Stitch Your Stress Away With These Unique Embroidery Kits
Much like adult coloring books, embroidery is more than just a fun way to pass the time. The meditative practice can be considered a form of self-care. Perhaps that's why the ancient craft has witnessed a modern resurgence over the last year or so as the world navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.
But what is embroidery exactly? It's the process of decorating fabric using a needle and floss (a.k.a thread), often cotton or wool. It's the overarching term for more specific forms of stitching, like needlepoint, which is counted stitching on a gridded canvas, and cross stitch, which is a type of embroidery stitch in which you use a singular X-shaped stitch.
And it seems that what began as a quarantine hobby for many is an art form that's here to stay, thanks to a wide variety of unique starter kits available for sale online. On places like Etsy and Amazon, you can find hundreds of hand embroidery kits ranging from crewel (wool), to modern patches for denim jackets and other textiles, to stamped canvases to guide you through more intricate designs. There's no shortage of styles, either. Opt for traditional florals or landscapes, modern word art, or whimsical designs fit for kids.
For best results—especially if you're a novice—look for comprehensive kits that include everything you need to get started on your project. Many embroidery kits only come with the stitch guide (detailed instructions for creating the design), which may leave newbies confused about what fabrics, hoops, needles, and thread to buy.
Here, the best of what's available online.
Try your hand at this resurging craft.