Master Needle Artisan

Hand Embroidery
Basic Knowledge - Techniques - Design
Distance Learning or in Medebach

Sampler Surface Embroidery (detail) – courtesy of © Monika (CH))

Embroidery is a particularly diverse art form. The Master Needle Artisan class shows you everything that is involved. The mastery of many techniques and knowledge of the processing of various materials, as taught in this course, form the basis for your free artistic development. You don’t need a counting chart or an area-fill-by-numbers guide. Inspiration is the only spark! This can be a photo, a painting, a drawing or just our imagination. At the same time, our face-to-face Master Needle Artisan class is also an indulgence in the colors and structures of the diverse materials that our market has to offer today. And at the end you can say:

This is my work of art
Created from AZ with my hands
That's the best feeling in the world!


Drawn Thread exercises from Lesson 2 – © Silke (DE)

The focus in our Master Needle Artisan class is on learning embroidery techniques, using a variety of materials, and translating classic techniques into modern design. Our documentation is consistently based on detailed step-by-step instructions and also provides a brief introduction to the history of the various embroidery techniques and further theoretical knowledge. Samplers are created with classic stitches and their modern interpretation, in several projects the techniques learned are combined and implemented with modern design options.

Master Needle Artisan is suitable for: All those who can not keep their hands off the needle and thread and give themselves pleasure every day. So for all who are as fascinated by the whole range of hand embroidery as we are. You don’t need any more prerequisite.

Use it to create practice pieces, prepare for developing your own classes, create a pattern book, prepare for study or the practical part of the journeyman’s exam for tDesigning Crafts WoMan / subject Hand Embroidery

Do it for YOURSELF!

  • Year 1 – Canvas

    • Canvaswork
      • Decorative stitches: straight, diagonal, crossed, braided stitches
      • combinations
      • experimental work
      • sampler
      • 1 project
    • Counted Thread Work
      • Cross stitch(es), braided stitches
      • Assisi, Colbert, Blackwork
      • Drawn and Pulled Thread Work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    Year 2 – Plain Weave

    • surface embroidery
      • Line stitches, braided stitches, single stitches
      • Ribbon stitches, filling stitches
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project
    • Techniques of Whitework
      • paddings
      • Decorative stitches
      • Eyelet embroidery, Cutwork
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    Year 3 – Plain Weave

    • Metal/Beadwork
      • paddings
      • Couching
      • chipwork
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
    • plain weave – stumpwork/ribbon embroidery
      • leaves, flowers
      • Needlepoint Lace
      • free shapes
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    year 4

    • Shading
      • canvas
      • plain weave
      • black work
    • thesis
      • own design on a given topic

Standard term: 4 years

Completion/support period: 4.5 years

on-site course: mandatory attendance days per semester: 12 days

  • the fee for the compulsory days are included in the fee
  • Dates see calendar->Textile Studio

Additional course days can be booked for both versions in addition

  • Dates see calendar->Textile Studio

Start date: 
Distance learning: every 1st Monday of the month
Local class: on a study day (see dates, all dates can be chosen freely).

Language of the seminar documents/in class: either German or English

Tutoring for work at home: by email

You can contact us at any time, we will answer as soon as possible. It is best to attach a high-resolution photo (front and back) to your question, then we can help even better.

Regular weekly feedback is preferred; you will receive a report template for this on request. You can also use this as a proof of activity when registering for the external examination as Designing Crafts WoMan / subject embroidery at the Chamber of Crafts!

Average required working time in home-work per week:  10-15 hours

Termination option: 6  weeks at the end of a training year

Embroidery frame:

  • 45cm Easy Frame (2)
  • 60cm professional bar frame

Source of supply in Germany: Hof Erdenlicht / Tobias Dübler
Detailed instructions on how to work with the frame are included in the documentation.

Embroidery scissors with a narrow tip

Image result for embroidery scissors
Miscellaneous: well-lit workplace, also for use at home

Registration fee: 100€ (non-refundable)

Seminar fee:
The fee is due in monthly installments on the 22nd of the previous month.

  • Distance learning class: monthly rate (48x): 125€
    • Total fee: 6000€
  • on-site class Medebach: monthly rate (48x): 185€.
    • Total fee: 8880€

Included in the fees:

  • documentation
  • Supervision on the seminar days
  • Email support while working at home
  • certificates
  • certificate

Material costs per semester around €300

All fees include VAT.
Please note: the specified materials must be used for a certificate; the choice of color is up to you.