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Embroidery Techniques: Illustrating with Needle and Thread

A course by Yolanda Andrés
Designer, Craft Artist, and Embroiderer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2011
, Designer, Craft Artist, and Embroiderer

Learn to illustrate any image with a variety of embroidery techniques

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (689)
  • 9704 students

Learn to illustrate any image with a variety of embroidery techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (689)
  • 9704 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 14m)
  • 9 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

Interested in exploring the possibilities of “painting” with thread? In this online course, Yolanda Andrés—an artistic embroiderer whose clients include firms and institutions such as Hermès, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and Carolina Herrera—teaches you how to recreate any image or object with a needle and thread.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparing to embroider
  • U3
    U3. Approach!
  • U4
    U4. Uses and care
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Yolanda, her work, and her influences before delving into her creative universe to see how she finds inspiration.

She then explains the materials needed to create your one-of-a-kind piece and shows you the value of recycling threads and fabrics.

Then, it's time to get started! Transfer your drawing directly onto the fabric and grab your needle and thread to practice the different types of stitches.

Start off with the flat stitch—the simplest stitch—followed by the backstitch, the satin stitch, satin stitch dots, the zigzag, and the long and short stitch.

Once you feel comfortable working with these stitches, move on to cross stitch, lattice work, and the interlocking stitches like blanket stitch, chain stitch, and loose chain stitch.

Lastly, Yolanda explains how to create knotted stitches, including French and bullion knots.
Your teacher wraps up the course by discussing the limitless applications of embroidery and offers tips on how to take care of your piece.

What is this course's project?

Embroider any image using the different stitching techniques seen throughout the course. Yolanda uses an illustration of a rooster as an example, but you can use any image you like.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who is interested in transforming an object or image into a unique, hand-embroidered piece.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge of embroidery is necessary for the course.

In terms of materials, you need a needle, a thimble, embroidery scissors, different types of colored thread, cotton fabric, an aqua brush, a box cutter, an awl, tracing paper, and cardboard.


9704 Students
689 Reviews
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Yolanda Andrés

A course by Yolanda Andrés

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Designer, Craft Artist, and Embroiderer

Yolanda Andrés studied fine art and graphic design at the Universidad de Salamanca, as well as painting at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles in Belgium. She also obtained a master’s in packaging from the Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Madrid.

Before focusing exclusively on embroidery, she served as art director for a communication agency for more than a decade. She currently runs her own workshop in the Lavapiés neighborhood of Madrid where she works on pieces for brands and institutions like Carolina Herrera, Zubi, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum shop. Additionally, Yolanda teaches classes at IED and the Escuela Superior de Diseño (ESD) in Madrid.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • My influences
  • U2

    Preparing to embroider

    • materials
    • Transfer a drawing
    • Stitches groups
  • U3


    • Flat stitch 1
    • Flat stitch 2
    • Cross points
    • Interlaced points 1
    • Interlaced points 2
    • Knotted and highlighted points
  • U4

    Uses and care

    • Applications of your embroidery
    • How to take care of your embroidery
  • FP

    Final project

    • Embroidery techniques: illustrating with thread and needle

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Embroidery Techniques: Illustrating with Needle and Thread. Craft course by Yolanda Andrés Best seller

Embroidery Techniques: Illustrating with Needle and Thread

A course by Yolanda Andrés
Designer, Craft Artist, and Embroiderer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2011
  • 98% positive reviews (689)
  • 9704 students