Embroidery Class


10 Lessons

10,369 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Hello and welcome to my hand embroidery class!

In this class, I'll teach you all the basics of hand embroidery. You'll complete two beautiful samplers that will teach you 11 different stitches.

In addition to stitches, I'll teach you about hoops, floss and fabric, as well as how to make and transfer patterns and finish your embroideries for hanging in hoops. I'll also give you a great list of projects to try in the last lesson!

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If you've used the skills you've learned in this class to write a great instructable, try entering it in one of our contests, like the Fiber Arts Contest for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Class Author:jessyratfink

Jessy Ratfink is a modern embroidery artist, sewist, crafter and cook. She published her first instructable nearly 10 years ago and now has over 500 instructables under her belt! She works for the Instructables Design Studio making awesome things full time. In her down time, she makes hand embroidered art and patterns for her Etsy shop, making jiggy.

To see what she's currently working on, visit her @makingjiggy Instagram page!


Lesson 1: Tools and Materials for Embroidery

This lesson will let you know which tools and materials are needed to take the class.

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Lesson 2: Choosing Floss and Fabrics

In this lesson, I'll teach you about the different types of floss. I'll also show you how to choose and wash fabric for embroidery.

Choosing Floss and Fabrics Started

Lesson 3: Get Your Hoop On

This lesson will teach you all about hoops! We'll go over how to choose the right hoop for your project, how to use a hoop, and how to clean your hoops. I'll also cover different hoop and frame types.

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Lesson 4: All About Patterns

In this lesson, you'll learn about patterns! I'll teach you the best places to get free and paid patterns, how to transfer patterns to fabric, and also how to make your own custom patterns.

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Lesson 5: Starting and Ending Floss

In this lesson, I'll cover different ways to start and end your floss. We'll go over regular knots, waste knots, and weaving in floss ends.

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Lesson 6: Basic Stitch Sampler

In this lesson, you'll learn 6 stitches while making a mountain embroidery, including: chain stitch, backstitch, split stitch, straight stitch, running stitch & satin stitch.

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Lesson 7: Floral Stitch Sampler

In this lesson, you'll learn 5 stitches while making a floral embroidery, including: woven wheel stitch, fly stitch, stem stitch, petal stitch, and French knots.

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Lesson 8: Washing, Drying and Blocking Embroidery

In this lesson, I'll show you how to wash your embroideries to remove all the pattern marks. I'll also show you the best techniques for drying your embroideries based on your chosen finish.

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Lesson 9: Finishing and Framing in Hoops

Now we'll finally get our sampler finished and ready to hang! I'll cover a few different techniques for finished hooped embroideries.

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Lesson 10: Tips for Embroidering + What to Embroider Next

In the final lesson, I'll teach you some tips and tricks for better and easier embroidery. I'll also give you a list of great embroider projects on Instructables to tackle once you've completed this class.

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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!