Punch Needle Embroidery: From Pictures to Portraits

A course by Sara Luna
Textile Artist . Salt Lake City, United States.
Joined July 2019
, Textile Artist

Learn to use yarn to create expressive textile portraits of your favorite person.

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  • 469 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Punch Needle Embroidery: From Pictures to Portraits

Learn to use yarn to create expressive textile portraits of your favorite person.

  • 100% Positive reviews (20)
  • 469 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (1h 41m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Embroidery takes on a whole new meaning with the unique touch that Sara Luna brings to the sewing table. She elegantly combines embroidery portraiture with striking color scales to create depth in her creations, which brings them life.

Learn to create stunning embroidered portraits from pictures that convey warmth and emotion. Discover the endless possibilities when playing with different types of yarn, needle sizes, and color patterns to create beautiful textile pieces.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting Ready
  • U3
    U3. Pattern-making
  • U4
    U4. Let's Start Punching
  • U5
    U5. How to Present Your Piece of Art
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin with getting to know Sara. As a textile artist with a background in digital illustration and visual arts, she brings together the best of both worlds in her work. With very diverse influences, she has come to develop a distinct style of her own.

Learn the difference between the various sizes of needles, and how to choose the best yarn to work with. Sara explores different color palettes and plays with cold and warm tones to create a color gradient, which makes the different shades of yarn color compliment each other.

Sara shares her tips for selecting the perfect portrait photo. Using the digital format of your photo, work with an online editor to create a tonal pattern. Then, prepare your frame and map out your pattern on the fabric. Sara also reveals her secrets about how to ensure that the different tones of wool work well together.

Now the fun begins. Learn the different techniques to give your embroidered portrait heart and depth. The key is in the specific directions your needle should follow to achieve the desired effect. Start with the darker tones, where there is more detail, and work your way through to the lighter tones. Finish your portrait by filling in the background. Though it might seem simple, it has its own tricks.

A creation is only as good as its presentation. Discover the best way to frame your embroidery in a round frame. Make it more durable and resistant, and center it properly. Now your embroidered portrait is ready to be hung and light up the room.

What is this course's project?

Create a color pattern from a photograph and make an embroidered portrait with a punch needle.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to learn about embroidery color palettes or create embroidered portraits with a punch needle.

What you need

Basic knowledge of the punch needle technique is required for this course.

For this course, you need a punch needle, 4 shades of wool or thread, a hoop and fabric, a second smaller hoop for framing, parchment paper, permanent markers, access to a printer, and a large stapler.


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Sara Luna

A course by Sara Luna

Textile Artist

Sara Luna is a visual artist and illustrator with a specialization in textile art. She grew up surrounded by weavers and craft makers in her family. Throughout the course of her studies, she began to experiment with a variety of materials, from watercolors to digital tools until she found her niche. When she moved to the US, she rediscovered the punch needle and honed her skill.

Her work has been exhibited in New York City and Salt Lake City, where she currently resides. She’s been featured in Create! Magazine and Carper Contemporary. All of her work can be found on her website.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Getting Ready

    • Materials
    • Choosing the Right Color Palettes
    • Photography
  • U3


    • The Preparation of the Digital Photo
    • Handmade Pattern-making
  • U4

    Let's Start Punching

    • Transferring and Framing
    • How to Know in Which Direction to Punch
    • Start Punching Your Portrait
    • Finalize the Face with the Lighter Tones
    • The Background
  • U5

    How to Present Your Piece of Art

    • Final Touches
    • Sealing the Back, Framing and Recommendations
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Punch Needle Embroidery: From Pictures to Portraits

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Punch Needle Embroidery: From Pictures to Portraits. A Craft course by Sara Luna

Punch Needle Embroidery: From Pictures to Portraits

A course by Sara Luna
Textile Artist . Salt Lake City, United States.
Joined July 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (20)
  • 469 students