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Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques

A course by Gimena Romero
Textile artist. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/05/2018
, Textile artist

Learn to use texture and color to bring your embroidery to life

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 33061 students
Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques

Learn to use texture and color to bring your embroidery to life

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 33061 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 Lessons (3h 10m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Gimena Romero—a textile artist with more than a decade of experience researching and producing embroidery as an artistic technique—has learned to mimic reality using just needle and thread. Through stitches, she's able to make realistic pieces of extraordinary beauty.

While in the course Experimental Embroidery Techniques on Paper she invited you to explore new mediums, in this course, she teaches you the techniques to learn pictorial embroidery so that you can use needle and thread to create an image that's very close to reality. Using the resources that embroidery has to offer, playing with color and volume, you will learn to paint with thread from scratch.

Plus, with Gimena, you can also get into traditional English embroidery in her course
Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery -where you'll learn to create unique pieces from historical patterns-; or learn to create unique images using a single embroidery stitch in her new course Embroidery Technique with the Stem Stitch.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Sample of pieces and materials
  • U3
    U3. Pattern transfer and assembly
  • U4
    U4. Color ranges
  • U5
    U5. Textures and point sense
  • U6
    U6. Work on final piece
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start getting to know Gimena's work and she will also tell you about the materials you need to get started in embroidery. Plus, she will show you some of her favorite projects made using the thread painting technique.

Then she will explain how to put the pattern on fabric and show you how to prepare the frame to start embroidering.

Gimena will give you some very useful tips for creating a color palette, paying special attention to how this works in embroidery. Using the satin stitch, which Gimena will teach you how to do, you will discover the basic concepts of color theory applied to embroidery, using a color wheel.

You will learn to determine the direction of stitches and their color to give your pieces volume and create gradients with threads of different tones to fill your embroidered illustrations with realism down to the smallest detail.

What is this course's project?

You will make an embroidered piece from a series of patterns inspired by a real model.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For illustrators, designers, artists and anyone interested in learning a new thread painting technique.

What you need

No previous knowledge of any kind is necessary since Gimena will guide you through the process of mastering the technique.

As far as the materials, you will need embroidery thread, needles, scissors, a cotton cloth, hoops, tracing paper and fixative spray.


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Gimena Romero

A course by Gimena Romero

Textile artist

She was born in Mexico City in 1985 and lives between her hometown and Barcelona. She graduated in visual and plastic arts from the National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving, 'La Esmeralda' of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) and part of her degree in arts was done at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Lyon ( France).

She has won numerous awards internationally. She began her career in the world of haute couture embroidery in Lesage (Paris) and in 2014 she worked as a guild apprentice of embroidery with gold threads in Seville; Since then her work has been hosted in various exhibitions around the world.

She has also published works of narrative, poetry and textile research with Thule Ediciones and Editorial Gustavo Gili; her book 'Hebra de Agua' was selected as book of the year in 2016 at the 'Teixim la Ciutat' Festival held in Sant Cugat in Catalonia (Spain).


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
  • U2

    Sample of pieces and materials

    • Going over materials
    • Sample of pieces with gradients
  • U3

    Pattern transfer and assembly

    • How do you transfer a pattern to fabric?
    • How do you prepare a hoop for embroidery?
  • U4

    Color ranges

    • How does the color work in the embroidery?
    • Embroider your own chromatic material
    • Chromatic circle
    • Now you do!
  • U5

    Textures and point sense

    • Contrast (textures)
    • Volume (point sense)
  • U6

    Work on final piece

    • Application of accents
    • Radial embroidery
    • Color levels and stitch sense I - Part 1
    • Color levels and stitch sense I - Part 2
    • Color levels and stitch sense II
    • Gradient in grays
    • Rescue, patch and get over it!
    • Independent elements (legs)
    • Finishes and presentation
  • FP

    Final project

    • Painting with yarn: textile illustration techniques

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Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques. A Craft course by Gimena Romero Best Seller

Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques

A course by Gimena Romero
Textile artist. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/05/2018
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 33061 students