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Creation of Embroidered Portraits

A course by Bugambilo
Visual artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined September 2017
, Visual artist

Learn to illustrate portraits by combining embroidery techniques

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (666)
  • 13623 students
Creation of Embroidered Portraits

Learn to illustrate portraits by combining embroidery techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (666)
  • 13623 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 Lessons (4h 14m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

In the fusion of the different artistic disciplines beauty and innovation proliferate and this is demonstrated by the plastic artist Sol Kesseler or, as everyone knows her, Bugambilo. He trained in Fine Arts specializing in painting, however today, he takes his illustrations to another level by plastering them on canvas with needle and thread, creating and embroidering truly expressive and unique pieces.

In this course, Bugambilo will guide you through the process so that you can produce an image with thread, combining traditional techniques with a contemporary embroidery style.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Embroider as drawing
  • U3
    U3. Let's think about colors
  • U4
    U4. The line guides us
  • U5
    U5. The structures: weft and warp
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Bugambilo will start by explaining a little about her and how a chance led her to embroider. He will share with you his influences and resources that may inspire you in the creation process.

You will know the necessary materials and assemble your seamstress with everything you might need. Of course, you will choose a portrait photograph to embroider. You will choose some words that describe your project and on which you will work to try to translate them into it.

Sol will create a color circle embroidered with the dominant and subordinate colors, and will explain the advantages of having one made with threads, although you can use the one you have at your fingertips.

Bugambilo will teach you to synthesize the figure by sketching the directions and routes of the line, thus creating a guide to embroider. Then you will transfer the image to the fabric, maintaining the line modulations and the sense of volume with the lines you draw. Then you will see how to make linear embroidery stitches and back stitches with which you will begin work on the figure.

You will start with the look as an accent of the image and continue through the nose and mouth, where you will learn to differentiate lines that build volume and others that mark or delimit shapes. Then, you will make the hair by nuance point keeping your hand loose to get a relaxed stitch.

You will see the importance of knowing the fabric ligament to get the most out of it. Bugambilo will explain how to combine darning and darning operations to add to what you already know and solve the character's clothes, making appliques with scraps.

To finish, you will embroider the plot of the background of the image and you will see some tips to give the last touches to your creation.

What is this course's project?

You will make an embroidered portrait from the picture you choose. You will get a portrait that will be drawn with thread and needle.

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Who is it for?

To people who want to learn to draw by embroidering and lovers of craft who want to work with a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques to make a super special portrait.

What you need

It is not necessary that you have experience in embroidery or drawing. Bugambilo will explain step by step how to create an expressive portrait.

The required materials are very simple: it will be enough to have a photograph, fabric, some threads (such as sewing thread, Mouliné and Perlé), scissors, embroidery frame, carbon paper, pencil and paper.


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A course by Bugambilo

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Sol Kesseler, better known as Bugambilo, is a visual artist and cartoonist who uses embroidery as a plastic resource. His training is pictorial, although he came to embroidery by chance. His work has been featured in specialized magazines and private collections and has been exhibited in different countries. He currently has his own space in Buenos Aires (Argentina), where he dedicates himself to embroider his illustrations and teach other people to discover his passion for threads.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What are we going to do?
  • U2

    Embroider as drawing

    • Let's assemble the seamstress
    • What do we talk about when we say portrait?
    • Let's look for the reference
  • U3

    Let's think about colors

    • Let's choose the palette
    • Light matters, we make up with grays
  • U4

    The line guides us

    • Sketch and tracing
    • Transfer to the web
    • To embroider line I
    • To embroider line II
    • The look I
    • The look II
    • Nose and mouth
    • Hair I
    • Hair II
  • U5

    The structures: weft and warp

    • Dressing the character
    • Fund I
    • Fund II
    • Closing and conclusions
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Creation of embroidered portraits

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Creation of Embroidered Portraits. A Illustration, and Craft course by Bugambilo Best Seller

Creation of Embroidered Portraits

A course by Bugambilo
Visual artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined September 2017
  • 98% Positive reviews (666)
  • 13623 students