Beaded Embroidery Portraits

A course by Camila Rubio Erazo
Contemporary beaded embroidery artist. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 07/08/2019
, Contemporary beaded embroidery artist

Learn how to embroider your favorite characters' faces to give personality and texture to your garments

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (206)
  • 5312 students
Beaded Embroidery Portraits

Learn how to embroider your favorite characters' faces to give personality and texture to your garments

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (206)
  • 5312 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 49m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result", this well-known quote should be the mantra of any creative mind, and it seems that the contemporary beading embroiderer Camila Rubio—known as Pasionaria Pedrería—has it engraved in her mind. The world of embroidery offers endless possibilities and Camila, day by day, explores each one of them with the aim of offering original, striking, and unique pieces, investigating different media, experimenting with formats and sizes, and trying to incorporate non-traditional materials in her embroidery.

In this course, Camila will teach you how to make a portrait embroidered with beads from start to finish, which will serve as a way to express your style and creativity, using materials that add shine and texture to your piece.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before embroidering
  • U3
    U3. Let's get to work: portrait embroidered with rhinestones
  • U4
    U4. Portraits and more; how to take care of your rhinestones
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Camila, the embroiderer known as Pasionaria Pedrería. Learn about the path that led her to beaded embroidery and what this means for her. Take a look at some of her influences and what inspires her to create.

Learn basic color theory and color wheel notions, and some considerations on the properties of color. Review the portrait genre within the visual arts, analyzing its particularities and difficulties. Then, explore the necessary materials for the development of your project.

Learn step by step how to draw and embroider your portrait with beads. First, choose the rhinestones looking at the nuances in color and texture, and then do a manual calibration of the materials. Learn how to make the pattern to transfer it to the fabric. Camila teaches you how to outline your sketch, and then learn the continuous stitch for beads to be used in much of the embroidery.

Next, embroider the face giving different directions to your stitches and starting with the nose, forehead, and eyelids. Using various materials and colors you can give it volume, light, and shadow. Continue with the cheeks and the chin; Finally, the hair, the most entertaining part! To do this, Camila teaches you how to apply the sweep stitch, ideal to put sequins.

With your portrait finished, Camila gives you some tips that will always help you: how to take care of the beads, how to keep your piece or hang it for all to see or even, how to turn it into a patch.

What is this course's project?

An embroidered portrait made entirely of beads.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for everyone, both beginners and experienced embroiderers, as well as anyone who wants to learn to create beautiful portraits embroidered with beads.

What you need

No previous knowledge or experience in drawing or embroidery is required, just the desire to learn.

As for materials, you will need pencil and paper, access to a regular printer, a 7-inch rack, cotton fabric, scissors, a fabric marker, jewelry needles, sewing threads, a couple of small containers, a microfiber rag, beads, and sequins.


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Camila Rubio Erazo

A course by Camila Rubio Erazo

Contemporary beaded embroidery artist

Camila Rubio is a contemporary beaded embroidery artist and more commonly known as Pasionaria Pedrería. She got herself into the world of embroidery through the exploration and application of materials that caught her attention—especially shiny ones— in a self-taught manner.

Camila focused on developing a beaded embroidery technique that was as complete and thorough as possible, not only in the study of different stitches but also in the use of various materials, which would allow her to turn her drawings into embroidered pieces full of nuances, shine, and texture.

She worked on the Gabriel Vielma summer collection in 2017 and from there, continued to be linked to the intervention and decoration of clothing and publishing houses. She has developed all kinds of projects: beaded embroidery kits to create patches or pins, large-scale embroidery for showcases, embroidered gardens, paper with rhinestones, among other projects.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Before embroidering

    • Color
    • Portrait, face and expression
    • Utensils, tools and materials review
    • Knowing your rhinestones
  • U3

    Let's get to work: portrait embroidered with rhinestones

    • Materials, color palette and calibration
    • Create the Embroidery pattern and pass it to the fabric
    • Border
    • Eyes, mouth and details
    • Nose, forehead and eyelids
    • Cheeks, chin and neck
    • Hair
  • U4

    Portraits and more; how to take care of your rhinestones

    • Do you want to hang it or do you want to use it?
    • How to take care of your rhinestones and closure
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Portraits in embroidered rhinestones

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Beaded Embroidery Portraits. A Craft course by Camila Rubio Erazo

Beaded Embroidery Portraits

A course by Camila Rubio Erazo
Contemporary beaded embroidery artist. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 07/08/2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (206)
  • 5312 students