• 10 Creative Embroidery Online Courses for Beginners
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    10 Creative Embroidery Online Courses for Beginners

    Discover some fascinating hand embroidery techniques with our excellent specialists and turn your passion into a profession Over the last ten years, embroidery has become very popular and has gained new artistic, social, and political meaning. Nowadays, it means getting in touch with thousand-year-old artisanal techniques and establishing new connections with our objects and garments. Furthermore, embroidery allows us to create truly unique pieces. To accompany you in a fascinating embroidering adventure, we have selected several courses that will teach you basic embroidery principles while showing you the infinite possibilities of this technique using materials like wood, paper, and fabric. Nine experts share the secrets of their creative processes so that you can also become a professional embroiderer and achieve fantastic designs. Character Illustration with Needle and Thread, a course by Flora Te Sometimes, innovation comes from experimenting and mixing materials and techniques. Embroiderer and illustrator Florencia Toyos (@holaflorate), better known as Flora Te, combines traditional disciplines that have nothing to do with each other, such as embroidery and illustration, to create fun and unusual pieces. Her Diburdaditos, embroidered pins of illustrated characters, are an example of her style. In her course, Flora explains her creative processes to help you get inspired and transform your ideas into a sketch first and later into a final piece. She also demonstrates various embroidery stitches that will help bring your characters to life.

  • 8 Online Upcycling Courses for Creating and Repairing Garments
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    8 Online Upcycling Courses for Creating and Repairing Garments

    Upcycle your garments with the help of fashion experts, using crocheting, embroidery, and other techniques Upcycling is a topical concept in society nowadays. It is tightly linked to the ecological movement, as we strive to safeguard the planet and preserve its resources. In fashion, this trend encourages us to increase the lifespan of our clothes by repurposing their designs. We can apply various techniques to create new designs using all sorts of material. These eight courses that we have selected for you will demonstrate the many faces of upcycling. If you are into textiles and have some time and imagination, you’ll be in for a treat while learning with these experts. They will teach you to repair or create new garments with these super creative tools. Embroidery: Clothing Repair, a course by Ofelia & Antelmo Are you familiar with the ‘visible mending’ technique? Find out how you can fix any unused or damaged clothing piece with Gabriela Martínez, a specialist in embroidery and textile art. The founder of the Ofelia & Antelmo project will teach you techniques and tips for embroidering and creating patches. In her course, she shows you how to create garments sustainably.

  • 5 Free Online Craft Classes: Essential Materials for Beginners
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    5 Free Online Craft Classes: Essential Materials for Beginners

    Discover the essential materials you’ll need to start out in the world of crafts Crafts are an excellent starting point for developing your artistic potential, besides helping you improve your concentration, self-esteem, and attention to detail. Embroidery, needle felting, amigurumi, or crocheting are all good options to achieve those goals and exploiting your creativity. Creative processes and results can differ from person to person. Some people follow routines and others only create when inspired, but all have something in common: a creative mind continuously looking for new ways of expression.

  • Domestika Diary: Caro Bello
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    Domestika Diary: Caro Bello

    Caro Bello is a graphic designer and punch-needle embroidery expert. She tells us about her working process and creative routine in this Domestika Diary

  • 7 Free Tutorials with DIY ideas to easily repair your clothes
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    7 Free Tutorials with DIY ideas to easily repair your clothes

    Give your garments a second chance and learn new craft techniques with the experts More and more people are getting interested in creative movements such as upcycling to give useful but used objects a new life. You too can save money while expressing yourself creatively, and upgrading your clothes. With your crafty work, you’ll also gain a unique wardrobe that truly reflects your personality. Next, experts in DIY give you useful tips in 7 tutorials that will embellish your clothes. If you want to read the full instructions for each tutorial, just click on its red title.

  • Sourcing Inspirational Images for Your Next Embroidery Project
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    Sourcing Inspirational Images for Your Next Embroidery Project

    How to use Instagram to find images that will inspire your next creation Courtney McLeod, also known as Dearest Q (@dearest_q), is a textile artist based in Philadelphia who creates colorful framed embroidery art inspired by fashion illustration and 90s pop culture. Working with clean lines and minimalist compositions, Courtney produces figurative illustrations on fabric. She sells her work on her online store and has been commissioned by Brie Larson, Peppa Pig, and the magazines “Today’s Parent,” “Love Embroidery,” and “Koel.” Courtney first learned to embroider while studying textile art at OCADU in Toronto. She picked it up again after graduation while working at a restaurant as a relaxing and portable activity she could easily do during her breaks. She started off embroidering lots of plants and copied popular motifs that she saw other artists recreating. However, as her skills evolved, Courtney quickly developed her own style and found herself drawn to fashion illustration, embroidering shoes, colorful socks, and women wearing vintage denim.

  • 5 Free Online Classes to Learn How to Take Care of Your Embroidery
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    5 Free Online Classes to Learn How to Take Care of Your Embroidery

    Discover the best care you can give to your embroidery with the advice of five experts Hand embroidery is a very delicate process, time consuming and requires great attention to detail. Therefore, it is essential to know how to take care of your pieces. After so much dedication, you probably don't want your creations to spoil due to lack of care. With this in mind and with the intention that you learn to care for your hand embroidery like a pro, we have selected the following free classes. To see each lesson, you just have to click on its red title. Enjoy!

  • Free Embroidery Pattern Guide to Create Hairstyles With Volume
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    Free Embroidery Pattern Guide to Create Hairstyles With Volume

    Señorita Lylo shares patterns and photos with models to embroider braids, bows and hairstyles with flowers If you want to learn different techniques to achieve embroideries that stand out from the frame and give your creations another dimension, textile designer Señorita Lylo is here for you. This embroiderer and graphic designer brings yarn to life by creating designs with volume. Also, she knows how to teach and share her techniques: her pedagogical, practical and inspiring style has earned her thousands of followers on social media.

  • Embroidery Tutorial: How to Care for Hand Embroidered Clothing
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    Embroidery Tutorial: How to Care for Hand Embroidered Clothing

    Learn how to care for your hand-embroidered clothing and art, with Kseniia Guseva Hand embroidery is a meticulous and time-consuming task. It's important not to let your efforts go to waste by failing to care for it properly. Kseniia Guseva, also known as @faimyxstitch, is a hand embroidery artist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. According to Kseniia, “embroidery makes everything better.” She is particularly passionate about architecture–and has created over 100 city patterns; upcycling; and customizing different items, such as jeans, bags, T-shirts, and even trainers. In this tutorial, she shares a number of simple and essential tips on how to make sure your pieces last.

  • What is Macramé?
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    What is Macramé?

    Learn about the origins of this knotting technique Macramé is a craft that has only gotten more popular thanks to its Instagram-friendly aesthetic and how easy it is to use to decorate and add personality to our homes. Discover more about the origins of this technique and how you can start knotting beautiful pieces yourself.

  • 20 Craft Artists to Follow in 2021
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    20 Craft Artists to Follow in 2021

    Get inspired by the most successful craft artists of the Domestika community in 2020 Craft has acquired many followers, but the image it evokes can be old-fashioned and doesn’t reflect the many possibilities it offers. For this reason, crafts are often considered an unsung category of the creative world. The best way to learn about this art form is by exploring what contemporary craft artists are doing to innovate and rejuvenate old techniques like embroidery, ceramics, collage, and crocheting. The possibilities are endless, and we are here to prove it. Reset and change your Instagram feed, with images from creatives from around the world that will surprise and inspire you to take on a craft. Kathrin Marchenko (@kathrin_marchenko) Inspired by fashion and haute couture, Moscow textile artist, Kathrin Marchenko, uses tulle and colorful threads as a canvas and creates art pieces with 3D effects.

  • Krizia Robustella’s Upcycling Tips to Renew Your Sportswear
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    Krizia Robustella’s Upcycling Tips to Renew Your Sportswear

    Get inspired, learn to customize your sports garments, and create stylish clothing through upcycling Barcelona-born Krizia Robustella (@kriziarobustella)has been working as a fashion designer for over ten years. Her mother was a fashion wholesaler and named her after the Italian fashion brand she had seen in Vogue in the 70s. Her fate was decided on that day. She presented her recycled 90s tracksuits in the Ego de Cibeles catwalk in 2007. The press called her style Sport Deluxe. From that moment, her collections have been part of the Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week and the 080 Barcelona Fashion. She also sells them in her shop in the Catalonian capital. Read on to discover how she creates two sports outfits out of an old sweatshirt, using upcycling, and see a gallery of her pieces.

  • 15 Contemporary Designers Working with Prints
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    15 Contemporary Designers Working with Prints

    Be inspired to create unique and charming clothes with the beautiful print work of world-renowned fashion designers Julia Pelletier (@julia_pelletier) is a textile designer who has specialized in silk screen printing, drawing, and teaching for over 15 years. In her Domestika course, she will teach you to combine creative techniques to design unique garments. Creating art that you can wear is a great way to show off your style and personality. Before you get started on your creation, she encourages you to look to some of today’s most creative contemporary designers working with prints for inspiration. Find the list below:

  • Domestika Challenge: Kseniia Guseva Embroiders a Building in 30 Minutes
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    Domestika Challenge: Kseniia Guseva Embroiders a Building in 30 Minutes

    See if embroidery artist Kseniia Guseva can embroider a building in the centre of Madrid in just 30 minutes Embroidery is a slow and meticulous process… but not today. For the latest installment of our Domestika Challenge series, we’ve put international embroidery artist Kseniia Guseva’s (@faimyxstitch) skills to the test with a 30 minute embroidery challenge in Madrid's iconic Plaza Mayor. Kseniia Guseva (@faimyxstitch) has been embroidering every day since 2016, creating stitchwork cityscapes—an interest shaped by the architecture of her hometown of Saint Petersburg. Her talent and commitment as an embroidery artist has garnered her an Instagram following in the hundreds of thousands but she’s never faced a challenge like this before: stitching a building in just half an hour. Want to see how she did? Check out the video below:

  • Free Download: Miniature Christmas Embroidery Patterns
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    Free Download: Miniature Christmas Embroidery Patterns

    Decorate your tree with unique embroidery and make this Christmas an even craftier holiday In the hands of Silvia Peligro (@silviapeligro), the artisanal work of embroidery gets distilled into tiny, beautiful pieces. This type of small-scale craft is perfect for creating unique decorative pieces for your Christmas tree. Today, the Mexican embroiderer shares six patterns that you can use to make beautiful handmade ornaments to decorate your house with this Christmas. You can download Silvia Peligro's miniature Christmas embroidery patterns at the end of this article.

  • 5 Tips for Working With Embroidery
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    5 Tips for Working With Embroidery

    Get expert advice on how to improve your techniques and turn pro People have embroidered for centuries, using this technique to decorate and customize garments and make them more special. Over time, this practice has evolved. Once embroidered pieces were something only the rich and powerful could afford. Now, they are commonly owned by people from all different walks of life. Embroidery is a versatile form of expression with few restrictions, popular across numerous cultures, from east to west, and which has become a very accessible art form. Paula Linard (@paula.linard) has over five years of experience as a professional embroiderer. For her, this medium offers infinite possibilities, from decorating paintings, personalizing clothing–both old and new–to making more elaborate pieces. "There’s a great demand for pieces made for babies or to give as gifts. We just need to develop our drawing skills a little more in order to put our stamp on a piece. We need to focus on the artistic side of this craft, which is a form of expression. It's good to try and create your own drawing, evolve your own line–it doesn't have to be perfect. I like to observe and appreciate the imperfections in my stitches and drawings. It doesn't always look so attractive at first but the final result always makes me happy, because I have created it with my own hands, from start to finish. That is invaluable", she says.

  • What Is Embroidery and What Are the Main Types of Embroidery?
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    What Is Embroidery and What Are the Main Types of Embroidery?

    Learn about the infinite possibilities of this technique If we wanted to define it in the simplest way, we could say that embroidery is a technique that consists of using a needle and thread to decorate fabric. However, there is so much more to be said about this technique, which is enjoying something of a renaissance right now. What was once written off as an insignificant craft activity, embroidery is now recognized as its own art form. Learn more about this exciting activity, which you can start practicing right away.

  • How to Make a French Knot
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    How to Make a French Knot

    Learn to make a French knot, with Kseniia Guseva The French knot is one of the oldest, simplest, and most useful decorative stitches in embroidery. The technique is also known as the forbidden stitch: legend has it that, centuries ago, young Chinese women were not permitted to use the stitch because the fine embroidery it was used for in China would strain their eyesight. Today, in Europe, the stitch is not so delicate: it is typically used to fill particular areas of a piece such as the centers of flowers, or anywhere a single dot is required. Kseniia Guseva (@faimyxstitch) has been embroidering every day since 2016, creating stitchwork cityscapes—an interest shaped by the architecture of her hometown of Saint Petersburg—while also feeding her other passion: upcycling. In this tip, she shows us how to make a French knot:

  • Embroidery Tutorial: How to Transfer Your Design from Paper to Fabric
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    Embroidery Tutorial: How to Transfer Your Design from Paper to Fabric

    Learn how to transfer your illustration from paper to fabric using carbon copy paper, with Koral Antolin All you need is thread, a hoop, a needle, and a little patience to transform a blank canvas into a masterpiece. Embroidery is an entire world of different stitches, styles, and techniques, yet each piece begins the same way: a drawing on fabric. How can we get the best results when transferring the design? The answer is much simpler than you might have thought. The work of designer and embroiderer Koral Antolín (@koralantolin) fuses two of her great passions: drawing and embroidery. She is the founder and one of the creatives behind Fábrica de Imaginación and Studio.fi. Koral’s work combines embroidery stitches using a traditional neele and a Kantan needle to create unique portraits. In this tutorial, Koral Antolin will teach you how to transfer your illustration from paper to fabric using carbon copy paper for fabric, step by step. Discover more in the video below:

  • 10 Hand Embroidery Online Courses to Spark Your Creativity With Needle and Thread
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    10 Hand Embroidery Online Courses to Spark Your Creativity With Needle and Thread

    Discover the possibilities of this craft technique to create amazing textile art with your hands With a worldwide renaissance of embroidery, contemporary creators are expanding the textile art horizons. From realistic textile illustration to abstract art, it offers countless creative possibilities. If you want to get started in embroidery, or you want to learn new techniques to create with your hands, these 10 embroiderers and experts in textile art will teach you step by step:

  • 20 Embroidery Books You Need in Your Reference Library
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    20 Embroidery Books You Need in Your Reference Library

    Textile artists recommend the embroidery books that helped them the most. Use them to find inspiration for your next projects. There are plenty of embroidery resources online, but don't overlook traditional books as sources of inspiration. You'll discover new artists and see techniques, stitches, finishes, or materials in much more detail. We asked several textile artists to give us their favorite recommendations for embroidery books. What are yours? Let us know in the comments! Nayla Marc (@naylamarc) This designer and embroiderer based in Villa Ballester, Argentina, teaches the course Introduction to 3D embroidery. Among the books she enjoys most about the art of thread and needle are the following: The Embroidery Stitch Bible: Over 200 Stitches Photographed with Easy-to-Follow Charts, by Betty Barnden This is a reference guide for those who want to perfect their embroidery technique and learn new tricks. It includes basic stitches, such as the classic cross stitch, and more elaborate ones explained thoroughly. It has more than 200 techniques and stitches with enlarged diagrams and photographs.

  • 10 Amazing Handmade Projects That You Can Make Right Now
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    10 Amazing Handmade Projects That You Can Make Right Now

    Meet Domestika’s Crafty Tuesdays live stream series for DIY creations The Crafty Tuesdays series emerged as part of Domestika Live’s live stream series, where creatives specialized in craft, handmade, and DIY projects from different disciplines share with you their secrets and tips to create unique projects with your hands and answer questions from the audience. Here are 10 of the best broadcasts from this series of handmade projects and some others you can make with the materials you have at home.

  • Embroidery Tutorial: Basic Techniques for Beginners
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    Embroidery Tutorial: Basic Techniques for Beginners

    Learn how to use a hoop, thread, and needle to begin embroidering, with Kseniia Guseva Embroidery can make everything from your empty wall to the hole in your sneakers that bit more beautiful. While it may seem intimidating at first, learning the basic steps of this ancient craft will open up a world of upcycling and patchwork possibilities. Kseniia Guseva (@faimyxstitch) has been embroidering every day since 2016, creating stitchwork cityscapes—an interest shaped by the architecture of her hometown St Petersburg—as well as feeding her other passion: upcycling. Here she shares a few basic embroidery steps to help you get started, from how to set up your hoop to the various ways you thread the needle, that will help you start your embroidery journey right. Learn more in the video below:

  • Domestika Diary: Olga Prinku
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    Domestika Diary: Olga Prinku

    The creator of flower on tulle embroidery takes us on a walk through the British countryside, where she finds inspiration and flowers for her creations Olga Prinku (@oprinku) is a designer and maker who created the flower on tulle embroidery technique, where she embroiders dried and handpicked flowers onto tulle. A trained graphic designer, Olga adapted her design skills to her botanical surroundings to create her unique and elegant style which has seen her collaborate with Swarovski, Anthropologie, and Ruth Eaton London. In this Domestika Diary, Olga shares her florally-inspired daily routine and creative process with us: