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handmade landscape embroidery
handmade landscape embroidery
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Why I Learned to Embroider

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

Embroidery is always something I’ve admired. The skill itself takes hours to do and years to master, but the results are always stunning. A while back, I decided I wanted to learn at least the basics. I figured it would be difficult, but at the very least I’d pick up a new hobby.

See, I often found myself falling down rabbit holes when it came to potential hobbies. At one point I was certain I wanted to learn how to hand-make lace. I would spend hours watching videos of people working on their projects and was fascinated by them. The same thing happened with embroidery. I already had fallen down a mending rabbit hole: learning how to repair clothing and give it new life. This led to the YouTube algorithm recommending me videos about embroidery. I must have watched hours of content, most of them being time-lapses of people working on their embroidery projects. I could sit and watch their work slowly come to life and never grow tired of it, I found it fascinating. What could take days for someone to do I would watch get done in a matter of minutes, and it all looked so amazing. I wanted to learn; I wanted to create.

So, I did it. I taught myself a few of the basic stitches and learned what I could, and I enjoyed myself. It wasn’t easy, but luckily, I hadn’t expected it to be. I found I preferred learning how to make small designs. I embroidered daisies on the pockets of my jeans and I covered my pencil case with constellations. I never spent more than a few hours on my projects (I’ve never had much patience), but I still found myself deeply satisfied with the work I was doing. For the most part, I stick to small things. I like to incorporate embroidery when I’m mending old clothing items. I’ll patch a hole and then add a few flowers or a constellation. I just enjoy adding a little something to an otherwise bland repair, it’s fun and it makes the item more unique.

I embroider less frequently now; I’m not one for taking up large projects and even small ones can be deeply time-consuming. Plus, I never know what to do with my projects on a piece of clothing when they aren’t done. I have a lot of scraps of fabric from when I was learning that just sit around and collect dust. I’m still figuring out what to do with them since I don’t want to get rid of them. But I do still love embroidery. Every so often, I’ll watch a video of someone doing it and think to myself, “Hey, I know how to do that.” It’s a skill I’m glad I learned.

If you’re ever looking for something to do in your free time, I highly recommend embroidering. I learned because it interested me, and now I have a hobby I love.

Kathryn Morton

Wilfrid Laurier '24

Kathryn is a third year language student who spent her first year stumbling through Laurier's financial mathematics program before ultimately changing her major. Yes, she's aware those two have no overlap, we don't talk about that. This is her third year writing for Her Campus Laurier.
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