While some embroidery classes are offered as part of degree programs in fashion, sewing or textiles, the majority of classes are offered for personal enrichment through a school's continuing education or adult studies division. These courses are available at many levels, and they all include practical hands-on instruction.
In embroidery classes, students can learn about the following:
- Design transfer techniques
- Embroidery tools and materials
- Color choice and patterns
- Embroidery throughout history
- Stitching techniques
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This personal enrichment embroidery course provides an overview of the basic embroidery concepts and techniques. Typically, students need to bring their own equipment, including embroidery floss, needles and scissors. Students learn the most common and simplest embroidery stitches used to decorate fabric. This course involves hand-stitching, but there may be some discussion about the use of digital embroidery machines.
Through advanced embroidery classes, students learn how to make specific embroidery designs by hand or with a machine. Some design examples may include the Twill a Rose technique or the Japanese Bunka style. Students also learn how to use the machine to recreate original designs, so they can be used repeatedly on clothing, table napkins and towels.
Beginning Beadwork Embroidery
This embroidery class introduces students to the advanced embroidery stitches needed to stitch beads into embroidery designs. Students practice on canvas and with a variety of beads. This is the first step to integrating beads into clothing designs and jewelry.
Brazilian embroidery is a three-dimensional stitch used on fabric. In this advanced embroidery course, students learn how to thread the needle and tie the knot for these stitches. They start by using stitches, such as French knots, cast-ons, bullions and detached buttonholes, to create a one-dimensional project. After completing a first project, students build on their skills to create three-dimensional pieces.