Eye Candy | Freeform Embroidery

Thread Softly

July 30 is always World Embroidery Day – a day when we celebrate the slowness of stitching and enjoy the company of needle, fabric and thread. I thought I’d share some of my past embroideries (including a skirt, artist trading cards and wall hangings), as eye candy and maybe inspiration for you to pick up a needle and experiment a bit on your own!


Embroidered Heart
Embroidery has my heart.

Jeans Skirt Stitches 5
I like to wear it too, this is a detail of my hand sewn and embroidered DIY Skirt.

Sunshine ATC
Artist Trading Cards are fun to make, I like to make owls and sunshine and magic trees.

I made a Wool Bracelet
Experimenting with stitching on wool, and still learning.

TAST ongoing stitch sampler
Still unfinished, the TAST Stitch Sampler.

Finished embroidery inches
Pink Inches for a swap.

Detail of Fly photo over a Inner Landscape I
Detail of Fly photo over a Inner Landscape.

Embroidered bracelet by Margot
Having fantasy is more important than knowledge – bracelet by my friend Margot.

Vrldsbroderidagen - World Embroidery Day July 30

If you would like to know more about the World Embroidery Day you can visit the Swedish Embroidery Guild’s page July 30, where I’ve tried to compile some information about this celebration. If you’re also a fan of slow crafts, mark your calendar and celebrate along with Sweden and the rest of the world next year!

Keep the needle glowing!

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14 Responses to Eye Candy | Freeform Embroidery

  1. Meghan says:

    Amazing! I’m feeling very inspired.

  2. yvonne Andersson says:

    h s mnga fina broderier, man blir sugen p att gra ngot nytt hela tiden.
    Happy Embroidery day.

  3. Debi says:

    I’m inspired but just no energy or time right now to give it a whirl. lol

    I had no idea that there was a Embroidery Day but then too, I didn’t realize either that there was a National Cheesecake Day either until yesterday [which is when it was!] Had to participate in that one though ‘cuz I can’t pass up cheesecake. lol

    As for sewing, I so wish I had a small sewing machine and could thread it ‘cuz I’m itching like crazy to try sewing on my ICAD’s and altered rolodex cards. I just love the look of the stitching on the cards!

    • iHanna says:

      Thanks Debi, Cheescake Day sounds like something to celebrate indeed.

      Maybe you could try handstitching on one of those index cards as a first try, then consider getting a small sewing machine, if you can? Stitching paper is super fun, I promise you!

  4. Christie Juhasz says:

    I’ve gotten away from stitching because of focusing more on drawing and painting. But after seeing all your beautiful work and being inspired, I’m going to have to start at least a little project.

    • iHanna says:

      Christie, I’ve got several small projects of hand embroidery going right now. They’re very satisfying, and I love how easy it is to pack and take with me outside – Sweden is super hot right now and I need water, shade and needle + thread most of the time. :-)

  5. Hanna this is wonderful work. I love that W B Yeats quote.

    • iHanna says:

      Thank you Carol Ann, when I saw that quote I knew I needed to stitch it, even though it is rather sad it is sooo beautiful.

  6. stephanie says:

    i am sooo inspired. using cool mixed media designs with thread and fabric

    • iHanna says:

      Glad to hear that you feel inspired Stephanie, thanks and let me know if you make any mixed media embroidery projects – those are my favorites!

  7. Chris says:

    Do you not LOVE inchies?! Those pink inchies instantly cheered me. Going through a rough period and knew just what site to check out to feel better. Maybe I’ll be able to get my sewing machine out this weekend. YUM.

    • iHanna says:

      Thanks Chris, I hope you’re exercising your sewing machine, maybe on paper for some new art journal or index card sewing? I hope you feel better!

  8. Andria says:

    Amazing work! Embroidery is an art form I’ve not yet tried, and didn’t have any interest in until I’ve spent time over the years seeing your work. Lovely!

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