One of my new favorite crafty-like things I like to do to occupy my idle time (as if I had any!) is needlework, specifically embroidery. I’m still very much a beginner. My needlework is sketchy to say the least, but it’s oh so rewarding. Nothing makes me happier (well, maybe a few things do) than toiling away at a piece of embroidery and then finishing it! Voila! It becomes an awesome, handmade piece of artistry that I spent hours on! It’s very satisfying.

While I enjoy a lot of the gaudy floral kitschy embroidery and cross stitch, my faves are the sublimely beautiful artistic patterns, the modern angular ones or the SUPER ironic ones. I’ve gathered a few needlework kits that I feel are extremely cool. I’ve personally used a Sublime Stitching kit, have bought but not used a Charley Harper Purl Soho kit and have bought a finished Subversive Cross Stitch piece and can say that the quality of those are superb.

What are your favorite designs or kits? Do you prefer cross stitch, embroidery or needlepoint?

crewel embroidery by Tako Fibers

Julie West pattern by Sublime Stitching

Charley Harper embroidery from Purl Soho

UFO cross stitch pattern by And Wabi Sabi

cross stitch by Subversive Cross Stitch

Vintage Camera embroidery by Kitschy Digitals

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