Master Needleworker
Hand Stitching
Techniques and Design

Expert – Canvaswork (detail) – courtesy of © Anna (EN)

Basics - Advanced - Expert

Learning to Stitch With Versatility

Step by step, you will discover the fascination of hand embroidery. Each module of

Master Needleworker distance learning course

has 6 lessons in which a given motif and/or a sampler is worked. The whole thing is crowned by a final project on a given topic. Fascination of the techniques, materials and colors with which you can design your embroidery with needle and thread just as colorfully and three-dimensionally as a painter with a brush.

There is still a bit of theory on stitching technique, e.g. how the choice of embroidery material affects the work, which needle is used for which material and why, which other tools are useful in hand embroidery and how best to set up your workplace.


Beautiful sampler from the Advanced Module – Theme: The third dimension – © Patrice (DE)

The Master Needle Worker seminar is suitable for: Beginners, returnees, 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 fFor 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:

or just do it for yourself! 

  • Module I – Basics

    We start with 5 different stitches or sub-techniques per lesson. This forms the entry into the world of the art of hand embroidery. In all 6 lessons we work with the same motif, which is always adapted to the technique. It is a traditional motif from past heydays of embroidery. This makes it easier to let go of the somehow innate belief that you have to be realistic about every template.

    • basic techniques
      • Canvaswork
      • Surface Embroidery
      • Metal/Beadwork
      • Whitework
      • Blackwork
      • Appliqué

  • Module II – Advanced

    It continues with even more stitches, more techniques and the first combinations and variations. In each lesson, a classic sampler is worked, as well as a small design, for which we give you 3 templates to choose from. The planning for the execution is created by you in compliance with certain specifications and then of course also stitched…

    • new techniques in Module II
      • the third dimension
      • embroidered lace
      • shaded blackwork

  • Module III – Expert

    Now it’s almost done! In the last module you will learn more stitches and other techniques. A lot is combined with each other, experiments are carried out and varied in a modern way. The result is 6 somewhat unconventional samplers in the shape of our popular flower shell.

    • new techniques in this module
      • even more embroidered laces
      • shading
  • final project

    For the final project, we give you a topic from which you can create any project under certain specifications.

    • examples
      • dress
      • hand sewn bag or box
      • image
      • 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/support period: 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: via GLS
Shipping worldwide: by DHL or GLS

Language of the seminar documents: 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 high-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 to the end of a training year 

Embroidery frame:

  • 45cm easy frame
  • 60cm professional bar frame (from module 2)

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
Other: well-lit workplace

All fees include statutory VAT.

Registration fee:   100€ (non-refundable)

Seminar fee:
The fee is due in monthly installments.

  • Installment payment (72x):   96€
    • Total fee:   6912€

Material costs per lesson (18 lessons):   approx. 150 € + material for the final project

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

project examples
with the kind permission of our participants