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Learn Hand Embroidery for Beginners with our Sewing courses in Sydney.

This Embroidery course for Beginners will help you get back or start with the basics of traditional embroidery and cross-stitch. Learn different embroidery stitches, techniques, and lettering from beginner up to an intermediate level, with guidance from an experienced embroiderer in a friendly casual setting.

The art of embroidery has been found worldwide, and several early examples have been found. Works in China have been dated to the Warring States period (5th–3rd century BC). Ancient Greek mythology has credited the goddess Athena with passing down the art of embroidery along with weaving, leading to the famed competition between herself and the mortal Arachne. Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items often were seen as a mark of wealth and status. In 18th-century England and its colonies, samplers employing fine silks were produced by the daughters of wealthy families. Embroidery was a skill marking a girl's path into womanhood as well as conveying rank and social standing. Embroidery was an essential part of the Medieval Islamic world. The 17th-century Turkish traveller Evliya Çelebi called it the "craft of the two hands". Because embroidery was a sign of high social status in Muslim societies, it became widely popular.

Intended Learning Outcomes

It is intended that by the end of this Hand Embroidery Course for Beginners, the student will be able to:

  • embroider a variety of stitches;
  • complete a self-directed embroidery project;
  • transpose skills learned to other sewing projects;
  • demonstrate improved fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination

Ideal for

This Embroidery course for beginners is suitable for:

  • Beginners students who would like to explore the art of embroidery
  • Students who have some experience in embroidery and would like a refresher, practice their skills or finish their current projects

Course Content:

Day 1

  • Preparing materials
  • Beginning to stitch and casting off
  • Ways of working, getting comfy with a needle and thread
  • Line and Border Stitches
  • Counted Cross-stitch Lettering

Day 2

  • Filling Stitches
  • Isolated Stitches
  • Open and Solid Fill Stitches
  • Openwork
  • Edging Stitches
  • Insertion Stitches

Day 3

  • Project Day
  • Working on a Sampler Project
  • How to finish off a project in a hoop

Class Materials:

Students are required to bring:

  • Pencils and eraser
  • Embroidery needle/s preferably a size 5 or size 4
  • 5 different colours of DMC 6 strand embroidery floss
  • 2 Fat Quarters (50cm x54cm) of Aida 14CT Fabric
  • 1 embroidery hoop, preferably 18cm in diameter
  • Thread scissors
  • A4 Display Folder


  • Needle Threader
  • Thimble
  • Carbon Paper


Rozelle Campus, corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

Other Information

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