Embroidery Journaling: Supplies

In recent years, journaling has become quite the artform – from bullet journals to vlogging, there are endless ways to keep track of your days. But for me, I quickly grew attached to the idea of journaling via embroidery. To be honest, working on my embroidery journal in 2020 and 2021 has absolutely helped me throughout these past couple of tough years. My journal has been there for me through the treatment of a bone infection, the pandemic, the planning of an international move, and even a few monumental societal events. Essentially, it reflects what I’ve experienced and looking at my journal, you can get a sense of what I’ve gone through. I’d like to be able to help you do the same, but first you’ll need supplies. So shall we?

Completed 2020 embroidery journal

Supplies list:

  • I use a 12 inch hoop, so I don’t ever worry about running out of space. I have seen some other people using hoops as small as 8 inches though. It’s whatever you prefer!
  • 100% cotton is my preference when it comes to fabric.
  • A template to divide your fabric – Look up a 12 slice pie chart online and use that as your starting point.
  • Embroidery needles of your choice.
  • A small journal and pencil to keep track of what goes on during your days. A written journal makes it easier to remember what you did 3. 4. 5+ days ago when life gets hectic. You can also find loads of journaling apps for your phone which may make this process a bit easier. I prefer a notebook though so I can sketch out my stitch for the day.
  • I like having a large selection of floss, but you can also only use one color or a few colors, it’s up to you and your preferences.
  • A water soluble pen helps, when sketching out an icon on fabric.
  • Optional: An ort jar is a great place to hold on to lose floss in between days. I’m at the point where I almost exclusively pull from my ort jar to stitch in my journal.
  • Optional: A needle minder to hold onto my needle when I’m not working on my journal.
A selection of all of my embroidery journal supplies
Pictured are all of the supplies that I use for my embroidery journal.

Most of these items you can find at any craft store. Keep in mind though that these are just the supplies that I use, you can really do whatever you want when it comes to customizing your embroidery journal. This specific project allows for quite a lot of flexibility – just have fun and make it into what you want.


Did you enjoy this write up on the supplies needed for an embroidery journal? Then check out my Instagram – I post frequent embroidery journal updates as well as my other work in progress pieces. I’ve also written multiple other posts about creating your own embroidery journal.

If you would like to hear more about my experience with my 2020 embroidery journal, then visit my post titled A Stitch in Time.

2 thoughts on “Embroidery Journaling: Supplies

  1. Amazing! My friend tagged me in your video which is on Facebook. I’m doing to try it, just ordered my cross stitch frame and fabric. Thank you so much for the brilliant idea and inspiration!

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