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Appliqué (detail) - courtesy of © Ute (DE)

Masterful Embroidery Weekend

The Hand Embroidery Masterclass will give you the extensive knowledge of a globally popular craft and accompany you on the path to your own idea. It is a winding, wonderfully creative path that does not necessarily lead to material wealth, but is an enrichment for your own creative power. The joy of handwork, the knowledge that you are making a very important contribution to the mental health of the world - the joy that comes from this outweighs all the hardships!

The focus of our hand embroidery master class is on deepening the knowledge from one of the courses mentioned below, the combination of embroidery techniques, the use of "unusual" materials and the implementation of what has been learned. On the one hand, given motifs, on the other hand, given themes come into play.

Prerequisite for participation in this seminar is the successful completion of

  • Master Needleworker
  • Master Needle Artisan (Corr.)
  • Master Needle Artisan (local course)
  • other participants on request
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Homage to Kandinsky - Canvas Embroidery Lesson 2 Master Class Hand Embroidery - © Barbara (DE)

Master class hand embroidery

We always start with 2 introductory days where we introduce you to materials and techniques that are not yet widely used in hand embroidery. The variety of ways in which traditional techniques can be dressed up in a modern garb contribute much to the everlasting popularity of hand embroidery. The course content itself deals with perfecting traditional techniques, which are the guarantee for success in the textile community. We encourage your own creativity and are happy to learn a great deal from each participant.

Use it as preparation for the development of your own courses, for the creation of a design portfolio, as preparation for a course of study or the practical part of the journeyman's examination for the profession of textile designer in the craft / embroidery department or

just do it for yourselves! 

    • Semester 1: Working on Canvas
      • Classic stitches
      • Tent Stitch Shading
      • experimental work
    • Semester 2: Working on plain weave fabric
      • Classic stitches
      • appliqué
      • Smocking
      • experimental work
    • Semester 3: Counted Thread Work
      • Classic stitches
      • Casalguidi
      • stitched lace techniques
      • experimental work
    • Semester 4: The third dimension
      • Stumpwork
      • Needlepoint lace and needle weaving
      • Boxmaking
    • Semester 5: Fine embroidery
      • Shadow appliqué
      • Blackwork Shading
    • Semester 6: Shading on plain-weaves
      • soft shading
      • Tapestry Shading
    • Semester 7: Passamentry
      • Tassels
      • Cords
      • Cushion
    • Semester 8: Thesis
      • Own design according to theme

Rule runtime: 4 years

Completion/Duration of support: 4.5 years

Mandatory Attendance Days:

  • Introduction (2 days / fixed date)
  • 12 days per semester (freely selectable from the dates of the textile studio)
  • additional course days can be booked

average working time required for own work per week:
15 - 20 hours

Start Date: September

Language of seminar materials/in class: optionally German or English

Tutoring for work at home: via email
You can contact us at any time, we will answer as soon as possible. It is best to attach a good resolution photo (front and back) to your question, then we can help even better.

Termination Option: 4 weeks at the end of a semester

needlework frame:

  • 45cm Easy Frame (2)
  • 75cm professional slat frame

Source of supply in Germany: Hof Erdenlicht / Tobias Dübler

needlework scissors narrow tipped

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Other: well-lit workplace

Registration Fee:  100€ (non-refundable)

Seminar fee:
The fee is payable in monthly instalments.

  • monthly rate (48x): 195€
    • Total fee: 9360€

Cancellation options 

  • 12 weeks at the end of a semester

Included in the fees:

  • Support during the seminar days
  • Consumables for the exercises during the practice days
  • E-mail support at work at home
  • Certificates
Material costs per semester: approx. 400€
All ISTA dates are subject to the Corona situation. Only when events without elaborate hygiene regulations and mask obligation are possible again, we can keep the dates.

Project examples
with kind permission of our students