A Guide to DIY Modern Embroidery

It’s official, embroidery is in. From the runways of Dior to Alexander McQueen, it’s everywhere, and Anna Wintour named it as one of the top 8 trends of 2020. When you think of embroidery, you might think of your grandma’s old needlework projects— in reality, there’s a whole community of young embroiderers creating super chic patterns for their followers to recreate.

The possibilities are endless; hang them on your wall, add them to a plain white tee, or spice up an old pair of jeans. There’s never been a better time to pick up this skill, so check out one of these 3 embroidery bloggers to get all the inspiration and tools you need to make your own glamorous embroideries.

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1. Sarah Benning – @sarahkbenning


Sarah Benning’s minimalist, botanical-inspired patterns have amassed her an Instagram following of over 500,000 and counting. Check her out for great beginner to advanced patterns featuring super-chic themes like cactuses and ferns. On her website, she sells both completed original embroideries, digital patterns, and complete kits to help you recreate her designs at home.

2. Chelsea Nelson – @auburnhoops


Known for her modern twist on the classic embroidery hoop, Chelsea Nelson offers charming, scenic patterns that are perfect for wall display. You can shop her patent-pending hoops, digital patterns, and complete kits on her website. I’m currently loving this cheese board design!

3. Kristen Gula – @gulushthreads


With over 100,000 followers on Instagram, Kristen Gula of Gulush Threads specializes in hyper-feminine patterns that incorporate 3D elements. While many of her patterns are quite advanced, she offers videos explaining each specific stitch — and there’s no better time than quarantine to dive deep into these more complicated projects. She offers complete kits on her website, as well as digital patterns that are currently marked down to $10 each.

Maggie Kelleher

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