Inside: Helpful Embroidery Books

So…you are thinking about picking up embroidery. That’s amazing! Embroidery is such an amazing hobby to have. It’s something that you can build on for the rest of your life. I mean that.

There are so many different stitching styles that exist as well as all of the new ones being created that you could very well be learning and mastering new things for the rest of your life.

I think this is one of the best qualities that embroidery has to offer. You can never get bored of it, there are always more things to learn and perfect.

Embroidery Design Books

Many people have it in their heads that embroidery is an old lady hobby… like it’s a bad thing. First of all, it’s not. But even if it was, I think that the best hobbies can be looped in with old ladies. Think about it…they have been around for decades.

They’ve seen the world, gained wisdom, and if with that wisdom they decide to pick up embroidery…I’m going to trust that judgment. It must be pretty cool!

Still, that ideology is outdated and wrong. Some of the most famous people today are embroiderers. It’s a long list, and would you believe me if I told you that both Gwen Stafani AND Ryan Gosling are on it? Does this guy ever quit? He’s the hottest man alive AND he enjoys himself a good embroider session? Talk about swoon.

Embroidery itself has been around for centuries. Embroidery’s roots come from the regions of China and the near east. The earliest forms that we know of were dated all the way back to 30,000 BCE! Scientists discovered this when hand-stitched and decorated clothing was found. Isn’t that crazy? It’s a timeless art form that many of the old greats have participated in. So when you embroider it’s like crafting in a time machine.

There are many benefits that come along with it as well, other than the beautiful end result of your work. Let’s briefly discuss this:

The Benefits of Embroidery

You wouldn’t believe the kind of benefits that come from such a simple hobby. I would have never correlated these things on my own, but now that I’ve learned about them it’s very clear!

Embroidery is essentially a form of mindfulness. You are spending hours focussing on one thing very intently, just being in the moment the best you can. This act alone lowers your blood pressure and reduces your heart rate. Your anxiety even goes down as well as your depression. It’s been proven to enhance moods and is a good outlet for expression.

Physically, embroidery is great for keeping your eyes sharp. This is because you are continuously working on your hand-eye coordination. Having a hobby gives you a sense of identity, and that can also help to improve your confidence. It also improves your confidence because you are showing yourself that you are a capable human being.

You can do anything you set your mind to!

So if all of these things sound good to you, then you are probably considering starting your embroidery journey…yes I call it a journey. It is! I am so happy that you are here, welcome.

To get you started, I have compiled a list of 23 of the most helpful Embroidery Books for Stitches and Patterns. These books will act as comprehensive guides, showing you the lay of the land before allowing you to run off on your own. These books are great because they don’t just have descriptions, but visual aid as well. So you will really have everything you’ll need to get started. Minus your actual supplies of course. Check these out.

Crewel Embroidery Book

Embroidery Book Patterns

1. Over 200 Embroidery Stitches

2. Stitch Craft

3. Embroider of the World

4. Flower Embroidery

5. Hand Embroidery

6. A-Z Embroidery

7. Book of Embroidery

8. Wardrobe Embroidery

9. Plant Lady Embroidery

Embroidery Stitch Guide Books

10. Stitch Guide At a Glance

11. Embroidery & Craz

12. Embroidery Stitching

13. Contemporary Embroidery

14. Hand Embroidery stitches

15. Embroider Everything

Beginners guide to embroidery

Embroidery Books for Beginners

Being a beginner is nothing to be ashamed of, if anything it’s quite the opposite. Being new at something is one of the bravest and cool things you can do. It shows that you aren’t afraid to try new things, even if you know there is a learning curve. The good news with embroidery is that the learning curve goes at your own pace. You can take your time and learn some basic stitches very thoroughly, and then use those stitches to create until you are ready to learn another. So check out these awesome books for beginner embroider enthusiasts.

16. Freshly Stitched

17. Silk Ribbon Embroidery

18. Crewel Embroidery

19. Thread Folk

20. Mystical Stitches

21. Hand Embroidery for beginners

22. Embroidery for Everyone

23. Sashiko Embroidery

There you have it, 23 of the most helpful embroidery books known to man. I hope you found one that spoke to you. I’m so excited that you decided to start on this amazing journey. Embroidery has really improved my life since it became my go-to hobby all those years ago, and I really think it can do the same for you. These books are just the start. What’s even better is that you get to keep them forever, and pass them down to the people you love. Happy Embroidering!

Plant Lady Embroidery book

More Ideas You’ll Love

  • How To Do Brazilian Embroidery + Easy Patterns – Since we are on the discussion of learning new stitch patterns, I thought I’d better include this article on Brazilian Embroidery. Brazilian Embroidery is a style of stitching that really utilizes the bullion knot and the cast on the stitch. Both of which are pretty easy to achieve once you get the hangout it. They create really awesome 3-D-like embroidery finishes that are just unmatched anywhere else. So click here to learn how to do it.
  • 17 Hydrangea Embroidery Designs & Patterns –  Flowers are another perfect thing to learn when you are just learning how to embroider. I find that there are countless simple stitch patterns that even some who have never even picked up a needle could accomplish. Plus the end results are always so cute and impressive, you really can’t go wrong. So click here and check out these 17 Hydrangea Embroidery Designs & Patterns to get you started.
  • 27+ Anime Embroidery Designs + Patterns – I wanted to include an out-of-the-box idea as well, to show you how truly limitless your options are with this hobby. You can create your own anime clothing and decor that means twice as much as it would if you were to have just boughten it. That’s amazing! So check out this list of over 27 of the coolest anime embroidery designs & Patterns that will help you decide on your next project.