Pretty Embroidered Projects

Seeing these just somehow made me feel happy...


Have you ever embroidered? It is so relaxing. I just may have to take it up again.

It goes something like this...



Leanne's House does a bit to show you.



An absolutely lovely apron from Decor To Adore.


These pretty covered buttons are just altogether too stinkin' cute by 
Isa Creative Musings.



A Beautiful Mess made one beautiful lampshade.


Jane Brocket used embroidered pieces to make this quilt.


This is one of my favorite photos of all time at the home of Sweet Cottage Dreams.



Fiberluscious had a cute idea. Love the embellished pins.


Elegant and simply adorable by Isa Creative Musings.


Dotty and embroidered apron by Pleasant Home.

I've got just the project a friend sent me. I need to find time to get it out and work on it. 


Do you think embroidery is a lost art? Do you embroider?

You can find my Embroidered Pretties Pinterest board here.

40 comments

  1. All of the projects are cute. But that pincushion and those buttons are so so cute. I used to do lots of crewel work but have not in ages. Sheila

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  2. Hi Brenda. I cross stitch but reading this post made me remember that I have a small embroidery picture that I started. I remember is was quite easy to do. I will have to dig it out and finish it. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  3. My grandmother taught to to embroider, when I was about 8, then a neighbor helped me to become a lot better. My mother in law was an absolute expert in all kind of handwork. I have lots of thing she did, including a set of tea towels, and potholders with a sunbonnet sue pattern. I keep trying to think of a way to display them. Embroidery is so relaxing. Knitting is coming back , maybe embroidery will too. On Wednesday I thrifted a set of cowgirl transfers from the 50's. I think I will put them on aprons. You have given some great examples.

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  4. My grandmother taught to to embroider, when I was about 8, then a neighbor helped me to become a lot better. My mother in law was an absolute expert in all kind of handwork. I have lots of thing she did, including a set of tea towels, and potholders with a sunbonnet sue pattern. I keep trying to think of a way to display them. Embroidery is so relaxing. Knitting is coming back , maybe embroidery will too. On Wednesday I thrifted a set of cowgirl transfers from the 50's. I think I will put them on aprons. You have given some great examples.

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  5. I LOVE embroidery. It's been on my mine lately too. Thanks for sharing these pixs. Love them.

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  6. Beautiful photos! I don't embroider ,not a crafty bone in my body! I wish though. My Mum embroiders beautifully and I am lucky to have a tablecloth she did many years ago.

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  7. Love that bed full of beautiful pillows! I like to embroider too. I go from craft to craft and right now it's crochet.

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  8. I finished my 1st project in May. It was fun learning new stitches. I had to use YouTube alot. I usually cross stitch. It is very relaxing.

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  9. How are the squares in the first picture made? Are they cut out of a bigger piece? If so, how are they made so stiff and straight? thanks

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  10. I used to do it when I had a shop (long long ago and faraway ;)) My mother did it and I have pieces of hers and my paternal grandmother's which look like some of these photos. I really like that idea of making a quilt out of them, but I don't know if I would be able to cut them up like that. I also have a lot of crochet pieces that I pull out every now and again. All these things represent connections to times gone by, so even though I have no one to pass them on to, I still can't bring myself to alter them.

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  11. I love to embroider! I started a couple of projects that I work on in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons since I don't have papers to grade. :-) I'm not sure that I'm all that great at it, but I find it very relaxing. You found some great inspiration pictures, Brenda!

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  12. Love the pincushion!! I would have trouble putting any pins in it because it is so beautiful! Both aprons are just adorable. So many lovely photographs of gorgeous handwork. Thanks for sharing all the embroidery!

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  13. I guessed that was Hen House when I saw the photo! :O) I love embroidery, and all the photos you've shared are beautiful examples. I used to embroider in my teens, and almost everything I made was given away as gifts. I don't know, but I do think maybe it's an art that's been "asleep" for a long while. I think maybe some of us are afraid to try it because it seems more "artistic," but I remember it being pretty easy and working up quickly. I wonder if Walmart sells pillowslips and dresser scarves to embroider like the old 5 & 10 stores. You have inspired me, Brenda, except that I'm already dabbling in more than I can accomplish as it is. But then, what's one more! Enjoy your weekend. Bess

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  14. Oh gosh, you are inspiring me! Just what I need, more projects! But I love the examples. My mother used to embroider pillow cases for all of us at Christmas. That would be a nice tradition to bring back . . I love old embroidered pieces. So pretty!

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  15. I try to embroider every day. It's my form of relaxation. With three kids under 10 there is not a lot of stitching but if I can get a few stitches in, I'm a happy woman. I keep a small portable project in my handbag so if I am waiting even for five minutes, I'll take it out and have a little stitch!

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  16. Beautiful finds for today Brenda! I used to embroider but gave it up. I found that I just couldn't sit still that long. I haven't done it in a while, but like you, may have to give it another try!

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  17. Oh Brenda, I have collected lots of embroidered table clothes, pillow cases and dresser scarves. I didn't know what to do with them, but the quilt it perfect! I am a quilter too. I can't wait to start putting it together. Thanks for sharing. I do embroidery, but my sister is better at it :) Thank you for sharing these treasures.
    Clara

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  18. Oh Brenda, I have collected lots of embroidered table clothes, pillow cases and dresser scarves. I didn't know what to do with them, but the quilt it perfect! I am a quilter too. I can't wait to start putting it together. Thanks for sharing. I do embroidery, but my sister is better at it :) Thank you for sharing these treasures.
    Clara

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  19. I used to embroider but I gave away everything I made. Sometimes I wish I had kept them.

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  20. I took up embroidery again last year after decades. I find it relaxing and surprisingly quick. Mostly I make napkins - white on white are my favorite because they look so crisp and they can be bleached.

    I am going back now to pin each of your pics.

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  21. I took up embroidery again last year after decades. I find it relaxing and surprisingly quick. Mostly I make napkins - white on white are my favorite because they look so crisp and they can be bleached.

    I am going back now to pin each of your pics.

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  22. Brenda, if you start embroidering you can sell your creations on etsy or a little shop ;-)
    Just a thought......

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  23. These colors are just gorgeous. I am in love with all of these projects. It makes me want to redecorate everything in pastel colors...and learn to embroider!

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  24. Oh what lovely eye candy! I highly recommend finding some sort of handwork that you enjoy... I cross stitch, knit and quilt...I find time spent with a needle and thread is very relaxing. It keeps me sane... or what passes for that...LOL!

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  25. Love these. I had the quilt pinned already. I want to make it. Thanks for sharing the collection.
    Have a great Saturday.

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  26. These are all so pretty. The apron is almost too pretty to wear. I love embroidered things and used to do a bit years ago. I don't know if my arthritic fingers would let me do much now. That is a great idea the comment above said about white on white and being able to bleach. Never thought of that.

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  27. I used to do it a lot when I was younger..I recently bought an apron and decals at Walmart to work on so I need to get the iron and ironing board out this weekend to transfer the images so I can start stitching...

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  28. Always a treat to see vintage linen! Thank you for sharing Brenda. I enjoy drawing my own patterns then doing some relaxing with needle and pearle cotton thread of many colors. Easy peasy, and no tangled threads like the old floss ,,,separating threads is too frustrating for me.

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  29. I don't do embroidery but love to cross stitch.. Have stitched many Prairie Schooler Santas. I use them to decorate my Christmas tree. Sooo much fun.
    Would love to see some of your embroidery talent.
    Charlotte

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  30. I learned to embroider when I was a girl (a long, long time ago). These projects are so pretty, I may just have to take it up again!

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  31. I have a lot of embrodery from my grandmas. I was thinking of making them into a quilt. But now that I saw the pillows! I haven't done any of this in ages. Us girls all learned to do this when we were kids

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  32. I love embroidered linens too and the buttons are the cutest thing!

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  33. I love embroidery and agree with you, that is so relaxing. I love all the pretty photo's you put up for this post. I think it's the sense of nostalgia that it brings for me.

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  34. I love embroidery! I'm terrible at it but may just need to give it a try again.
    Brenda, remember when you decorated a lampshade for that contest? Well, I was in Homegoods and was surprised to see shades that looked very much like yours! VERY much like yours.

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  35. I do a little here and there but with just the simplest of stitches. Karen over at Quilts etc. just recently finished up a large piece called Winter Wonderland that she's been working on. It's is adorable! Later on she'll put log cabin quilt blocks around it.....I went and found the link to the post where she finished the blocks and sewed them together...it's here: http://karensquilting.com/blog/2015/07/lots-of-progress/

    I love all of these in your post ! Eye candy galore : )

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  36. I love to embroider! Thanks for sharing these.

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  37. I love cross stitching and embroidery! It is so very relaxing and as far as hobbies go, it is pretty inexpensive. Brenda, there are so many online sources for supplies and I would recommend purchasing a small, beginner or easy kit first.

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  38. Beautiful embroideries Brenda! Love all these photos!

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  39. What beautiful and inspiring pictures. I need to get my sewing box out....

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  40. All the pictures are beautiful and they bring back memories of my mother and both grandmothers. I learned to embroidery in the 50's but have not in years. You have given me inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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