod­ern Embroi­dery Stu­dio by Lau­ren Holton — Lauren’s how-to book fea­tures 20 designs that you can stitch and wear. If you’ve been an admir­er of her work for a while, you’ll def­i­nite­ly want to check out The Mod­ern Embroi­dery Stu­dio; it has some of my very favorite pat­terns of hers with clear, step-by-step instruc­tions and her wis­dom sprin­kled throughout.

Empow­ered Embroi­dery: Trans­form Sketch­es Into Embroi­dery Pat­terns and Stitch Strong, Icon­ic Women from the Past and Present by Amy L. Fraz­er — Pay homage to trail­blaz­ing women with this book by Amy Fraz­er. Fri­da Kahlo, Michelle Oba­ma, and Ruth Bad­er Gins­berg are just a few of the famous fig­ures that you’ll learn how to cel­e­brate through thread painting.

Punch Nee­dle: Mas­ter the Art of Punch Needling Acces­sories for You and Your Home by Aroun­na Khoun­no­raj — Punch nee­dle is a type of embroi­dery that has gained some seri­ous pop­u­lar­i­ty over the years. Aroun­na Khoun­no­raj (aka Bookhou) is one who helped ush­er in its revival with her flo­ral and abstract designs. In this book, you’ll learn basic punch nee­dle stitch­es and projects to add some crafty beau­ty to your home.

Embroidery How-To Books

Tiny Stitch­es: But­tons, Badges, Patch­es, and Pins to Embroi­der by Irem Yazi­ci — Add some embroi­dered flair to your every­day life when you delve into Tiny Stitch­es. Irem has a wide array of sub­ject matter—from cac­ti to the cosmos—that will go on but­tons, pins, and patch­es. The book includes trans­fer sheets to make start­ing a pat­tern even easier.

Thread Folk: A Mod­ern Mak­ers Book of Embroi­dery Projects and Artist Col­lab­o­ra­tions by Lib­by Moore — Lib­by Moore, aka Thread Folk, first wowed me with her embroi­dery pat­terns that are col­lab­o­ra­tions with tal­ent­ed artists. She’s includ­ed some of those pat­terns as well as more of her own designs that make up the 15 projects. Aside from the projects, she shows you 14 dif­fer­ent stitch­es as well as tech­niques to stitch on clothes, shoes, pil­lows, and tote bags.

Beau­ti­ful Embroi­dered Acces­sories: Easy Ways to Per­son­al­ize Hats, Ban­danas, Totes, Den­im and Your Favorite Cloth­ing by Lexi Mire Brant­man — Lexi start­ed a trend of bespoke embroi­dery on hats, and now she’s shar­ing her exper­tise in Beau­ti­ful Embroi­dered Acces­sories. It fea­tures 25 designs on caps, totes, ban­danas, jack­ets, and more. She breaks down each project step-by-step and demys­ti­fies stitch­ing on seem­ing­ly hard-to-embroi­der things like hats and fan­ny packs. This book is per­fect for when you want to spiff up your wardrobe through col­or­ful stitching.


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