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In Ho Chi Minh City, English teacher upscales embroidery hobby into full-time business

Sunday, June 09, 2024, 09:12 GMT+7
In Ho Chi Minh City, English teacher upscales embroidery hobby into full-time business
An embroidery piece depicting a sunset scene by Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen developed his interest in embroidery during the COVID-19 social distancing time, but he never expected his hobby to transform into a full-time business. 

Over time, Yen fell more and more in love with embroidery, eventually deciding to quit his job as an English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City and devote himself full-time to the craft. 

The 26-year-old said he taught himself embroidery using the Internet.  

Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen poses for a photo with his embroidery works. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen poses for a photo with his embroidery works. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Yen spends 30-60 hours on each piece of embroidery and sells his creations for VND500,000 (US$20) and above each through his Facebook page Phúc Yên Thêu Tay.

He particularly enjoys creating depictions of landscapes and sunsets.

According to Yen, each of his pieces is completely unique and unlike any other.

He also embroiders clothes and accessories. 

A tote bag embroidered by Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A tote bag embroidered by Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

“It was difficult in the beginning because I chose to embroider pieces that were too large and it consumed a lot of time, which made me want to give up,” Yen said.

“Over time, I learned to be persistent, meticulous, and set clear goals to get results.”

Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen works on a piece of embroidery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen works on a piece of embroidery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A Christmas-themed embroidery piece by Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A Christmas-themed embroidery piece by Thach Ngoc Phuc Yen. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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