Embroidery is a craft where there is always something to learn. Hundreds of stitches with contemporary techniques, you’ll never tire of challenging yourself to take your embroidery to the next level. A convenient way to always stay on top of your sewing game is to learn embroidery online. With the help of online courses, you can learn the basics as well as fun creative projects, all taught by expert instructors.
If you’re new to embroidery, there are plenty of online courses that teach essential techniques. Craftsy, for example, has a full course called Startup Library: Hand Embroidery which includes more than three hours of instruction. It begins by introducing you to the supplies and teaching you about different types of stitches and ends with a demonstration of how to finish your project. You will leave the class with an understanding of how to approach future embroideries.
The Startup Library: Hand Embroidery is just a course you can take online. Check out more sewing classes below.
Learn new embroidery skills by trying these 13 online courses.
Online embroidery lessons focused on learning techniques
Startup Library: Hand Embroidery, Arts and craftsthere — If you’re new to embroidery, this comprehensive course is a great place to start. It covers tools, many essential stitches and even how to embroider on clothes.
Thread painting: modern embroidery for beginnersSkills sharing — Artist Danielle Clough is known for her incredible embroideries sewn onto old snowshoes. Through her course on Skillshare, you will learn how to paint with thread as well as find your voice to express yourself in embroidery, the same way you would with pencils or your tablet.
Daily Embroidery Challenge: Daily Stitch Samplercreative bug – Practice brings comfort, and the Daily Embroidery Challenge class will have you completing one stitch per day on instructor Rebecca Ringquist’s design stitch sampler. By the end of the course, you will have hand sewn 31 stitches.
Advanced Embroidery Samplercreativebug – Once you’re ready for more advanced techniques, check out Ringquist’s other class of embroidery samplers on Creativebug. You’ll want to use its Sequel Stitch Sampler in order to practice two-tone yarns and “elaborate texture stitches”.
Embroidery Transfer Techniquescreative bug — Knowing how to transfer embroidery designs is essential for creating your own images with embroidery (or downloading and stitching someone else’s design). In this course, you will learn how to prepare a design and transfer it to fabric, as well as work with found images and text.
Stumpwork: Basics of Relief EmbroideryArts and crafts — Have you ever wanted to embroider in 3D? The stumpwork technique is one way to do this. Celeste Chalasani, expert needlework instructor, shows how to add dimension to a flower and bee design with felt stuffing and yarn scraps.
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Intermediate embroidery, Being creative with printed fabrics, My Modern Met Academy — Take your embroidery to a new level by working with printed fabrics. Artist Floor Giebels will show you how to make photo collages, print them at home or with a service, then the embroidery details to create a stunning final piece. The course comes with ready-to-print images for you to use.
Embroidered ABC wall hanging: a daily practicecreativebug —Practice your sewing ABCs as you embark on a month-long journey to create an embroidered wall hanging. Lark Rising Embroidery artist Lauren covers a variety of techniques with images that match nature.
3D embroidery: the modern cameoArts and crafts — Textile artist Jessica Long transformed the iconic cameo into a design you can stitch. The course includes instructions on the satin stitch, French knots, etc. Plus, you’ll learn how to add dimension to your cameo with sumpwork.
Skirt decorated with embroiderycreative bug — Hand embroidery is a great way to embellish a garment. In another class with Rebecca Ringquist, you’ll learn tips and tricks for adding it to a skirt. She’ll show you how to test shapes for design and composition before you start embroidering.
Bohemian style: Mixed embroideryArts and crafts – Learn how to incorporate mixed media into your hoop art with this class taught by embroiderer Nichole Vogelsinger. The class includes three “boho-chic hoop designs” that use a combination of stitches, fabrics, beads and more to create playful art for your walls.
Hand embroidery on denimArts and crafts – Ever wanted to adorn your favorite jacket or jeans? In the Hand Embroidery on Denim course taught by Kat McTee, you will understand how to turn your clothes into a mobile work of art.
Hand embroidery in sheer fabricArts and crafts — Sewing on sheer fabric can create the illusion that your embroidery is floating. But working with organza comes with its own set of challenges, so let artist Sarah Godfrey be your guide to embroidering bold designs on translucent materials.
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This article has been edited and updated.
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