Hand Embroidery

With this comprehensive beginner's class, expert Kat McTee walks you through the basics you need to start embroidering with confidence.
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Hand Embroidery is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ebroidery. Embroidery. I have been doing for several years already but still picked up some good tips. Lessons were concise and to the point as well as well explained.
Date published: 2021-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "I know you will keep doing embroidery forever." she knows nothing about me! how can she know if I will or not!?
Date published: 2021-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Starting Instruction If you are interested in hand embroidery this is a very nice introduction. Ms. McTee is clear with her instructions. She covers what you will need, different fabrics, threads, and notions that are helpful. She covers quite a few stitches, showing examples on a test piece then applying them to the pattern she is using. The videos are a nice length to sit and watch and then practice. The PDF of the course has several patterns/motifs and useful information. Thank you for this class.
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative I recently purchased this course because I wanted to start a embroidery project that I have had for awhile. It really helped me get started with basic embroidery knowledge!
Date published: 2020-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful teacher! I’m really enjoying this course. I used to do quite a bit of embroidery years ago, so I’m not really starting at zero, but it’s so much fun learning to do it again. The reason it’s so much fun is this instructor. She’s not only a brilliant textile artist, but also a warm, funny person who clearly wants everyone to enjoy doing embroidery. The class is well-structured and easy to follow, with the course broken up into categories that make it simple to jump in at any point. I’m delighted that I bought this course!
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from compleat and informative I taught myself to embroider as a teenager and I have been embroidering for years. I bought this course to see if I was embroidering right and if I could gleam any new tips. I loved the way the course was presented and organized. I have learned things I did not know and some techniques that have improved my mastery of embroidery. (French knots in particular)
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm learning a lot Very easy to follow and very informative and the teacher know her stuff
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great idea for a course! Gave to a friend who wanted more face time in a recent one-off embroidery class, and she was delighted to have the opportunity to watch these sessions and pause, rewind, etc. Perfect gift!
Date published: 2018-04-18
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Overview

Love working with your hands? Give embroidery a try! In this comprehensive beginner's class, expert Kat McTee walks you through the basics from choosing fabrics and floss to hooping up and crafting 19 beautiful stitches. Learn to create a gorgeous sampler as you master a range of key techniques, including how to work with letters, numbers and finished garments, finish flat embroidery and more.

About

Kat McTee
Kat McTee

Embroidery is really like painting with thread. It’s incredibly creative and pairs well with all of your other crafts.

Lifelong artist and maker, Kat McTee resides in Austin, Texas. She teaches embroidery, surface design, silkscreening and color theory to students at the Austin Museum of Art School, Dougherty Art Center, Studio 1408 and The Stitch Lab. Her textile work has been exhibited at the Houston International Quilt Show, Minnesota State Quilt Forum, Rockport Center for the Arts, and Textures Gallery in San Antonio. Kat is a graduate of the Surface Design program at the Southwest School of Art & Craft.

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Hand Embroidery

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What You Need: Fabrics, Floss, Needles & Hoops

01: What You Need: Fabrics, Floss, Needles & Hoops

Discover why hand embroidery is a terrific budget-friendly craft for all ages as Kat helps you assemble the best beginner-friendly supplies, including fabric, floss, needles and hoops.

17 min
Method: Transferring Designs

02: Method: Transferring Designs

Learn two easy ways to quickly transfer an embroidery design to fabric, then explore some additional methods to add to your embroidery toolkit.

9 min
Method: Hoop Up & Get Started Stitching

03: Method: Hoop Up & Get Started Stitching

Find out how to separate stranded floss, thread your needle, and hoop up your fabric. You'll start stitching with the running stitch, the most basic, yet versatile stitch in embroidery.

17 min
Learn & Practice: Straight & Outline Stitches

04: Learn & Practice: Straight & Outline Stitches

Here, Kat introduces stitch families. Find out how to use them in the class sampler as she demonstrates five easy stitches that allow you to outline any shape and make lines or expressive marks on your embroidery.

27 min
Learn & Practice: Spot Stitches & French Knots

05: Learn & Practice: Spot Stitches & French Knots

Find out how to add all-over texture and color to your sampler, plus all of your embroidery with simple spot stitches! Then Kat demystifies the French knot, a popular stitch that'll be your new favorite with just a little practice.

28 min
Learn & Practice: Looped Stitches

06: Learn & Practice: Looped Stitches

Curvy looped stitches are so much fun to make! See how to add five of them to your sampler, one by one.

14 min
Learn & Practice: Fill Stitches

07: Learn & Practice: Fill Stitches

Complete your sampler by coloring in the shapes with fill stitches, including the seed, satin, long and short stitches. Learn how to use other stitches as fill stitches to expand your possibilities!

14 min
Method: Working With Designs

08: Method: Working With Designs

Continue your embroidery journey by exploring a world of commercial embroidery designs. Or draw your own with Kat's handy tips for creating designs and choosing stitches.

14 min
Method: Letters & Numbers

09: Method: Letters & Numbers

Have something to say to the world? Stitch it! In this lesson, learn how to work with letters and numbers, including handwritten script, in your embroidery. Kat teaches you the couching technique to add to your stitch repertoire.

6 min
Method: Finishing Options

10: Method: Finishing Options

Wondering how to finish and display your sampler and other beautiful embroidery? Kat shows you how to transform them into pillows, sachets or patches. Or hang them on the wall in a plain or embellished hoop, or mounted on a stretched artist's canvas.

25 min
Method: Floss Management

11: Method: Floss Management

By now, you may be collecting embroidery floss in all colors. Kat helps you manage all those little skeins and labels by offering suggestions for bobbins and convenient cases, then shares a handy technique for color blending.

4 min
Apply It: Embroidering Denim

12: Apply It: Embroidering Denim

Flash back to the 1970s and learn to embroider jeans, jean jackets and more! Get tips for working with denim and heavier fabrics, with or without a hoop, for tricky areas such as pockets, collars and more.

15 min
Apply It: Embroidering Knits & More Embroidery Styles to Try

13: Apply It: Embroidering Knits & More Embroidery Styles to Try

Now you're ready to stitch on T-shirts, baby clothes and other stretchy knit fabrics! Find out how to use stabilizers for professional-looking results every time.

9 min