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10 Free Online Embroidery Classes for Learning New Techniques

Discover the techniques used by embroidery experts to start out or enhance your skills in this beautiful and ancient craft

Embroidery has been around for many centuries, with mentions of this decorative art in Ancient Greek mythology and examples found in China over 2000 years ago.

The uses of this craft have ranged from the royal to the mundane, and the fundamental techniques and stitches are still used to this day.

Following an embroidery course can help you master and explore the possibilities of this craft. You can unleash your creativity by decorating fabric or other materials using a needle, thread, or yarn and adding many other embellishing elements.

With Emillie Ferris, you will learn how to create realistic embroidered pieces using the long and short stitch technique.

Embroidery lends itself to many applications and has been used through the centuries all over the world. It is a popular technique that has recently enjoyed renewed popularity, thanks to its expressivity, simplicity, and understated charm.

Under the expert guidance of ten skillful embroidery artists, you will learn to work with patterns, master various stitches, materials and textures, use embroidery for practical purposes, and more.

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Free Class: Transferring Your Design

In this video lesson, textile artist Courtney McLeod takes you through the process of creating a neat and tidy transfer of your design onto your fabric. She will explain why you want to use a lighter-colored material for more detailed pieces and give you tips for making sure you have the perfect foundation to start stitching.

This class is part of the course Figurative Fashion Embroidery with Needle Felting
Transferring Your Design
, in which you learn to capture your love for fashion in embroidered works of art with textured needle-felted embellishments.

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Courtney McLeod takes you through the process of creating a neat and tidy transfer of your design onto your fabric.

Free Class: Pattern Transfer

Emillie Ferris is a self-taught artist using traditional embroidery methods to create contemporary embroidery patterns, kits, pins, and original hoop art. In this video, she will show you her favorite technique to transfer a pattern to the fabric, as well as the importance of putting the fabric in the hoop as tautly as possible.

She claims that the most wonderful part of painting with thread is getting to choose your color palette for a project. She’ll also explain her thought process in choosing thread colors.

Check out her process in this video lesson, which is part of her course, Realistic Embroidery Techniques. You will learn how to create realistic embroidered pieces using the long and short stitch technique.

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Emillie Ferris is a self-taught artist using traditional embroidery methods to create contemporary embroidery patterns.

Free Class: How to Prepare the Pattern for Embroidery

Inspired by her seamstress, grandmother, and aunt, embroidery artist Shan Xu began exploring textiles by sewing vintage-style purses. She then discovered her love for crafts, and it eventually became part of her career as an artist. In this lesson, she shares how she sources her references and turns them into a pattern.

She creates her designs using everyday inspiration, whether she comes across a flower or something she thinks is very beautiful or suitable for three-dimensional embroidery.

Find her tips by following her class, taken from her course, Stumpwork Embroidery: Create 3D Ornaments, in which you learn how to embroider beautiful double-sided flowers and transform them into accessories.

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Embroidery artist Shan Xu began exploring textiles by sewing vintage-style purses.

Free Class: Basic Embroidery Stitch Technique

Embroidery artist Yulia Sherbak’s work is centered on miniature embroidery and needlework jewelry and accessories. She is passionate about animals and nature, which are the central motifs in her work. In her video, she will teach you a variety of embroidery stitches, including straight stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, and turkey work.

This class is part of the course Miniature Needlework: Make Embroidered Jewelry, in which you learn how to make colorful accessories with needle and thread.

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Yulia Sherbak is passionate about animals and nature, which are the central motifs in her work.

Free Class: Embroidery Basics

Kseniia Guseva is an embroidery artist who’s always been interested in creating and has tried everything: knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, sewing, sketching, and beadwork.

Kseniia also loves to experiment with upcycling and customizing garments like jeans, bags, t-shirts, and even sneakers. In this video, she will teach you how to use a hoop, thread needle, start and finish stitches so they won’t get out of the fabric.

Find all these essential tips in the lesson, taken from her course Upcycling with Embroidery, in which you learn how to customize your clothes with embroidered architectural patterns.

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Kseniia loves to experiment with upcycling and customizing garments.

Free Class: Handmade Pattern Making

When the time comes to create your pattern, textile artist Sara Luna will show you all of her tricks to creating a design using a printer, a piece of greaseproof paper, and a sharpie pen. First, you are going to print the black and white photo that you chose; then, she will teach you how to find the different tones in the image, and finally, you will draw the pattern on the paper.

You can learn about all these processes and apply them to your project in this video, taken from her course Punch Needle Embroidery: From Pictures to Portraits, in which you learn how to use yarn to create expressive textile portraits of your favorite person.

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Sara will show you all of her tricks to creating a design using a printer, a piece of greaseproof paper, and a sharpie pen.

Free Class: Texture: Directionality, Cross Contour, Different Stitches Possible

As a passionate crafter, Camille Labarre explores and blends techniques from other disciplines to make her work unique. In her video, she talks about texture and the different stitches and materials you can use to achieve a whole range of effects, including 3D, using the punch needle technique.

Find all these essential tips in her lesson, taken from her course Embroidered Portraits with Punch Needle, in which you learn how to create unique embroidered portraits full of color and texture using the punch needle technique.

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Camille Labarre explores and blends techniques from other disciplines to make her work unique.

Free Class: Repurposing Yarn from Old Sweaters

Ellen Saville is committed to creating sustainable pieces using leftover yarn from other productions. She is a sustainable fashion advocate, passionate about mending and creating a more sustainable culture in the way we consume fashion. In this lesson, you will explore how you can source yarns from different places, including old sweaters.

Find out more about the whole process in this lesson, taken from her course Visible Mending: Colorful Knitwear Repair, in which you learn to extend the lifespan of your knitwear garments by developing your own mending style with colorful stitches.

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Ellen is committed to creating sustainable pieces using leftover yarn from other productions.

Free Class: Hoop and Practice Stitching

Chloe Giordano is an embroidery artist who specializes in creating artwork inspired by the natural world. Chloe discovered a fascination with stitching and eventually developed her freehand needle painting technique, which combined all three of her passions; nature, painting, and embroidery. In this video, she will show you how to thread the needle and the technique she uses.

This class is part of the course Freehand Needle Painting: Embroider the Beauty of Wildlife, in which you learn to create realistic, nature-inspired embroidery using freehand needle painting techniques.

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Chloe specializes in creating artwork inspired by the natural world.

Free Class: What to Embroider First

Layla Ortiz, better known as Coricrafts, is an embroiderer as well as a scientist. Since starting in the world of embroidery, she has sought inspiration from elements of nature and has created her own designs and drawings. In her lesson, she teaches you in what order to embroider each element of your composition.

Check out her process in this video lesson, taken from her course Introduction to Botanical Embroidery, in which you learn to create embroidered compositions full of nature and color.

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Layla draws inspiration from elements of nature and has created her own designs and drawings.

These classes are free to follow until August 7, 2021. If you’d like to refer to the material after this date, you can sign up for the relevant Domestika course.

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