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Embroidery is one of my favorite hobbies, and handmade stitch work is a design detail which I definitely gravitate toward. This art form stems from so much tradition and history, but when done right, it can feel so fresh, fresh and contemporary.

For my own house and my own layouts, I love the juxtaposition of new and old, and I believe every one of these pieces embodies both of these concepts. I could see them fitting into many distinct styles of houses. Hopefully these things will have you imagining embroidery in your own space, in its own unique way. — Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted


Continual Carets Shade – $128

The chevron pattern is remarkably popular at this time, but there’s something really original about these embroidered zigzags. The shade feels tribal, like historical artwork.

Urban Outfitters

Fleur Embroidered Pouf – $69.99

This embroidered pouf is really unique and super operational as additional chairs. In a more neutral area, the embroidered details would really pop and feel fun and youthful. The colours almost have a Mexican fiesta vibe, which makes me want to hang papel picado and throw a party!

The Land of Nod

Children Pink Embroidered Throw Pillow – $39

The ribbon detail with this pillow reminds me of a sampler, of learning how to embroider and of practicing my running stitch. I am so fond of the oversize stitches and their childlike quality. However, this pillow is not only for kids — a mature audience can appreciate it also.


Personalized Couple Wall Art – $150

This custom embroidered portrait are the perfect present for a quirky couple. The illustrations are sweet and have a childlike quality, but the concept of love and togetherness is clear.


Finished Cross Stitch Wall Art, Bird on Branch by Kattuna – $33

Embroidery hoops make perfect artwork frames, and also this candy bird cross-stitch is no exception. Create an eclectic and personal art wall by arranging hoops of different sizes, exhibiting various embroidery and preferred fabrics.

Urban Outfitters

Samsara Round Embroidered Pillow – $34

This embroidery work has a Mexican-inspired flair that’s so bright and cheerful. Some potted succulents and votive candles would complement this pillow perfectly.


Lucca Quilt – $348

The stitched geometric patterns with this quilt are so beautiful in their own subtlety. The detail is not screaming out at you, making the great neutral bed. Pair this quilt using a sheep fur pillow and burnt sienna shams for an extremely mid-century contemporary appearance. Stitch work may feel contemporary!

Karen Barbé Textileria

Woven Cusion Color 2 – $70

I adore this woven design and how it feels like oversize embroidery. Soft pastel colors similar to this are a few of my favorites. This pillow would look amazing at a small girl’s bedroom.


Wide Rim Wafer Plate, Merci by Rae Dunn

I totally adore the stitch detail stamped into this handmade ceramic plate because needlework and ceramic don’t typically go together. It is surprising but so beautiful in its simplicity. This plate would be a perfect host/hostess present this holiday season. The only thing the plate requires is a heap of hot biscuits.


Blue Embroidered Hello Card by Blue Eye Brown Eye – $5

An embroidered greeting is extra special! This handmade card is guaranteed to spread holiday cheer.


Wanderlust Journal – Chevron

This glowing and tribal-like embroidered pattern hints of travel, and it’s the perfect journal for those full of wanderlust. My favorite detail is the wrap-string closed; I think that it brings out the handmade quality of the journal.

New Abraham & Thakore Stitch Circle Pillow Cover – $34

Sometimes it’s hard to find embroidery work which looks clean and modern. This pillow would work perfectly in the modern house, but in addition, it has a beautiful degree of detail that’s reminiscent of classic craft work. A mix of new and old is always a design achievement.


Re-Used Plastic Vase with Embroidery – EUR 16.95

This vase is repurposed perfection! Even though it may seem like Engineered ceramic, the container is really a used water jar. This piece has clean, simple lines and a contemporary spin on cross-stitch. One man’s garbage is just another man’s treasure with this piece.


4 Cross-Stitch Heart Gift Tags by Leobella Boutique – $8

Store-bought holiday tags are no comparison to these sweet handmade hearts. I’d wrap my presents with kraft paper, bakers twine and these tags for simple but beautiful holiday packaging.

Connect Design

Cross-stitch on the move! You are able to sew your personal designs or pre-made patterns into these iPhone cases. When you get sick of one appearance, simply remove it and embroider something fresh for fresh inspiration. This is the ideal gift for the geek-tech craft lover.

Story North

Gibba from Rolla – GBP 175

These blankets hail from Iceland and are stitched using a classic Icelandic pattern. They are known as Gibba blankets; “gibba” being the term farmers call to their own sheep. The beauty of the Nordic farm contrasts with these blankets with that sense of both new and old. The pattern is beautiful, and I bet they’re so soft.


Breadbasket – EUR 34

This handmade Swedish bread jar is all about clean, simple lines, but its minimalist layout does not stop it from feeling hot. This would make a fantastic gift for a housewarming or hostess.


Custom Hand-Embroidered Monogram Tea/Dish/Handtowel by Chez Sucre Chez – $18

All these dishtowels have the perfect mix of embroidered detail and French country style. Look no further if you require a present for a baker. Contain some classic cookie cutters and recipe cards on this dishtowel, and your gift recipient will be baking away right away.


Simplicity Embroidered Linen Cushion Cover – EUR 35

This pillow cover is handmade in Ireland, but it feels very French countryside. It would be a beautiful addition to any chateau. It is a versatile piece that may pair well with a shabby-chic appearance or a more contemporary design.

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