Embroidered Portraits with Punch Needle

A course by Camille Labarre
Freelance Fabricator. Nueva York, United States.
On Domestika since 04/23/2020
, Freelance Fabricator

Learn how to create unique embroidered portraits full of color and texture using the punch needle technique

  • 100% Positive reviews (4)
  • 303 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Embroidered Portraits with Punch Needle

Learn how to create unique embroidered portraits full of color and texture using the punch needle technique

  • 100% Positive reviews (4)
  • 303 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 23m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Relaxing, fun, and therapeutic, embroidering with a punch needle allows you to create textured works of art that showcase your personal style. With a few basic craft tools and some time, you can turn your next big idea into something tangible, perfect as a gift or for sharing on social media.

In this course, Camille Labarre, professional crafter and fabricator, shows you how to use the punch needle technique to create eye-catching embroidered portraits. From color theory and tools to finishing and framing, Camille shows you her hands-on methodology for experimenting and exploring the world of punch needle.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation and Basic Information
  • U3
    U3. Getting Down to Business
  • U4
    U4. The Finish Line!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by meeting Camille, professional fabricator and your teacher. Learn about her journey into crafting and discover how she got started with punch needle embroidery. Take a look at where Camille gets her inspiration before going through the basic structure of the course.

Get ready to explore the world of punch needle embroidery. Begin by learning about the technique and hear Camille’s solutions to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding punch needle. Learn how to use the punch needle and see how to achieve different textures in your work. Review some basic color theory and start thinking about your final project.

Get your hands on some reference material and put your color theory skills to the test. See how to map out values and start defining the blueprint of your final piece. Discover how to properly stretch your canvas and see how to transfer your image. Now, it’s time to start punching!

Ready to bring your portrait to life? Start with the basic shapes of your image and fill large spaces as much as possible, leaving out fine details like facial features. Putting what you’ve learned into practice, introduce textures and gradients with the strategic use of lines. Add the finishing details like facial features to give your work its unique quality.

Finally, it’s time to clean it up. See how to remove excess thread, glue on a backing, and what you can do if warping occurs. Close the course by getting some tips on how to properly finish, frame, and hang your handmade punch needle portrait.

What is this course's project?

Create an embroidered portrait on a stretched fabric backing using the punch needle technique.

Who is it for?

This course is for beginning crafters interested in textile art, as well as advanced crafters who would like to take their punch needle embroidery skills beyond simple geometric shapes.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary to take this course, but having some basic drawing skills and prior crafting experience will make some steps easier to follow.

Regarding materials, you will need a punch needle, yarn or thread suited for that needle, fabric, canvas stretchers or an embroidery hoop, scissors, a stapler, white glue, and a marker. Other basic drawing materials are useful, but optional. A frame is nice to have for finishing and displaying your final project.


303 Students
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Camille Labarre

A course by Camille Labarre

Freelance Fabricator

Camille Labarre is a freelance crafter specializing in the creation of props, puppets, and sets for animation, film, and theater. Based in New York City, she often works for puppetry companies and stage productions on Broadway, and creates miniatures for TV commercials.

As a passionate crafter, she explores and blends techniques from other disciplines to make her work unique. She has collaborated on projects for Honda, Gucci, Amazon, and Tom Ford, among others. You can find her work in television and short films, as well as on walls, stages, and Instagram.


  • U1


    • A Little About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • U2

    Preparation and Basic Information

    • Overview of Materials
    • Troubleshooting
    • Texture - Directionality, Cross Contour, Different Stitches Possible
    • Color Theory Crash Course
  • U3

    Getting Down to Business

    • Choosing Your Reference Material
    • Mapping out the Values: Blueprint + Color
    • Prepping Your Canvas and Image Transfer
    • Punching Shapes: Laying Down Your Colors
    • Punching Lines: Add Texture and Nuance
  • U4

    The Finish Line!

    • Punching Dots: The Devil Is in the Details
    • Almost There! : Clean It up + Seal It In
    • Framing
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Embroidered Portraits with Punch Needle

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Embroidered Portraits with Punch Needle. A Craft course by Camille Labarre

Embroidered Portraits with Punch Needle

A course by Camille Labarre
Freelance Fabricator. Nueva York, United States.
On Domestika since 04/23/2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (4)
  • 303 students