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Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques

A course by Gimena Romero
Textile Artist. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 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 (2.2K)
  • 49384 students

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (2.2K)
  • 49384 students
  • 21 lessons (3h 10m)
  • 18 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Gimena Romero—a textile artist with more than a decade of experience creating and researching embroidery as an artistic technique—has learned to portray reality using just a needle and thread. With unique stitches, Gimena makes realistic embroidered pieces that are extraordinarily beautiful.

While in the course Experimental Embroidery Techniques on Paper she invited you to explore new mediums, this course teaches you pictorial embroidery techniques using needle and thread to create a realistic image. By playing with color and volume, and using the tools that embroidery can offer, learn how to paint with thread from scratch.

Plus, with Gimena, you can also learn traditional English embroidery in her course Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery and create unique pieces from historical patterns. Or learn to create unique images with a single embroidery stitch in her new course Embroidery Technique with the Stem Stitch.

What will you learn in this online 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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Get to know Gimena's work and learn about the materials you need to get started in the world of embroidery. Plus, take a look at some of her favorite projects made using the thread painting technique.

Then Gimena explains how to transfer the pattern onto fabric and shows you the technique for preparing your frame to start embroidering.

Gimena gives you some useful tips on creating a color palette, paying special attention to how it works for embroidery. Using the satin stitch, which she teaches step by step, understand the basic concepts of color theory using a color wheel and discover how it relates to embroidery.

Learn to determine the direction of different stitches and define their color to help give your pieces volume. Create gradients with threads of different tones and fill your embroidered illustrations with realism down to the tiniest detail.

What is this course's project?

Create an embroidered piece from a series of patterns inspired by a real image.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, artists, or anyone interested in learning a new thread painting technique.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary to take this course since Gimena will guide you through the process of this technique from start to finish.

Regarding 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

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Gimena Romero 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 attended the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Lyon (France).

She has won several international awards. She began her career in the world of haute couture embroidery in Lesage (Paris) and in 2014 she began working as a guild apprentice of gold thread embroidery in Seville. Her work has been exhibited in locations around the world.

She has also collaborated on published works of fiction, 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

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

    Pattern transfer and assembly

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

    Color ranges

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

    Textures and point sense

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

    Work on final piece

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

    Final project

    • Painting with yarn: textile illustration techniques

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

Painting with Thread: Textile Illustration Techniques

A course by Gimena Romero
Textile Artist. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (2.2K)
  • 49384 students