Master Needle Artisan
Hand Embroidery
Basic Knowledge - Techniques - Design

Sampler canvas (detail) – courtesy of © Monika (CH))

Professional - intensive - lots of fun!

Embroidery is a particularly diverse art form. The Master Needle Artisan face-to-face course shows you everything that goes with it. Mastery of many techniques and knowledge of the processing of various materials, such as those in this

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are taught 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 course 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 artwork
Created from AZ with my hands
That's the best feeling in the world!

Face-to-Face Course Master Needle Artisan Sampler Hemstitch Silke

Hemstitch exercises from Lesson 2 – © Silke (DE)

The focus of our face-to-face Master Needle Artisan course is on learning embroidery techniques, the use of a wide variety of materials and the implementation of classic techniques in 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.
The Master Needle Artisan face-to-face course is suitable for: Beginners, returners, Sunday embroiderers, embroidery maniacs and all those who can’t keep their hands off the needle and thread and make themselves happy with it every day. So for everyone who likes to work with needle and thread, who is just as fascinated by the whole range of hand embroidery as we are and who are or would like to become part of the big world family of happy embroiderers. You don’t need any more requirements.

Use it to create practice pieces, to prepare for the development of your own courses, to create a pattern book, to prepare for a degree or the practical part of the journeyman’s examination for the profession of textile designer in the craft / embroidery department. Does not matter:

just 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), braid stitches
      • Assisi, Colbert, Blackwork
      • Drawn and Pulled Thread Work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    Year 2 – Plain Weave

    • surface embroidery
      • Line stitches, braid stitches, single stitches
      • Ribbon stitches, area 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 techniques
      • chipwork
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
    • plain weave – stumpwork/ribbon embroidery
      • leaves, flowers
      • needlepoint
      • free forms
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    year 4

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

Standard term: 4 years

Completion/support period: 4.5 years

Compulsory attendance days per semester:

  • 12 days per semester
  • additional course days can be booked

Start date:  on a studio day (see dates)

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 a textile designer in the craft / embroidery department at the Chamber of Crafts!

Average required working time in self-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 for working with the bar frame are included in the documentation.

Embroidery scissors with a narrow tip Example:
Bildergebnis für stickscheren
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.

  • monthly rate (48x): 185€
    • Total fee: 8880€

Cancellation Options

  • 12 weeks to the end of the 2nd semester
  • then 12 weeks to the end of a semester

Included in the fees:

  • documentation
  • Supervision on the seminar days
  • Email care while working at home
  • certificates
  • certificate
Material costs per semester around €300
All fees include statutory VAT.
Please note: the specified materials must be used for a certificate; the choice of color is up to you.


project examples
with the kind permission of our participants