Hand Embroidery for Clothing: Stitch a Collage Design

A course by Damaja
Embroidery Artist and Designer. Berlin, Germany.
Joined March 2021
, Embroidery Artist and Designer

Learn to embroider colorful images onto stretchy garments to upcycle your clothing into fashionable works of art

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Learn to embroider colorful images onto stretchy garments to upcycle your clothing into fashionable works of art


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  • 1192 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 lessons (3h 22m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Embroidery takes on a whole new meaning when it’s put on clothing. The designs you create go beyond being decorative artwork and become wearable fashion statements. Embroidery artist and designer Stefanija Pejchinovska, known by her artist name Damaja, designs one-off pieces with sustainable brands and local artists to create ethical clothing.

In this course, learn how to embroider on stretchy garments using an original collage design. Discover the various types of stitches and how to create a color gradient in your work. Are you ready to take a break from the screen and create something unique with your hands?

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparations for Embroidery on Stretchy Fabric
  • U3
    U3. Fashion Embroidery: Starting Your Project
  • U4
    U4. Embroidering on a Sweatshirt
  • U5
    U5. Making Sure Your Design Lives a Long and Happy Life
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin by getting to know Stefanija, a Macedonian hand embroidery artist that goes by Damaja. She shares her creative journey, which started with the influence of her grandmother as a child and led her to work as a designer in Berlin. Hear about the people, books, and things that inspire her.

Get an overview of the materials you need and how to use them. Discover which are the best fabrics and threads to use, and see how to embroider on a variety of fabrics. Damaja teaches you the techniques behind the back, split, stem and chain stitch. Learn how to do the filler stitches Damaja uses to fill an empty surface.

Next, get started on your original design. Get inspired by references and create a mood board. Damaja reveals her technique when making a stencil of the composition you want to embroider. Then, transfer your collage design onto the piece of clothing you are working with.

Time to start embroidering your design! Damaja starts by embroidering the head of an oryx. She takes you stitch by stitch through every detail. Move on to the body and explore the techniques to add texture to your composition. Then explore color patterns and how to embroider the tail. Damaja then starts embroidering a motel and teaches you how to create a color gradient. Wrap up your composition by adding the finishing touches and details.

Wrap up the course by learning how to make sure your design lives a long and happy life. Damaja shares her tips on how to wash and maintain your embroidered clothing. She also talks about how to embroider on different types of clothing and the various places on the garments to stitch.

What is this course's project?

Embroider a collage on an article of clothing using stitching and color gradient techniques.

Who is it for?

Anyone passionate about embroidery, or anyone who wants to create unique, handmade designs on their clothing.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary.

To take this course, you need a sweatshirt, thread in the color of your choice, a needle, and an embroidery hoop.


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A course by Damaja

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Embroidery Artist and Designer

Stefanija Pejchinovska is an embroidery artist and designer from Skopje, Macedonia. She goes by her artist name Damaja and is currently based in Berlin. Although she studied architecture at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, she had always known her passion was for embroidery. Throughout her short architecture career, she opened an Etsy shop to sell her designs, and quickly started growing as a brand. Soon after, she professionally established her brand, quit her architecture job and hasn’t looked back since.

At the heart of her work, she is focused on creating unique designs on ethically-made clothing. She has collaborated with a number of sustainable brands and local artists such as Corvera Vargas, Loveco, The Artesao, Toba, Marin et Marine, Lanius and Treches Studio.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparations for Embroidery on Stretchy Fabric

    • How to Get Started and What Materials to Use
    • Fabrics and Threads
    • Outline Stitches 1
    • Outline Stitches 2
    • Filler Stitches 1
    • Filler Stitches 2
  • U3

    Fashion Embroidery: Starting Your Project

    • Inspiration for Your Design
    • Positioning and Transferring
  • U4

    Embroidering on a Sweatshirt

    • The Head of the Oryx 1
    • The Head of the Oryx 2
    • Body Colors
    • Pattern and Tail
    • Color Gradient Motel
    • Details 1
    • Details 2
  • U5

    Making Sure Your Design Lives a Long and Happy Life

    • Different Placements
    • Washing and Maintaining Your Embroidered Clothing
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Hand Embroidery for Clothing: Stitch a Collage Design

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Hand Embroidery for Clothing: Stitch a Collage Design. A Craft, and Fashion course by Damaja

Hand Embroidery for Clothing: Stitch a Collage Design

A course by Damaja
Embroidery Artist and Designer. Berlin, Germany.
Joined March 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (20)
  • 1192 students