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Drawing with Thread

A course by Cecilia Santamaria Mandujano , Embroiderer and Illustrator

Embroiderer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2022

Learn to embroider and draw with thread. Transfer your sketches to fabric to create realistic illustrations.

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 1629 students

Learn to embroider and draw with thread. Transfer your sketches to fabric to create realistic illustrations.

In this online course, the renowned embroiderer and illustrator Ceci Santamaria invites you to immerse yourself in the exciting world of realistic embroidery. Through her unique black thread drawing technique, Ceci has collaborated with prestigious brands such as Bleiz, Cetrería de México and COATS. Her focus on portraying nature with surprising precision has led her to create works that shine with the magic of the handmade.

The course will give you the necessary tools to give life to your illustrations on fabric, combining different textures with mastery to achieve volume and definition in your embroidery. You will learn to take traditional techniques and give them a contemporary twist, obtaining surprising results.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 15 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 1629 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 22m)
  • 15 additional resources (5 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

What is this course's project?

You will have the opportunity to create your favorite animal with a needle and black thread. Using all the techniques and knowledge acquired during the lessons, you will embroider a stunning realistic portrait of the majestic jaguar.

From whiskers to volumes and finishes, you will capture every detail with precision and dedication. Through this project, you will experience the satisfaction of bringing your favorite animal to life with your own hands, taking home a unique and contemporary work of art.

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at all those lovers of embroidery and illustration who wish to explore the exciting world of realistic embroidery. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or already have experience in embroidery, Ceci Santamaría's guide will help you discover a new way to express the beauty of nature with black thread.

If you are passionate about portraying nature and want to learn unique techniques to achieve realism in your works, this course is perfect for you. Dare to immerse yourself in the world of realistic embroidery and discover a magical way to illustrate on fabric!

Requirements and materials

To fully enjoy this course, you will need threads, needles, paper and pencil, as well as an embroidery hoop and a cotton square. There are no limits to your ability to depict the beauty of nature through embroidery, so grab your black thread, get ready to illustrate on fabric, and experience a new way to create realistic portraits. Let your emotions and your passion for nature be reflected in every stitch!


1629 Students
6 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Cecilia Santamaria Mandujano

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Embroiderer and Illustrator

Ceci Santamaria is a talented embroiderer and illustrator with an overflowing passion for nature. Her ability to portray flora and fauna through realistic embroidery has allowed her to collaborate with renowned brands and leave a mark in the world of handmade art. With a unique drawing technique with black thread, Ceci seeks to create emotional connections with her works, transmitting the magic and beauty of nature through each stitch.

Her career includes projects with renowned brands such as Bleiz, Cetrería de México and COATS, as well as a series of contemporary creations that combine tradition and modernity. The subtlety with which she handles color and textures in her embroidery highlights her talent for capturing the very essence of nature in each work.

Ceci Santamaría has become an influential figure in the world of embroidery and illustration, sharing her knowledge and techniques with enthusiasm. Her passion for nature and her ability to create realistic portraits with black thread make her a unique artist, whose creativity and skill continue to captivate those who appreciate the beauty of what is handmade.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Drawing with black thread

    • A unique technique for embroidered realism
    • Materials for drawing with thread
    • The best image to embroider
  • U3

    Prepare the embroidery

    • Make your own pattern
    • Transfer the pattern to the fabric
    • Mounting the fabric on the hoop
    • Gradient exercise 1
    • Gradient exercise 2
  • U4

    Embroider the project

    • The first lines
    • Dark areas and spots
    • Points and textures
    • Texture with short lines 1
    • Texture with short lines 2
    • Final touches
  • U5

    Closing content

    • Preparation for assembly
    • And the back?
    • Photograph your embroidery
  • FP

    Final project

    • Thread embroidered drawing

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Drawing with Thread. Craft course by Cecilia Santamaria Mandujano Best seller

Drawing with Thread

A course by Cecilia Santamaria Mandujano
Embroiderer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 1629 students