Master Needle Worker
Techniques and Design

Expert - Canvaswork (detail) - courtesy of © Anna (DE)

Basics - Advanced - Expert

Learn how to stitch with diversity

Step by step you will be guided into the fascination of needlework. Each module of the Master Needle Worker distance learning course has 6 lessons in which a given motif and/or a sampler is worked. The whole course is crowned by a final project on a given theme. Fascination of the techniques, materials and colors with which you create your project with needle and thread as colorful and vivid as a painter with a brush.

In addition to the needlework technique there is a bit of theory, e.g. how the choice of working material affects the work, which needle is used for which material and why, which other tools are useful in hand stitching and how you can best set up your workstation.

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! 

  • Module I - Basics

    We start with 5 different stitches or sub-techniques per lesson. This forms the introduction to the world of the art of hand stitching. We work in all 6 lessons with the same motif, which is always adapted to the technique. It is a traditional motif from past high times of needlework. This makes it easier to break away from our somehow innate conviction that you have to realistically implement every pattern.

    • Basic Techniques
      • Canvaswork
      • Surface Embroidery
      • Metal/beadwork techniques
      • Whitework
      • Blackwork
      • appliqué

  • Module II - Advanced

    It continues with more stitches, more techniques and the first combinations and variations. In each lesson we will work a classic sampler and additionally a small design for which we will give you 3 templates to choose from. The planning for the execution will be created by you following certain guidelines and then of course also stitched...

    • new techniques in module II
      • the third dimension
      • embroidered lace
      • Blackwork Shading


  • Module III - Expert

    Now it's almost done! In the last module you will learn more stitches and more techniques. Many things are combined with each other, it is experimented and varied in a modern way. The result will be 6 somewhat unconventional samplers in the form of our popular flower shell.

    • new techniques in this module
      • even more embroidered lace
      • Shading
  • Final project

    For the final project, we will give you a topic from which you will create a project of your choice under certain guidelines.

    • Examples
      • clothes
      • hand sewn bag or box
      • picture
      • wall hanging
      • etc!

Rule runtime :

  • Module I / Basics: 12 months (6 x 2 months)
  • Module II / Advanced: 18 months (6 x 3 months)
  • Module III / Expert: 36 months (6 x 6 months)
  • Final project: 6 months

Completion/Duration of support: 6.5 years

average working time required per week: 12 hours

Start Date: 1st Monday of the month
After registration we need about 4 weeks lead time in DE/EU, internationally 6 weeks.

Dispatch of the seminar documents

  • Basic knowledge
  • 1 lesson each in folder (18x)
  • Documents for the final project (1x)


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

Language of documentation German or English

Tutoringby e-mail

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.
Regular weekly feedback is preferred so that we can "intervene" quickly

Termination Options:

  • 6 weeks at the end of module 1
  • then 6 weeks at the end of a lesson

needlework frame:

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

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

needlework scissors with narrow tip Example:
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 (72x):  96€
    • Total fee: 6912€

Material costs per lesson (18 lessons):  ca. 150 € + 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