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Best Overall: Aimee Ray Stitch Sampler at Etsy
"Author of the Doodle Stitching embroidery book series offers a collection of pre-printed embroidery kits, including this sampler."
Best Sampler: Purl Soho Beginner Sampler Kit at Purl Soho
"Perfect for practicing some new stitches and creating a simple but stylish wall hanging."
"This fun tote bag has a detailed design, but you can embroider the whole thing as a beginner."
"This kit makes it simple to stitch your own pillow with an artistic pattern printed on the pillow cover."
Best Succulents: TataSol Plants Embroidery Kit at Etsy
"Offers a variety of embroidery kits, most featuring modern plants and contemporary abstracts."
Best Floral: Hoffelt and Hooper Co Hand Embroidery Kit at Etsy
"Ideal for growing your embroidery skills and making an amazing piece to display in your home."
"Known for incredible patterns with bold styling, Namaste Embroidery's spring hoop is delicate and has a unique final display.."
Best Monochrome: Blue Ocean Hand Embroidery Kit at Tamar N.Y.
"You only need to know simple stitches for most of artist Tamar Nahir-Yanai's kits that have sweet and whimsical style."
Best Overall: Aimee Ray Stitch Sampler
Aimee Ray, the author of the Doodle Stitching embroidery book series, offers a collection of beautiful embroidery kits. Each kit includes all the floss you need, a hoop and needle, and a pre-printed fabric square. We love this pick, which walks you through all of the basic stitches, so you can learn as you go and you end up with a beautiful sampler that derserves to be displayed.
Best Sampler: Purl Soho Beginner Sampler Kit
To practice some new stitches and create a simple but stylish wall hanging, look to Purl Soho's Beginner Sampler Kit. You can choose from several color options, each creating a different look with the same stitching. Because this sampler uses circles, transferring the pattern lines is as easy as tracing the included stencils!
Best Tote Bag: Heidi Boyd Under the Sea Embroidered Tote Bag Kit
This fun tote bag has a detailed design, but you can embroider the whole thing with beginner-level stitches. The Stitch-a-Tote kit includes a silk-screened tote (no transferring!), and all the supplies required... all you need to add is a pair of scissors!
Looking for something a little different? Heidi Boyd also offers adorable tea towel kits!
Best Pillow: Sublime Stitching's Beginner Pillow Embroidery Kit
Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching is often seen as bringing embroidery back into style, and she loves making it easy for new stitchers to get started. This collaboration with artist Emily Winfield Martin makes it simple to stitch your own pillow with a whimsical girl standing on a small stack of books.
Transferring patterns to dark fabric like this can be tricky, but the pattern is already printed on the pillow cover. The kit also includes a pack of Sublime Stitching embroidery floss.
Best Succulents: TataSol Plants Embroidery Kit
Based in Tel Aviv, Tata Sol offers a variety of embroidery kits, most featuring modern plants and contemporary abstracts. Her kits come in different colorways, and she also has great tutorials to work through the patterns, as well as instructional YouTube videos. We love this beginner-friendly succulent patten that will look great displayed on your wall in the original hoop.
Best Floral: Hoffelt and Hooper Co Hand Embroidery Kit
Want something that looks intermediate, but is beginner-friendly? We love this gorgeous floral patten from Hoffelt and Hooper Co on Etsy. The rich colors and grey-blue background make this pattern really pop, and lots of commenters mention how easy it is to make—even as your first embroidery project! The kit is available in a variety of color combinations, and there are plenty of other floral patterns to choose from as well.
Most Unique: Spring Wreath Double Hoop Embroidery Kit
Namaste Embroidery designs incredible patterns often with bold styling. This spring hoop is a little more delicate and it's also unique with its double hoop wreath design. You can choose to buy this kit pre-printed as a single hoop version or transfer the pattern yourself in the double hoop kit.
And although the stitching looks complex, the kit includes access to a video tutorial for beginners!
Best Monochrome: Blue Ocean Hand Embroidery Kit
Artist Tamar Nahir-Yanai has a sweet and whimsical style that seems to capture both her and your imagination. You only need to know simple stitches for most of her kits, including this blue work design called Blue Ocean. When you order directly from Tamar, you can choose different options for what you'd like included with the kit, but you can also find some of her designs in large US craft stores.