Upcycling with Embroidery

A course by Kseniia Guseva
Embroidery Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined February 2020
, Embroidery Artist

Learn how to customize your clothes with embroidered architectural patterns

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  • 2644 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to customize your clothes with embroidered architectural patterns

  • 100% positive reviews (147)
  • 2644 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 0m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Kseniia Guseva, also known as @faimyxstitch, firmly believes that embroidery makes everything better, from that empty wall in your apartment to the sneakers you’re wearing right now. By combining upcycling and embroidery, she gives a new and more fun life to old clothes by stitching patterns on them, especially ones that depict some of her favorite cities around the world.

In this course, Kseniia teaches you basic embroidery techniques to upcycle your clothes or sneakers. Learn about materials, transfer, stitches, and how to choose colors. By the end of the course, you will be able to embroider on any kind of garment.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation: Materials and Basic Concepts
  • U3
    U3. Transfer and Embroidery
  • U4
    U4. Customize Your Garments
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course learning about Kseniia’s story and how she got into embroidery. Take a look at some of her architectural embroideries and city series, as well as some of the influences that have shaped her. She then explains in detail what it is that you’ll be learning on this course.

Get an overview on the idea of upcycling. Kseniia shows you the materials for the course and discusses the difference between fabrics, to help you understand how to approach them with embroidery. Learn how to choose colors for your projects. Learn her creative process by taking a look at how she comes up with her designs.

Learn two ways to transfer your designs onto the fabric and which one to use for which fabric. Then, start embroidering one of the designs.

Learn what to do with your garment after embroidery: how to remove the stabilizer and how to make sure your stitches are secure. To finish the course, Kseniia tells you how to care for your embroidered clothes.

What is this course's project?

Embroider an architectural design onto an unused garment you wish to upcycle.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is great as an introduction to embroidery, for those who are interested in learning the craft and for those who want to learn how to upcycle clothes.

What you need

You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience with embroidery to take this course.

As for materials, you’ll need needles (tapestry needle size 28, embroidery needle size 5), cotton fabric (20x40 cm), a 5-inch hoop (12.5 cm), a water-soluble or tear-away stabilizer, small scissors, a water-soluble or heat erasable-pen, a garment for embroidery, and cotton embroidery 6-ply thread in several colors.


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Kseniia Guseva

A course by Kseniia Guseva

Embroidery Artist

Kseniia Guseva, also known as @faimyxstitch, is an embroidery artist from Saint Petersburg, Russia, who is now based in Berlin. She’s always been interested in creating and has tried everything: knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, sewing, sketching, and beadwork until she finally found hand embroidery in 2016 and it became her medium of choice. She’s been embroidering every day ever since.

Architecture is one of her main interests, which is why she created a series of embroidered city patterns, depicting over 130 cities already. Kseniia also loves to experiment with upcycling and customizing garments like jeans, bags, t-shirts, and even sneakers.


  • U1


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

    Preparation: Materials and Basic Concepts

    • Materials and Supplies
    • What Clothes You Can Upcycle
    • Embroidery Basics
    • Basic Stitches 1
    • Basic Stitches 2
  • U3

    Transfer and Embroidery

    • How I Come Up With Designs
    • Color Choice
    • How to Transfer Design on Fabric
    • Embroidery on the Garment 1
    • Embroidery on the Garment 2
  • U4

    Customize Your Garments

    • After Embroidery
    • Care for Clothes With Hand Embroidery
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Upcycling with Embroidery

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Upcycling with Embroidery. A Craft course by Kseniia Guseva

Upcycling with Embroidery

A course by Kseniia Guseva
Embroidery Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined February 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (147)
  • 2644 students