Looking for plant-inspired embroidery designs? The new book Plant Lady Embroidery features 300 botanical embroidery motifs and designs along with beginner tips, recommended materials, and a stitch guide.
Have a look at the sample designs below including herbs, wildflowers, and foliage plants.
The images from the book, Plant Lady Embroidery: 300 Botanical Embroidery Motifs and Designs to Stitch by Applemints are used with permission from the publisher who also provided a review copy.
Plant Embroidery Design Ideas
It’s the time of year where I start planning my indoor art and craft projects for the winter months.
If you have been reading this site for a while you know I love any sort of handwork that I can do on the couch while we watch movies at night. And that means anything that fits on my lap and does not require machines or screens: I get enough of that in my work day. Recent favorites include sewing by hand including this owl ear bud case and wool felt phone case, embroidery, rug hooking, and knitting.
I reignited my enjoyment of mending clothes last winter after readying Joyful Mending and the botanical designs in this book are an excellent companion for that—perfect for disguising small tears or stains as well as dressing up sweaters, shirts, scarves, and my jean jacket. Or just making a clothing item unique.
Plant Lady Embroidery has 300 botanically-inspired embroidery motifs and designs. It’s an excellent resource for us crafty plant-fanatics.
Sample Botanical Embroidery Designs
Have a look at some of the designs included in the book. I find them quite charming. I love how simple they are but clearly represent each plant.
Wildflowers & Mushrooms
These are the basic supplies needed to get started.
Embroidery Floss: All of the designs in the book were created with No. 25 embroidery floss which is composed of six strands that can be easily separated, allowing you to adjust the thickness as needed.
Embroidery Needles: Different from other sewing needles, these have larger eyes to accommodate the thickness of the floss.
Fabric: You can embroider just about any type of fabric. Beginners may prefer cotton or linen and hold off on thicker fabrics like denim until the basic skills have been mastered. If you do try embroidering thicker fabrics, use a thimble to save your fingers.
Embroidery Hoop: This holds the fabric taut while you stitch so your end result is not puckered. Choose a hoop that is 4 to 6 inches in diameter for the designs you see here.
Transfer Designs to Your Fabric: If you do not wish to transfer the design to your fabric freehand, you can use dressmaker’s carbon paper or tracing paper instead.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛