41 Things We Love About Embroidery

Fabric, Floss and Needles
Fabric, Floss and Needles. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

If you are new to embroidery, a seasoned stitcher, or simply an admirer of this artform, you could probably list more than a few things you love about embroidery. 

For example, I love that it's easy to get started. I also love that there are so many stitches, but that you can use them in new and different ways. Plus, there is a never-ending supply of inspiration via quotes, patterns, and the world around us (that's also a downside, because how will I ever stitch it all?).

 

I asked the stitchers I know what they love most about embroidery, and they came through with some fantastic answers! Read through these and you're sure to find some of the things you love, and you might just find some new reasons to adore this colorful, creative craft!

  • It's so satisfying to watch a picture come to life as colors are added.
  • I can't draw anything to save my life. Embroidery lets me draw with floss.
  • You are forced to sit and relax while doing it.
  • Freedom and forgiveness. It doesn't have to be just perfect because the thread helps you along, covering up slight imperfections and making it beautiful!
  • I love that no electricity is necessary.
  • I think for me, it's the incredible versatility. It can look rustic or sophisticated, old-fashioned or modern, pretty pretty and pretty cool.
  • The connection to the past. Women have embroidered for ever it seem, and I love that the art form hasn't changed much. A young girl transplanted from 1800 wouldn't understand much of our world, but the hoop and the practice remain mostly the same.
  • I love the freedom of following the pattern or not.
  • The feel of the fabric in one's hands, and the rhythmic movement of the needle in and out of the cloth.
  • Besides having a finished project, I love the process of stitching.
  • The unpredictability, you could start out with good intentions then go on a completely different route and still have an amazing finished piece!
  • The variety of stitches, which to me are like colors on a painter's palette.
  • The texture. Sometimes I run my hands across my embroideries.
  • The endless possibilities. You could give 100 people the exact same fabric and threads and they'd all come up with different things
  • That it is easy to pick up and put down. No counting.
  • It's portable and I don't need to be in front of my sewing machine to do it!
  • I love the sound of the thread as I pull it through the fabric - especially that little pop when the eye goes through.
  • It's easy to learn and there aren't many "rules".
  • It's a relaxing way to make gifts for family and friends to cherish.
  • I love the feel of the stitches on the fabric.
  • The quiet and concentration. It's very soothing and personal with what you are creating.
  • There is something to be said for the physical untangling of knots that happen … to help teach us patience to untangle metaphorical knots in our lives rather than cut it off.
  • The freedom to create!
  • I love the wide range of colors of floss and fiber we get to stitch with....it's like the Crayola 64-piece box on major steroids.
  • I love how a few tiny stitches can transform a sewn piece to something personal and unique.
  • It makes me slow down. It's the one craft I always take my time with & never rush through.
  • It's such good therapy.
  • The blending of colors and the infinite array of textures which vary endlessly with thread type/weight.
  • It keeps my hands busy. Plain and simple. Keeps my mind occupied and is a major stress reliever for me! 
  • It's like coloring but with floss!!
  • It's my method of meditation.
  • The best part is when I'm finished and I look at what I've made and realize I MADE IT!! It didn't exist before and now I've made something that can actually be used.
  • It brings out creativity yet forces patience. I need both in my life.
  • It's an instant gratification kind of craft for me.
  • The feeling of creating something permanent and beautiful out of such humble objects as fabric and thread.
  • It always got room for growth.
  • The self expression that requires time and patience.
  • I think I just love all of it.

Yep, I  think I love it all too. So many reasons to keep stitching, and perhaps learn to love it all even more. Now, think about what you love most about embroidery!

Many thanks to all who helped compile this list: abbyglassenberg, Acornandoaktextiles, Aimee_littledear, Alittlepatchwork, Amberleighcrafts, Amysinibaldi, Bobbin286, butterflystitcher, chic_noemi, Crafty_musings, Creativecortland, daisyeyes, d_rogal, enchantedfox, end80, finallysewing, handmaidstitch, harmoniekm88, heatheranthon, jacki_snowden, jugglinggeese, Kabobbing, kappalovescucumbers, katandoscarsmom, kathleenaogrady, kitty_peggy, Lacerslife, littletwigdesigns, Lisaannslife, Lisamwiner, lolliandgrace, megmormelI, miss_paula_in_stitchesMmgreens, mojoeret4, Nineteenohsix, plaidlovethreads, reading_while_stitching, Rebeccapike_x, Robertatrew, samsamsharee, seasidestitches, _sinnamin, Stitcharmony, SwoodsonSays, tallthinjones, Theblushingboston, thepinksamurai, threadthewick, Tulipandbunny, ‏wendigratz