Realistic Portrait Embroidery

A course by Yamila Yjilioff
Fashion Designer and Embroiderer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined November 2019
, Fashion Designer and Embroiderer

Learn how to illustrate, transfer, and embroider images to create portraits full of texture and expression

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (126)
  • 2371 students

Learn how to illustrate, transfer, and embroider images to create portraits full of texture and expression

By experimenting with different disciplines, materials, and mediums, beautiful pieces like those by Yamila Yjilioff are created. Strongly influenced by fashion, the designer and embroiderer from Argentina creates illustrations that are embroidered on fabric. In her embroidered portraits, she places special importance on expressive looks and small details.

In this course, Yamila teaches you how to create a realistic embroidered portrait based on a photograph of a model. Learn to draw an illustration inspired by an artistic movement on a garment and transfer your creation to fabric before adding texture, color, and embroidery. Finally, discover the different uses for this technique so that it can be applied to future projects.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 17 downloads

3 minutes, 2 seconds
Choice of model
3 minutes, 48 seconds
From line to volume
10 minutes, 2 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (126)
  • 2371 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 28m)
  • 17 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an unconventional portrait using illustration techniques, transfer printing, and embroidery. Choose a model as a reference and get inspired by an artistic movement to draw an “embroidery map” on the garment. Then, transfer it to fabric using transfer paper and an iron before adding embroidery to obtain a colorful and textured result.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for fashion designers, illustrators, artists, embroiderers, or anyone looking to expand their creativity by combining different techniques to create a unique image.

Requirements and materials

Prior knowledge of embroidery or illustration is not necessary, but is nice to have. Yamila teaches you all the steps to achieve an expressive portrait, either digitally or on paper. To edit the light and contrast of your work, some basic Photoshop knowledge is also a plus.

Regarding materials, you will need an iPad with Procreate or sheets of A4 paper. If done manually, you need baking paper, a pencil, an eraser, transfer paper, an iron (dry), a printer (optional), embroidery needles of different thicknesses and sizes, thread, fabric, a hoop, scissors, beads, and felt or cloth.


2371 Students
126 Reviews
98% Positive ratings
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Yamila Yjilioff

A course by Yamila Yjilioff

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Fashion Designer and Embroiderer

Yamila Yjilioff of Argentina is a self-taught clothing designer and embroiderer. She enjoys experimenting with different techniques and combining her two passions: illustration and embroidery.

In 2017, she began uploading her work to Instagram, leading her to participate in local fairs and exhibitions where she could sell her work. She currently divides her time between designing for a textile company, and combining illustration and embroidery for different projects and commissions.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    First steps

    • Materials
    • Choice of model
    • Let's put together our mood board
  • U3

    From image to drawing

    • From Image to Line: Starting the Portrait
    • From line to volume
    • Details that make the difference
    • Embroidery map
    • From drawing to fabric
  • U4


    • Fill stitches 1: French knot and chain stitch
    • Fill stitches 2: back stitch with satin stitch
    • Fill stitches 3: seed stitch variation
    • Line stitches 1: Overcast hem stitch and stem stitch
    • Line stitches 2: split stitch and seed stitch
    • Volume stitch
    • Details and terminations
  • FP

    Final project

    • Realistic Portrait Embroidery

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Realistic Portrait Embroidery. Craft course by Yamila Yjilioff

Realistic Portrait Embroidery

A course by Yamila Yjilioff
Fashion Designer and Embroiderer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined November 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (126)
  • 2371 students