Are you looking for places to learn hand embroidery?
Hand embroidery is popular needlework that many crafters are using to make statements and funky designs. Embroidery has come back into fashion but with a whole new twist and it is easy to see why so many are wanting to learn.
It is a fairly simple craft to do due to not needing too many materials and it can be fairly inexpensive. I also love this craft as it is something you can do at home, on your lunch break at work of even while you are on the bus home.
What Is Embroidery?
Embroidery is the decoration of fabrics together with other materials using thread and needle.
It’s worth pointing out that embroidery requires other essentials like beads, sequins, pearls, and many more.
It also involves different techniques and stitches like running stitch, blanket stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch, and chain stitch.
Hand embroidery is done by using a hoop that hold your fabric tight so you can easily work and weave through the fabric to create intricate designs.
What is more fun is that you can make any design into embroidery, whether you love flowers and plants, people and figures or even harry potter! The options are endless and it can really open up a whole new craft for you.
Do I Need To Take A Course To Learn Hand Embroidery?
Nope, I haven’t and I often create small projects to decorate a quilt, blanket or to put in a frame as a gift.
I am still learning but you definitely don’t have to take a course paid or free.
You can buy kits that can help you get started or you can simply look up online different stitches and just try doing each one.
I didn’t do any kind of research I just decided to one day do my name with the embroidery floss and have just tried different techniques ever since.
Depending on how you learn may depend on what you choose to do. If you like to know how things are done and made before getting started you might want to look into some of the resources below.
If you like to jump in and learn as you go, go for it!
7 Best Places To Learn Hand Embroidery
I wanted to put together this handy list to help you find a resource that works for you.
Not all of these require you to buy a course or pay for anything so even if your budget is low there is an option for you.
We live in a time where there is a tonne of information and wise people sharing what they know so it is a perfect time to pick up a new hobby and learn something.
Udemy is a platform that content creators like myself can produce videos and upload them. Similar to Youtube but they are created to be a course.
Each course is sold either as a paid or for free to people like you who are looking to learn.
Once you have paid for the course you get unlimited access so you can go back and forth to the course over time or even over the same video again and again.
Each course is rated and has helpful reviews from other customers/students who have taken the course so you can see if it will fit your learning requirements.
Who doesn’t use Youtube for atleast something – those funny cat videos or to watch something over lunch?
If you look beyond the funny videos and music videos you can find a whole host of people sharing their knowledge.
I often turn to Youtube if I need help on a project, to fix my sewing machine or to watch a new quilting video – they are very addictive!
Here you can find someone who is showing you exactly how to get started all the way into how to save your projects and present them. If you find someone you like you can subscribe so you don’t have to try and remember them again.
Chloe Wen is a Youtuber who does a number of videos on her channel but she has a couple of really great, clear videos on embroidery and how to get started.
Another example is Cutesy Crafts who is also another Youtuber who makes really helpful and clear videos on starting embroidery and the different stitches.
Local Craft Stores
Not many places have a thriving town or city with many craft stores. Many of my nearest local craft stores have close but I can travel a couple of miles further and find a whole host of places.
Sometimes these small stores have knitting circles and hold classes to learn new skills. It is a good idea to keep in touch or up to date with your local stores to see if you can get in a class to learn more about embroidery.
It may be a class that lasts a couple of weeks or even just a one off booster class.
Tip: Before paying for your class find out exactly what you are getting and if you need to bring any extras. Some classes provide all the materials and some only partly.
Skillshare is very much like Udemy in the sense that everything is done online.
You can sit in the comfort of your own home and learn the basics and more.
You can find courses to learn embroidery skills and the different stitches to help you understand and progress.
Each course has ratings, reviews and a time length. The time length will indicate how long the course takes to complete.
What I love about this platform is that there are such a wide variety of skills and ways to use embroidery from different designs, water colour features and ways to add more texture.
Social Media Platforms
Mostly places like Facebook and Instagram where you can watch IGTV videos or videos on Facebook pages.
I often use these platforms to connect with fellow sewers and crafters and even for research and inspiration. I love looking at pictures as I am a very visual person so I often follow people who create things I want to make.
People such as Cheese Before Bedtime – Amy is an embroidery artists who shows her work on Instagram and sells it. She is from New Zealand but she often does videos on her stories or Instagram feed of doing small tutorials and stitches.
You can find a whole host of other instagram accounts to follow and learn from. Simply type in #embroiderytutorial into your Instagram search bar and you will find a number of videos and people doing just that.
It may take some time to find people who you like and their videos are helpful but it is so worth it in the end.
You can use a similar technique with Facebook to find individuals to follow, groups to join and pages to like.
Similar to me there are a tonne of bloggers who’s passion is needlework, crochet and embroidery along with many more.
This is a great resource to use as many of these people have become an expert in their niche and are sharing their knowledge for free.
Some blogs may have paid courses but you can find pretty much everything you need to know for free.
Here are some embroidery and needlework blogs that have a whole load of content to help you get started. These are just of the many resources I have found:
Jenny Hart runs the popular blog Sublime Stitching and has been since 2001. Her first pieces of work were to create stitched portraits of famous and infamous people using traditional style American hand embroidery.
Mary Corbet from Needle n Thread is another great resource for learning about how to get started with hand embroidery along with trying both modern and traditional techniques.
Carina Envoldsden- Harris is a UK based crafter who runs the blog Carina’s Craft blog and she does a number of techniques from hand embroidery to patchwork and quilting.
Though you might think this is an outdated resource it doesn’t have to be. I have so many books that are about different crafts that I love to read, use and reference.
I find the right books are just as helpful as the other resources on this list. Mostly because one book can have all the helpful information you need in one place.
With a book there is no need to skim through a tonne of blog posts to find what you saw 2 days ago, try and scroll through your web history to find that helpful Youtube video or even pay up for a fancy course (not that there should be any!)
Here are some of the books I have used and recommend buying to help your further your embroidery hobby:
Needle Painting Embroidery: Fresh Ideas For Beginners by Trish Burr
Buy Here On Amazon: Needle Painting Embroidery
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches By Country Bumpkin Publications
Buy Here On Amazon: A-Z Embroidery Stitches
Stitchcraft: An Embroidery Book of Simple Stitches and Peculiar Patterns By Gayla Partridge
Buy Here On Amazon: Stitchcraft: An Embroidery Book of Simple Stitches and Peculiar Patterns
Thread Folk: A Modern Makers Book of Embroidery Projects and Artist Collaborations By Libby Moore
Buy Here On Amazon: Thread Folk
Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners By Aimee Ray
Buy Here On Amazon: Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners
I hope you have found thesr resources helpful and you have found something that fits your style of learning and budget. If you know of any other resrouces I would love to share them and if you need any more help let me know in the comments.