We humans have the unique ability to take something ordinary and add a little extra to it. While this interest of ours has culminated in a myriad of decorative art forms, embroidery is one of those that we've invested most of our time and effort in.

You're already familiar with it even if the name sounds foreign. In simple terms, embroidery is the process of applying decorative designs onto fabric using a needle—these motifs are traditionally rendered in thread and are composed of different kinds of stitches.

Embroidery has existed, in some form, in virtually every population. Whether they've displayed it on clothing, home goods, or as an artwork, this is a timeless craft that has become an integral part of our material world. And the subreddit r/Embroidery has the pics to prove it.

This online community has 628K members, constantly showing off their best works, and many are so good, we think they deserve your attention as well. Continue scrolling to check out some of their latest projects and fire up our earlier publications on the subreddit here and here for more.

#1

A Couple Thousand French Knots & Endless Hours Later, I Finished This 22" Star Chart! Really Pleased With How It Came Out

A Couple Thousand French Knots & Endless Hours Later, I Finished This 22" Star Chart! Really Pleased With How It Came Out

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Gosiaatje
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2 months ago

Jaw dropping!

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#2

Finished My Most Ambitious Project To This Day. I Present To You My True To Size 3D Atlas Moth

Finished My Most Ambitious Project To This Day. I Present To You My True To Size 3D Atlas Moth

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Jelena
Community Member
2 months ago

This is amazing and very beautiful, an extraordinary skill!!!!

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The oldest surviving embroideries are Scythian, dating back to between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE. However, other civilizations also have long traditions of the craft. Roughly from 330 CE until the 15th century, for example, Byzantium produced embroideries lavishly ornamented with gold. 

And while ancient Chinese embroideries have been excavated dating from the T'ang dynasty (618–907 CE), the most famous examples from that region are the imperial silk robes of the Ch'ing dynasty (1644–1911/12).

In India embroidery was also an ancient craft, but it is from the Mughal period (from 1556) that numerous pieces have survived, many finding their way to Europe from the 17th to the 18th century through the East India trade.

#3

Lotus Pickers Done With French Knot Stitching. Took A Lot Of Time. What Do You Think?

Lotus Pickers Done With French Knot Stitching. Took A Lot Of Time. What Do You Think?

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Genny McD
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2 months ago

W.O.W. that's beautiful!

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#4

Silly Rabbit

Silly Rabbit

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Linda van A.
Community Member
2 months ago

A rabbit doing a shadowhand, this is priceless.

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#5

Someone Recently Called Me Bob Floss

Someone Recently Called Me Bob Floss

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Dave Rita Brenholt
Community Member
2 months ago

Incredible! The depth you created with choice of colors and stitch length makes me want to reach out and touch it. Well done. BRAVO!

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From the 16th century, Turkey produced elaborate embroideries in gold and colored silks with an impressive repertoire of stylized forms such as pomegranates, the tulip motif eventually predominating.

The Greek islands in the 18th and 19th centuries produced many geometric embroidery patterns, which differed from island to island, with those of the Ionian islands and Scyros showing Turkish influence.

#6

First Project Ever

First Project Ever

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Peej Maybe
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm upvoting this because I really fancy trying my hand at embroidery and know that my first piece isn't going to look as good / cute as this, so well done you!

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#7

Made By Nikki Mcmullen

Made By Nikki Mcmullen

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Agent 8433599
Community Member
2 months ago

Fabulous!! I wish I had trousers like that!

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#8

Gift To Myself For My 28th Birthday (Self-Portrait)

Gift To Myself For My 28th Birthday (Self-Portrait)

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Tash
Community Member
2 months ago

So clever!

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#9

Bird On A Wire

Bird On A Wire

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RafCo (he/him)
Community Member
2 months ago

gorgeous! what amazing talent and grit. It would take me hours to create a painting this detailed, I can't imagine what it would take with string

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The 10th-century stole of St. Cuthbert, embroidered in gold thread and preserved in Durham Cathedral, is the earliest surviving work of English embroidery.

The Crusades transmitted motifs of Saracenic art (such as pairs of confronting stylized animals), further reinforcing Byzantine influence in Europe and initiating heraldic embroidery.

#10

All Finished! Forgot To Post It Earlier But It Took Me A Week To Finish. I Think It Looks Nice For Spring

All Finished! Forgot To Post It Earlier But It Took Me A Week To Finish. I Think It Looks Nice For Spring

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Weim Central
Community Member
2 months ago

It's bloomin' brilliant!

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#11

Ukrainian Embroidery All By My Grandmother

Ukrainian Embroidery All By My Grandmother

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Genny McD
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG! please post these individually. These are beautiful!

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#12

A Larger Bird’s Eye View Embroidery With French Knots & Satin Stitch. What Do You Think?

A Larger Bird’s Eye View Embroidery With French Knots & Satin Stitch. What Do You Think?

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Torsten
Community Member
2 months ago

The clouds!

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#13

A New One

A New One

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Whippet With A Cheeseburger
Community Member
2 months ago

Gorgeous!

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In 1561 Elizabeth I granted a charter of incorporation to the Broderer's Company. It was a further step in the development of secular embroidery, already apparent in Henry VIII's reign.

Sixteenth-century English and French embroidery, in fact, were closely related, both tending to adapt engraved designs for their needlework patterns.

#14

Llama Kuzco Is Finished! I’m So Thrilled With How This Turned Out!

Llama Kuzco Is Finished! I’m So Thrilled With How This Turned Out!

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Agent 8433599
Community Member
2 months ago

I want this!! No, I NEED this!!!

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#15

Newest 3” Hoop

Newest 3” Hoop

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Whippet With A Cheeseburger
Community Member
2 months ago

This is incredible. You can practically feel the gusts of wind, hear the rustling of the grass.

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#16

Loving How This Fishnet Piece Came Out !

Loving How This Fishnet Piece Came Out !

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Pam Ballestero
Community Member
2 months ago

Incredible!

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#17

This Is The Proudest I’ve Felt In A Long Time

This Is The Proudest I’ve Felt In A Long Time

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Weim Central
Community Member
2 months ago

This is just gorgeous!

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At the time, embroidery was becoming an amateur craft rather than a profession, a change that was even more visible in the 17th century.

The fashion for crewel work, or worsted (wool) embroidery, dates largely from the 17th century, as does needlepoint, or canvas work. Samplers, used to record stitches and designs, became mainly decorative after the appearance of pattern books.

#18

Anybody Like Red Pandas? How About Fuchsia Ones?

Anybody Like Red Pandas? How About Fuchsia Ones?

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Tash
Community Member
2 months ago

I love it!

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#19

Made A Little Hobbit Hole For My Sister In Law For Christmas!

Made A Little Hobbit Hole For My Sister In Law For Christmas!

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RMA
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautifully worked!

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#20

My Most Ambitious Embroidery Project Yet!

My Most Ambitious Embroidery Project Yet!

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Paula Pattison
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my goodness, amazing

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#21

My Non Embroidering Boyfriend Got A Kit And Made Me This Cross Stitch Pendant And It Really Blew Me Away. Happy Valentines Day

My Non Embroidering Boyfriend Got A Kit And Made Me This Cross Stitch Pendant And It Really Blew Me Away. Happy Valentines Day

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Linda van der Pal
Community Member
2 months ago

He's now definitely no longer 'non-embroidering'! :)

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Embroidery in 17th- and 18th-century North America also reflected European skills and conventions, however, the designs were often simpler and the stitches were often modified to save thread; samplers, embroidered pictures, and mourning pictures were the most popular.

In the early 19th century almost all other forms of embroidery in England and North America were superseded by a type of needlepoint known as Berlin woolwork.

#22

“Knit 1 Purl 2. Knit 1 Purl 2. That’s Right!”

“Knit 1 Purl 2. Knit 1 Purl 2. That’s Right!”

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Woltax
Community Member
2 months ago

Stunning 👍🏻

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#23

First Design Of My Own With Embroidery. It’s Imperfect, But It’s My Favorite Piece Of Art I Now Own

First Design Of My Own With Embroidery. It’s Imperfect, But It’s My Favorite Piece Of Art I Now Own

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Woltax
Community Member
2 months ago

I‘m so sorry, but you‘re wrong - it‘s perfect!

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#24

Hand Embroidered Self Portrait

Hand Embroidered Self Portrait

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Bouthaina Van buuren
Community Member
2 months ago

Great work, also I love how colourful you are!

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Coming back to the subreddit, its moderators say that you don't need much to get started. The most basic supplies for hand embroidery are a hoop, a needle, fabric, and some 6-stranded embroidery floss. That's really it. Of course, you do need scissors to snip your thread and a way to transfer the design to your fabric but these are the things needed to actually stitch and likely the only items you don't already have in your home.

#25

I Finally Finished This Piece

I Finally Finished This Piece

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Weim Central
Community Member
2 months ago

Very cool and very precise!

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#26

Realism First Attempt!

Realism First Attempt!

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Whippet With A Cheeseburger
Community Member
2 months ago

I love the soft colors.

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#27

My First Embroidery Of 2022!

My First Embroidery Of 2022!

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lefty libra
Community Member
2 months ago

the eyes 🥰 the paws 😍

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#28

My Wild Thing Denim Vest Is Finally Done(?)

My Wild Thing Denim Vest Is Finally Done(?)

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Pam Ballestero
Community Member
2 months ago

Well done!

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A very good way to start from the absolute beginning is to order an embroidery kit. Most will have 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," the mods said. "Kits also have the benefit of explaining what stitches you should be using in what section ... Once you complete your kit you then have a hoop and needle to use for other projects as well."

If you do decide to give embroidery a go, the subreddit has pretty much all the information a newbie might need.

#29

Full-Length Hand Embroidery Of A Cat Is Ready

Full-Length Hand Embroidery Of A Cat Is Ready

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Linda van A.
Community Member
2 months ago

I zoomed in to see if it was 't a real cat. I'm still not convinced.

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#30

Progress Pic: Landscape Thread Painting. This Is Taking Forever!

Progress Pic: Landscape Thread Painting. This Is Taking Forever!

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Whippet With A Cheeseburger
Community Member
2 months ago

You, my friend, have the patience of a god. I would have screamed and thrown this across the room after fifteen minutes of embroidering.

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#31

Willow Tree In Summer

Willow Tree In Summer

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Ducky Oboe
Community Member
2 months ago

How is this not higher up?!?! It reminds me of a summer in Michigan

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#32

Meowwwww , 1 Strand On 8” Hoop

Meowwwww , 1 Strand On 8” Hoop

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Pam Ballestero
Community Member
2 months ago

Incredible!

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#33

Astronomer Here! I’ve Embroidered The Night Sky!

Astronomer Here! I’ve Embroidered The Night Sky!

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Agent 8433599
Community Member
2 months ago

I love the blueish/blackish/purpleish color! Unrelated, I know, but it's super pretty!

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#34

Psa For Anyone Who Needs To Be Reminded Of This Today

Psa For Anyone Who Needs To Be Reminded Of This Today

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Pam Ballestero
Community Member
2 months ago

Perfect!

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#35

Patrick Stewart Received The Portrait I Created Of Him, And Replied With A Thank You Note. Brb While I Turn Into A Puddle Of Glee

Patrick Stewart Received The Portrait I Created Of Him, And Replied With A Thank You Note. Brb While I Turn Into A Puddle Of Glee

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Pam Ballestero
Community Member
2 months ago

That is just incredible!

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#36

My Bunny

My Bunny

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Rachel Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

This is truly spectacular

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#37

My Latest Embroidery “Weavers Of Life”, 8” Radius, December 2021. A Reminder To Remember Those Who Weave Our Clothing

My Latest Embroidery “Weavers Of Life”, 8” Radius, December 2021. A Reminder To Remember Those Who Weave Our Clothing

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RMA
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it and it is very well done but it bothers me that that is knitting, not weaving.

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#38

My Covid 19 Candid Internet Photo Inspired Embroidery

My Covid 19 Candid Internet Photo Inspired Embroidery

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 months ago

These are great

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#39

I Took A Stab At Charlotte’s Web. Sadly, I’m No Charlotte!

I Took A Stab At Charlotte’s Web. Sadly, I’m No Charlotte!

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
2 months ago

That is some pig

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#40

Finished Up This Crow Yesterday

Finished Up This Crow Yesterday

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Onion Cutting Ninja
Community Member
2 months ago

I make 92$ an hour doing something just kidding im not a bot lol.

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#41

My Second Embroidery Kit Completed And I’m So Pleased!

My Second Embroidery Kit Completed And I’m So Pleased!

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A Méndez
Community Member
2 months ago

Love it

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#42

I Finished This Morton Salt Girl Project Yesterday And I'm So Proud!

I Finished This Morton Salt Girl Project Yesterday And I'm So Proud!

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Im not familiar, is this a common brand overseas?

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#43

Happy World Tapir Day!

Happy World Tapir Day!

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Whippet With A Cheeseburger
Community Member
2 months ago

Tapi!!!

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#44

My Embroidery Diary Did Not Go Too Well

My Embroidery Diary Did Not Go Too Well

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Anna Banana
Community Member
2 months ago

Relatable.

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#45

Finished My First Embroidery Ever!

Finished My First Embroidery Ever!

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Rachel Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow good job, I also started with flowers but am ready to expand to new things!

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#46

My Star Wars Themed Embroidery Piece, Inspired By The Swamps Of Dagobah!

My Star Wars Themed Embroidery Piece, Inspired By The Swamps Of Dagobah!

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Isabel
Community Member
2 months ago

Good at embroidery you are!

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#47

Due To Personal Reasons, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Due To Personal Reasons, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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Woltax
Community Member
2 months ago

That‘s what I wanted to say…🤔

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#48

So So Proud Of The Result

So So Proud Of The Result

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Linda van A.
Community Member
2 months ago

You should be!

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#49

Barn Owl. Embroidered Bag

Barn Owl. Embroidered Bag

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Tash
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats amazing- I would buy that

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#50

My First Stab At Embroidery. Any Tips To Make It Look Less Like A Paint By Number?

My First Stab At Embroidery. Any Tips To Make It Look Less Like A Paint By Number?

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Katrijn Vermeiren
Community Member
2 months ago

Use finer thread. Maybe 2 of the 6 threads. This way you can make finer 'brush strokes'.

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