World Embroidery Day | 30th July

24th July 2020

World Embroidery Day is almost upon us again and, although it is difficult to believe that a year has gone by since the last one, we’re ready to celebrate.

As you probably know, World Embroidery Day was set up in 2011 in Sweden by a passionate group of stitchers who felt that this wonderful art should be acknowledged and celebrated. Since then, people around the world have come up with all sorts of ways to celebrate on 30th July, from getting together with like-minded stitchers, to getting out and stitching in public, through to just taking a quiet hour out of one’s day to commune with their needle and their favourite pastime.

This year, like past years, Kelly Fletcher is marking World Embroidery Day with a free pattern for everyone to enjoy.

Her subject is a leaping fish, worked in modern colours and wonderfully simple stitches so that even those new to stitching can give it a try.

Kelly hopes that people will enjoy stitching this so much, they might move on to try other things and encourages everyone to share their stitching with others on social media.

Although things are slightly different this year, and not everyone is able to get together in a group or head out to stitch in public, we can still mark 30th July in our calendar and do something embroidery related. 

No matter where you are or what your circumstances, the purpose of World Embroidery Day is to be a day ‘filled with creativity for the sake of peace, freedom and equality’. 

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

We’d love to hear how you plan to mark the occasion of World Embroidery Day, so make sure you let us know what you’ve got in store for this time next week. Simply email

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