What to do with embroidery

An embroidery project is a fun, satisfying way to spend to your time, but if you don’t know what you’re going to do with it afterwards, you could end up with a craft bag full of completed embroidery with no way to show it off.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can get the most out of your embroidery so you can craft not just for pleasure but with purpose.


One of the most exciting ways to use embroidery is to decorate existing items, and bring fresh life to old clothes, furniture or accessories. Adding a surface embroidery design to an old handbag you’ve been hoarding but not using could make it the highlight of an outfit!


A completed embroidery pattern could be perfect for display. It’s not just artwork in its own right, it’s also a symbol of your skill and commitment. A small project could sit in a frame on your desk, while a larger one could be displayed as a wall hanging.

Many embroidery patterns will include instructions for finishing the fabric so it can be displayed in the hoop you made it in – while this takes an embroidery hoop out of circulation, it can be a neat and pleasing way to show off your work.


A handmade gift is more meaningful than anything you can buy in the shops. Whether you make someone their own piece of embroidery to display at home, or decorate something to give it it’s own look, you’re giving a unique gift that’s tailored to them – something money can’t buy.

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