Embroidery Ideas – (Unconventional Hand Embroidery)

Things to Embroider

This post is all about unconventional mediums and embroidery ideas for your next craft project!

I’m always looking for ways to embroider on new things, or frame things differently because sometimes a plain wood embroidery hoop can get boring. I decided to make a list of articles of clothing, materials, and ways to frame embroidery that keeps things interesting.

embroidered dog on a canvas hat

Canvas Hats

I love embroidering pet portraits on canvas hats. Why not wear your art instead of just displaying it on the wall?

embroidered word nope on clothing

Embroidered Clothing

Going to the thrift store really gives me inspiration, and in turn gives me new embroidery ideas and materials to work with. My favorite types of clothes to work with are tank tops and anything that is linen and denim. I like to scope out super basic and simple clothes that I can make colorful with embroidery. It also makes it easier to not have to compete with other patterns or embellishments on the clothing. These materials and styles of clothing are super easy to embroider on and look so great when you’re finished with the embroidery.

embroidery in a vintage frame

In Vintage Frames

Another thing I look for in antique shops and thrift stores are vintage frames. My favorite are these brassy oval frames. They’re so pretty and it’s really easy to pop your finished piece into a frame once you’re finished!

embroidered pug on a felt patch
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Make a Patch

Embroider onto a piece of felt or fabric to make a patch to sew on to your favorite jacket. Felt is neat to work with because you don’t have to worry about hemming the edges when you’re finished because it doesn’t fray!

embroidered quote on a banner

Make a Banner

Are you good with a sewing machine? This is another way you can hang your embroidery up on the wall without the hoop. Make sure to plan out your sewing pattern first, then sew your embroidery design, and then assemble the banner.

Find someone who makes handmade frames, like StitchLifeStudio!

I hope this inspired you to work outside the hoop, or show you that embroidery can be used in so many different ways. Have any other ideas I didn’t cover? Leave a comment and let me know!