Exploring Embroidery

Instructor: Kara Perpelitz
Wednesdays 4:30-7:30pm 
5 weeks: July 7 to August 11, no class August 4
Location: Online
$200 (supplies not included)
Prerequisite: None

This class is an introductory exploration of embroidery, with instruction on lines, fills and motifs with various threads on a variety of fabrics. Students will complete a sampler in the first three weeks to act as a stitch library for use in their final self-designed project. Over the five week course, we will look at examples of embroidery and dissect their design elements in preparation of creating our own design, finishing with a wall hanging. Students are not expected to have any experience in embroidery, beginners welcome.


  • Stitch styles: lines, fills and motifs
  • Fabric types and work arounds for unconventional fabrics
  • Thread types and suitability
  • Design with embroidery in mind
  • Overview of styles of embroidery
  • Completion of your own design
  • Proper finishing and methods of framing/hanging your work


  • A variety of thread in colours you like*: DMC Floss, Perle cotton, sewing thread are all mandatory, a variety of yarns and ribbons, etc. as desired/available encouraged
  • A variety of fabric*: Muslin, linen, monk's cloth, aida, denim, jersey, tulle, felt, etc. At least a fat quarter of your desired fabrics
  • Fabric stabilizer: Solvy, lightweight tear away stabilizer, or light weight iron on interfacing
  • Fabric pencil or wash-away marker
  • A variety of hand sewing needles
  • Iron
  • Embroidery hoop: 6-10 inches or embroidery frame
  • Pencil and paper, colouring tools
  • Simple cardstock, 1-2 pages
  • Hot glue gun or white glue

*There are no wrong types of thread for the work we will be exploring, please bring your stash to the first class and we will discuss how we can work with these threads.  As long as it’s a linear, we can make it work. There are no wrong types of fabric either, a variety of tight weave and loose weave is great! Please also bring your stash to the first class so we can discuss fabric types. Another note on thread and fabric - colours are up to you. Keep in mind we will be designing a piece, and you may want to originally purchase 3-5 colours of thread for the sampler we will work on in the first classes, then purchase more when you have an idea for your design. Fabric can be plain or printed. 

Embroidery supplies can be purchased at local shops such as Periwinkle Quilting and Beyond, Nefelibata Arts and Crafts, Century Textiles, Prairie Lily Knitting & Needlework Shop, and at big box stores such as Fabricland, Michaels, and Walmart.