Freehand Needle Painting: Embroider the Beauty of Wildlife

A course by Chloe Giordano
Embroidery Artist. York, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
, Embroidery Artist

Learn to create realistic, nature-inspired embroidery using freehand, needle painting techniques

  • 90% positive reviews (79)
  • 1893 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to create realistic, nature-inspired embroidery using freehand, needle painting techniques



  • 90% positive reviews (79)
  • 1893 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 5m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Delve into the world of needle and thread to create beautiful animal hand embroidery. Join embroidery artist Chloe Giordano as she shares her passion for needlework. Since university, she’s been using wildlife as inspiration in her work, which has led her to collaborate on book covers and illustrate children’s books for publishers including Penguin and Bloomsbury.

In this course, Chloe shares her expertise to guide you to create realistic animal embroidery of your own. Learn how to take inspiration from the world around you and transform it into art using freehand needle painting techniques.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting Ready to Embroider
  • U3
    U3. Embroidering the Squirrel
  • U4
    U4. After the Final Stitch: Backing Your Embroidery
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Chloe and find out how she turned her love for embroidery into a career. She talks about the artists who have influenced her and how she created her own visual language.

Familiarize yourself with the materials needed for this course and how to correctly use them. Then, sketch out different animals and choose your favorite designs. Explore reference photos to refine your drawings and help you decide on a color palette. Chloe discusses the importance of color gradients and sticking to realistic tones before showing you how to set up an embroidery hoop and practice stitching.

Grab your needle and get started! Chloe guides you through how to correctly transfer your sketch onto the fabric. Begin to embroider your animal, starting with the head and making your way to the tail. Then, take a last look over your work and add any additional stitches. As a finishing touch, design and embroider a decorative background to frame your subject.

Discover how to transfer your embroidery to the final hoop and finish your work professionally. To end the course, Chloe shares her tips for photographing your embroidery and sharing it on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create a realistic embroidery of an animal using freehand needle painting techniques. Chloe embroiders a red squirrel but you can choose any animal you like.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in freehand embroidery.

What you need

Previous experience working with a needle and thread is required.

You will need thread, needles, thimbles, calico, embroidery scissors, and other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


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Chloe Giordano

A course by Chloe Giordano

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Embroidery Artist

Chloe Giordano is a UK-based embroidery artist who specializes in creating artwork inspired by the natural world. Her early years growing up in the countryside inspired her love of nature but it was during her time at university that her artistic journey began. Whilst studying illustration, Chloe discovered a fascination with stitching that went on to shape her career and eventually developed her freehand needle painting technique which combined all three of her passions; nature, painting, and embroidery.

Chloe has embroidered several book cover designs, illustrated children’s books for publishers including Penguin and Bloomsbury, and has also published a book of her own about her work. Her embroidery has even been sold at Liberty in London.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting Ready to Embroider

    • Materials
    • Sketching Your Design
    • Choosing Colours
    • Hoop and Practice Stitching
  • U3

    Embroidering the Squirrel

    • Transferring the Design
    • The Head 1
    • The Head 2
    • The Neck and Shoulders 1
    • The Neck and Shoulders 2
    • The Torso
    • The Background
  • U4

    After the Final Stitch: Backing Your Embroidery

    • Transferring to the Final Hoop
    • Photographing Your Embroidery
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Freehand Needle Painting: Embroider the Beauty of Wildlife

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Freehand Needle Painting: Embroider the Beauty of Wildlife. A Craft course by Chloe Giordano

Freehand Needle Painting: Embroider the Beauty of Wildlife

A course by Chloe Giordano
Embroidery Artist. York, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 90% positive reviews (79)
  • 1893 students