UPDATE: Embroidery School now includes the original series PLUS the new Crazy Quilt Embroidery School series and the Christmas Embroidery School series (links to lessons below). Future series include Children's Embroidery School, and Embroidery School Part Two - Embroidery Designing.
Embroidery is just about the easiest of all the types of needlework to learn. It is essentially a needle, threads, and fabric. To make it work, just add embroidery hoop, scissors, and a design to stitch.
Here in embroidery school, you'll learn:
• What embroidery is
• Supplies - how to choose and use them
• Design - how to get it onto the fabric (including dark fabrics)
• Stitches - how-to start and end the work/ how-to guides
• Displaying embroidery
• Washing and caring for embroidered items
• How to travel with your embroidery projects
(Lesson links at the bottom of the page.)
Embroidery is a very ancient technique of applying threads and yarns to the surface of fabrics. It has been used to accent clothing and quilts. It is used in mending and textile reuse. It has been used as an art form in samplers, tapestries, framed wall hangings, and in the hoop.
Some of the earliest surviving embroidery dates back to 500BC. Although mending techniques use similar stitches, it's actually impossible to tell if embroidery developed from textile repair or was already being used to embellish fabrics for purely decorative purposes.
Embroidery can be used very traditionally to create traditional gifts or clothing and linen accents, or it can be played with experimentally, creating new works of modern relevance.
This is a needlework technique that is:
• easy to learn
and it requires very few supplies.
You've probably heard of some of these traditional forms of embroidery: cross stitch, chicken scratch, redwork, pattern darning, stumpwork, sashiko, crewel, and gold work. There are a whole lot more types of embroidery.
Embroidery School includes two free downloadable sampler patterns for you to choose from so you can learn the stitches as we go along.
"Thank you for all your instructions! I enjoy following them and am not afraid to try my hand at embroidery now!"
Embroidery School - Original Series -
Lesson One: Choosing and Using Embroidery Tools
Lesson Two: Transferring the Design to Fabric
Lesson Three: To Knot or Not - Tidy Stitching
Embroidery School Samplers - homework downloads
Lesson Four: Back stitch/ Blanket stitch/ Chain stitch
Lesson Five: Cross stitch/ Feather stitch/ Fly stitch
Lesson Six: French Knot/ Lazy Daisy/ Running stitch
Lesson Seven: Satin stitch/ Seed stitch/ Stem stitch
Lesson Eight: Washing and Caring for Embroidery
Lesson Nine: Display Your Embroidery
Lesson Ten: Organizing and Storage
Lesson Eleven: Taking Stitchery On the Road or Just Around Town
Crazy Quilt Embroidery School Series -
Lesson One: Seams 1 and 2 (plus sampler download link)
Lesson Two: Seams 3 and 4
Lesson Three: Seam 5
Lesson Four: Seam 6
Lesson Five: make a fan block sachet
Christmas Embroidery School Series -
Crossed buttonhole stitch/ up and down button hole stitch (blanket stitch variations)
Open chain stitch
Chain stitch - change thread/color
Blanket stitch - change thread/color
Visit the STITCH LIBRARY page to search for specific stitches taught here on the blog. Cross-referencing never hurt anyone!