Introduction to 3D Embroidery

A course by Nayla Marc
Embroiderer and Fashion Designer. Villa Ballester, Argentina.
Joined June 2019
, Embroiderer and Fashion Designer

Play with volume and create original three-dimensional embroidered pieces using alternative materials

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (265)
  • 3566 students

Play with volume and create original three-dimensional embroidered pieces using alternative materials

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (265)
  • 3566 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 25 lessons (4h 51m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

It is important to know the old ways perfectly so that you can find new ones that no one has ever trod before. The Argentinean clothing designer and embroiderer Nayla Marc creates embroidered pieces with traditional materials but adds alternative fabrics and new textile techniques to achieve volume, three-dimensionality, and a very contemporary aesthetic.

In this course, Nayla teaches you three-dimensional embroidery techniques, from volumetric stitches that are embroidered directly onto the fabric, to other stitches that include padding. See how to include pieces embroidered with wire inside and also, lined pieces that will later be included in the main embroidery. Give volume to your creativity!

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials, tools and tips
  • U3
    U3. Before embroidering
  • U4
    U4. Let's Embroider!
  • U5
    U5. Uses, applications and care
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to Nayla's journey in the embroidery world, as she shows you her main influences when working.

Review the materials and tools you'll use, plus useful tips. Then, look for inspiring references and start creating your embroidery design. Nayla shows you how to prepare the color palette in a very simple way.

Discover something very useful: the stitch chart. On top of it, see the differences between flat and 3D embroidery. Learn how to define the areas of the drawing to be highlighted with volume and see how to transfer the designs to the fabric.

Next, start embroidering! First, start on the main fabric applying the flat stitches and others with volume; then learn the process for the three-dimensional pieces that go with wire or polystyrene spheres, how to embroider them and, once they are finished, how to apply them to the piece. Nayla shows you how to put together your three-dimensional embroidery creating great depth and volume.

Finally, get some advice on their uses, care for your piece, and possible applications of three-dimensional embroidery.

By the end of the course, you will have an authentic piece embroidered by you with three-dimensional details, which will bring another dimension to the space it decorates.

What is this course's project?

Make a piece with a tropical design, applying diverse resources of the three-dimensional embroidery technique, to give it a lot of volume.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

People interested in embroidery, design, modeling, arts, and people who are interested in experimenting with volume in a textile piece.

What you need

No previous knowledge of embroidery is required, just patience, interest, and curiosity to experiment with 3D embroidery.

As for materials, you will need wools of different thicknesses (with and without lurex), fabric, coarse needle, fine needle, pins, sewing thread, frame, heat erase pen, yarn scissors, fabric scissors and wire cutter or clip, drawing charcoal, tracing sheet, smooth white sheets, ruler, paper tape and wide transparent tape, color markers, and a black marker. To give volume, you will need wire, wadding or fleece, cord or rope and polystyrene spheres.


3566 Students
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Nayla Marc

A course by Nayla Marc

Embroiderer and Fashion Designer

Nayla Marc started embroidering in 2011 and since 2015 has been dedicated to embroidering for brands such as FACON and teaching different embroidery techniques in workshops in Buenos Aires. Nayla is also an apparel designer who graduated from the UBA.

She is inspired by nature to design and create, combining embroidery with other textile techniques to achieve a more contemporary aesthetic.

Her work has been published in Kireei, cosas bellas (Spain), Tendencias TV (Spain), OHLALA, El Arte de Tejer and EVIA; and it has been exhibited in Supermarket Art Gallery, Centro Cultural Borges, and Vivero Huella Botánica.


  • U1


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

    Materials, tools and tips

    • materials
    • What are we going to embroider?
    • Create the layout
    • We choose the color
  • U3

    Before embroidering

    • Using the Point Sampler
    • Definition of volume and points
    • How to transfer the design to the fabric
  • U4

    Let's Embroider!

    • Flat points I
    • Flat points II
    • Flat points III
    • Flat points IV
    • Volume points with and without filling I
    • Points in volume with and without filling II
    • Volume points with and without filling III
    • Points with volume: wiring I
    • Points with volume: wire II
    • Points with volume: wired III
    • Points with volume: IV wires
    • Points with volume: lined
    • The pieces to the fabric
  • U5

    Uses, applications and care

    • Review
    • Care and applications
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to 3D Embroidery

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Introduction to 3D Embroidery. A Craft course by Nayla Marc

Introduction to 3D Embroidery

A course by Nayla Marc
Embroiderer and Fashion Designer. Villa Ballester, Argentina.
Joined June 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (265)
  • 3566 students