Stitching Odyssey I: Basic Techniques, Styles, and Fundamentals

Instructor: Kara Perpelitz
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm 
5 weeks: September 20 to October 25, no class September 27
Location: In-person Williams Building room 243
$235 (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


Kara will provide a kit for $20 on the first night with the materials and tools you need for this class: thread, fabric, hoops, and scissors. Kara will also discuss with you what other materials you might like to pick up for your own project(s). Please also bring a sketchbook (or some paper) and a pencil.