There’s a bunch of different uses for embroidery. Here are some of my favorites.
Make a Gallery Wall
I joke that my daughter is my patron because many of the projects I finish end up in her room OR she asks me to make something for her. Consequently, her room is filled with pillows, blankets and artwork that I made for her, including a collection of embroidery and other fiber artworks that make up a gallery wall over her bed.
I also have a gallery wall in our downstairs toilet! These projects are all inspired by witchy things for a bit of consistency. It’s fun when people go to the bathroom and come out enchanted by all the little projects they discover.
If you want to do a gallery, keep to a theme if possible. I like to keep all my completed projects in hoops to give some consistency. To hang them I use removable hooks so that I’m not filling the walls with holes.
Give them Away as Gifts
I do this a lot. I don’t like clutter and my own taste would limit the projects I do. Instead, thinking about family and friends and what they like, means I am more adventurous in my work and therefore develop more skills. Often, I will do an embroidery that I don’t particularly like just to get the experience of a skill I haven’t developed.
Make a Quilt
Save your embroidery projects and sew together several to make a quilt. To do this it helps to have designs that are similar in size. The size of your quilt is up to you. You can simply sew together the designs or choose a complimentary fabric to use as a border.
Make Pennants or Bunting
I am currently working on some pennants for my local community garden with different fruits, veggies and plants on them.
You could add some of your designs to flags as gifts or to decorate.
Make a Greetings Card
A personalized card is always appreciated. I used to send my family lots of these cards and they would keep them and often frame them.
Make a Patch
Cut it to size and add it to clothing or a bag.
Save, Store and Use Later
One day you might realize you forgot a birthday, or you want to add something to another art project. That’s when you can go through all the embroideries you’ve done and see if there is something you can use.
How do you use your embroideries? Share in the comments.
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I'm Liz Watkin a fiber artist and educator with an online learning background. I've been sewing since I was a kid and love the therapeutic nature of crafts.