design it, stitch it hand embroidery class giveaway from craftsy
I love stitching. If you have never done embroidery before, you should start. If you've been doing embroidery for a while now, you should continue. And either way, it's safe to say that you'll never reach the end, because there is just so much you can learn and do with this skill. Even with only a handful of stitches you can create complex works of art, so imagine all you could do if you learned nearly 30 stitches!
Think that sounds overwhelming? It could be, but I've just been watching Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino as she teaches 29 embroidery stitches, plus all of the basics of transfer, hooping, starting and stopping, and more. And she makes it easy. Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery is an online class from Craftsy, and like all of their classes, it's high-quality, and highly educational.
If I'm being totally honest, I thought that I would pretty much know all that this class would be teaching, but I was happily surprised to learn some really great new things. So don't think that this is only a class for beginners. I would classify it a being perfect for beginner–intermediate level stitchers. Even simple tips for things like separating floss were so helpful to me!
Jessica walks you through every stitch you could possibly need for everyday embroidery, and she explains them really well. You're up close and personal for these lessons, and if you happen to miss anything, you can easily replay what you need to see. There were a few stitches in the lessons that I've never done, or haven't done in a while, and watching the video a few times really helped me be clear about where the thread should go, how to place the needle, and so on.
For each type of embroidery stitch, Jessica shows samples that she's made using some of the stitches. They're great inspiration, especially if you usually stick to just a handful of stitches! As you make your way through learning all of the stitches, you can make a sampler mini quilt too. A PDF with instructions and all of the patterns is included with the class.
And don't forget, Craftsy classes are yours forever. That's perfect for when you've not used a stitch for a while and need a refresher!
One of the sections that I loved the most was on embroidering on knits. It can be quite a task to get nice stitching on stretchy fabrics, but Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery makes it far less daunting. Not only that, but you'll learn how to get pretty stitches without scratchy stabilizer inside your tee!
The "Design It" part of the class really shows up in the last lesson, as Jessica tells about how you can create your own patterns using photos and other things as a starting point. I love that mint plant she stitched!
And now for something completely lovely. Craftsy is generously giving away a free registration for one lucky winner! If you already have a Craftsy account, all you have to do is click to visit their site, then sign in. (If you don't have an account yet, get one! It's fast and easy.)
What are you waiting for? Go enter to win a free registration for Design It, Stitch It Hand Embroidery! A winner will be randomly selected in one week.
This post was sponsored by Craftsy, but the words and thoughts are all mine.