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Experimental Embroidery Techniques on Paper

A course by Gimena Romero
Artist and Researcher. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2018
, Artist and Researcher

Apply new stitches, textures, and mediums to your artistic projects

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (881)
  • 13774 students

Apply new stitches, textures, and mediums to your artistic projects

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (881)
  • 13774 students
  • 20 lessons (2h 42m)
  • 11 additional resources (4 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

Gimena Romero has been researching and producing noteworthy embroidery for over a decade. Her pieces can be seen in collections at ‌New York's MoMA and the Banco de México. She has also published five literary works including poetry, prose, and her embroidery research findings.‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

In this course, she guides you through the techniques for embroidering on paper with the necessary finesse to experiment with texture, imagery, threads, and stitches.

If you don't already know Gimena, take a look at her other courses: Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques, where you learn to use texture and color to bring your embroidery to life; Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery, to learn traditional English embroidery for creating unique pieces from historic patterns; and Embroidery Technique with the Back Stitch, to create one-of-a-kind images using just one embroidery stitch.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Embroidery on paper
  • U3
    U3. Sample of foundation points I
  • U4
    U4. Sample of foundation points II
  • U5
    U5. Assembly and assembly of the final piece
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by immersing yourself in Gimena's world by exploring some of the pieces and projects that inspired her to pick up her needle and thread and start embroidering.

Next, take a look at some pieces made with paper embroidery and your teacher's collection of awls. She shows you what each one is for and how to make your own.

Now discover a multitude of different stitches and create a gorgeous stitch sampler. Gimena shows you how to do each stitch step by step, from the basics like wheel stitches and the Palestrina stitch, to some of the more complicated ones, such as French knots, the raised chain stitch, the bullion rosebud stitch, and the Morse stitch.

Learn how to choose the best paper for this technique, which to avoid, and tips for combining different types.

Round off the course with some ideas for displaying your piece.

What is this course's project?

Create a composition combining the textures of different papers, threads, and stitches to turn your embroidery into an illustration or a stunning decorative piece.‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, artists, and anyone interested in the decorative arts.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary as Gimena walks you through the whole process step by step.

For materials, you need pearl cotton, both a sharp and a blunt embroidery or crewel needle, embroidery and paper scissors, paper in a range of colors and thicknesses, a round wooden stick, and masking tape.


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Gimena Romero

A course by Gimena Romero

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Artist and Researcher

Gimena Romero is an artist and writer based between Mexico City and Barcelona. She trained at various schools in Mexico, Spain, and France and has received multiple awards and mentions internationally. Her work has been displayed in a range of exhibitions in countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, France, Portugal, Ukraine, and Spain.

She has several publications under her belt in the areas of narrative, poetry, and textile research with Thule Ediciones and Editorial Gustavo Gili. Her book Hebra de Agua was awarded book of the year at the 2016 Teixem la ciutat festival in Catalonia. She has also conducted research into embroidery and the body with Lausín embroidery at the UNAM Faculty of Arts and Design in Mexico. She loves life, dogs, and cookies.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Embroidery on paper

    • How to make a punch?
    • Papers, needles and threads
    • Sample of pieces in embroidery on paper
  • U3

    Sample of foundation points I

    • Mills
    • Rehiletes
    • Palestrina
    • Stem Stitch
    • What is a foundation point?
  • U4

    Sample of foundation points II

    • Free stitch
    • Open stuffing (morse point)
    • Cup of rose
    • Climbing plant
    • Bowtie
    • French point
  • U5

    Assembly and assembly of the final piece

    • Assembly and presentation of finished parts
    • Embroidering the piece
    • Using the sewing machine
    • Assembly of piece
  • FP

    Final project

    • Techniques of experimental embroidery on paper

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Experimental Embroidery Techniques on Paper. Craft course by Gimena Romero Best seller

Experimental Embroidery Techniques on Paper

A course by Gimena Romero
Artist and Researcher. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (881)
  • 13774 students