Master Needle Artisan
Basic knowledge- Techniques-Design

Pulled- and Drawn Thread Work, needle weaving (detail) - courtesy of © Valeria (RU)

highly professional - intensive - a lot of fun!

Needlework is a particularly diverse art form. The mastery of many techniques and knowledge of the processing of various materials, as they are taught in this distance learning course, form the basis for your free artistic development. You don't need a counting pattern or a fill-in-the-surface-by-numbers guide. Inspiration is the only spark! This can be a photo, a painting, a drawing or simply our imagination. At the same time, our tutorial is also an indulgence in the colors and textures of the many materials our market offers today. And at the end you can say:

This is my work of art
Created from A-Z with my hands
It's the greatest feeling in the world!

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

The seminar is suitable for: Beginners, re-starters, Sunday stitchers, needlework maniacs and all those who can't keep their hands off needle and thread and give themselves a treat every day. So, foreveryone who likes to work with needle and thread, who is as fascinated by the whole range of hand stitching as we are and who is or would like to become part of the big worldwide family of happy stitchers. You don't need any more prerequisites.

Use it to create practice pieces, as preparation for developing your own courses, to create a pattern book, as preparation for a course at university or the practical part of the journeyman's examination for the profession of Designing CraftsWoMan subject hand stitching. Or:

just do it for yourselves! 

  • Year 1 - Working on Even-Weave Fabrics

    • Canvas
      • Decorative stitches: straight, diagonal, crossed, braided stitches
      • Combinations
      • experimental work
      • Samplers
      • Project
    • Counted Thread Work
      • Cross stitch(es), braided stitches
      • Assisi, Colbert, Blackwork
      • Pulled Thread, Drawn Thread 
      • Samplers
      • Project
  • Year 2 - Working on Plain-Weave Fabrics

    • Surface Embroidery
      • Line stitches, braided stitches, single stitches
      • Tape stitches, surface stitches
      • experimental work
      • Samplers
      • Project
    • Techniques of Whitework
      • paddings
      • decorative stitches
      • eyelets
      • Cutwork
      • Samplers
      • Project
  • Year 3 - Some more working on Plain-Weave Fabrics 

    • Metal/beadwork techniques
      • paddings
      • couching
      • chipwork
      • experimental works
      • Samplers
    • Stumpwork / Ribbon Work
      • Leaves, flowers
      • needlepoint lace
      • free forms
      • experimental works
      • Samplers
    • Project
  • Year 4

    • Shading
      • Canvas
      • plain-weave
      • Blackwork
    • Thesis
      • own design to a given theme

Rule runtime: 4 x 52 weeks (208 weeks)

Completion/Duration of support: 4.5 years

average working time required per week: 12 - 15 hours

Start Date: 1st Monday of the month
After registration we need about 4 weeks lead time in DE/EU, internationally 6 weeks. In this time frame we will send you the invoice, your personal schedule and the list with the required materials by email. You can order these via the Painters-Shop. 

Dispatch of the seminar documents:

  • Basic knowledge
  • 1 lesson in folder (8x)


Shipping within DE/EU: by GLS
Shipping worldwide: by DHL

Language of documentation optionally German or English

Tutoring: by 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.
A regular weekly feedback is preferred, on request you will receive a report template for this. You can also use this as proof of activity for the registration for the external examination at the Chamber of Crafts.

Termination Options:

  • 6 weeks at the end of year 1
  • thereafter 6 weeks at the end of a semester

needlework frame:

  • 45cm Easy Frame (2x)
  • 60cm professional slat frame

Source of supply in Germany: Hof Erdenlicht / Tobias Dübler
Detailed instructions for working with the slat frame are included in the documentation.

needlework scissors narrow tipped

Image result for embroidery scissors

Other: well-lit workplace

All fees include the statutory value added tax.

Registration Fee:  100€ (non-refundable)

Seminar fee:
The fee is payable in monthly instalments.

  • Installment (48x):  125€
    • Total fee: 6000€

Material costs per lesson (8 lessons):  
ca. 300 € + material for the final project

Please note: to qualify for the certificate you have to work with the set materials, the choice of colours is up to you.

Project examples
with kind permission of our students