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    About the course

    Give a second life to old or plain clothes or shoes by adding colorful motifs or drawings created by you. Jazz up your tired-looking curtains, lampshades and cushions with your embroidery designs. 

    Make a change and ditch fast fashion by making your unique pieces of clothing. It's so easy.

    This course is your invaluable guide to practicing one of the most versatile and sustainable crafts. No wonder embroidery is so in vogue right now. 

    Step by step, you’ll quickly and easily learn different embroidery stitches and techniques. With all the embroidery patterns in the course, you’ll be bursting with imaginative ways to reuse and upcycle old materials.  

    Create a unique look for everything you wear and everything that surrounds you. See how smocking transforms your clothes, lampshades, pillows and curtains. Discover the joys of beadwork to add sparkle to your wardrobe. 

    Start exploring your creativity through embroidery now.

    What you will learn

    • How to bring new life to old items

    • New stitches and techniques like smocking and beadwork

    • How to transform existing items into unique objects of beauty

    • How to decorate clothes, shoes and bags

    • How to put monograms and lettering on things


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Introduction
    • 1.1 Introduction to embroidery
    • 1.2 Hand embroidery
    • 1.3 Tools and materials
    • 1.4 Care of embroidery
    Module 2: Creating Designs
    • 2.1 Working with a frame
    • 2.2 Creating a design
    • 2.3 Transferring a design
    Module 3: Types Of Stitches
    • 3.1 Flat stitches
    • 3.2 Crossed stitches
    • 3.3 Looped stitches
    • 3.4 Knotted stitches
    • 3.5 Project: Basket labels
    • 3.6 Project: Cross stitch serving mat
    • 3.7 Project: Recipe book cover
    Module 4: Fantastically Simple Techniques For Hand Embroidery
    • 4.1 Monograms and lettering
    • 4.2 Project: Monogrammed pocket
    • 4.3 Couching
    • 4.4 Project: Bottle bag
    • 4.5 Project: Velvet Scarf
    Module 5: Advanced Hand Embroidery Techniques
    • 5.1 Drawn threadwork
    • 5.2 Pulled threadwork
    • 5.3 Project: Drawn and pulled thread tray cloth
    • 5.4 Cutwork pillow
    Module 6: Fun With Hand Embroidery Techniques
    • 6.1 Smocking
    • 6.2 Project: Smocked bangle bag
    • 6.3 Project: Smocked tube top
    Module 7: Beautiful Beaded Hand Embroidery
    • 7.1 Beadwork
    • 7.2 Project: Beaded evening wrap project
    • 7.3 Project: Beaded beach bag
    • 7.4 Project: Beaded espadrilles
    Module 8: Simple Machine Embroidery For The Beginner
    • 8.1 Introduction to machine embroidery
    • 8.2 Machines and equipment
    • 8.3 Machine stitches
    • 8.4 Designing for a machine
    • 8.5 Border motifs
    • 8.6 Project: Bordered hand towel
    • 8.7 Project: Ribbon bordered skirt
    Module 9: Advanced Machine Embroidery Techniques
    • 9.1 Freestyle machine embroidery
    • 9.2 Machine embroidered fabrics
    • 9.3 Project: Tote with picture pocket
    • 9.4 Project: Corsage
    • 9.5 Project: Ruffled scarf
    • 9.6 Project: Trinket box
    • 9.7 Project: Baby coverlet


    Who is this course for

    • Everyone. Imagine the joy of creating something artistic with your own two hands

    • Anyone who wants a more sustainable lifestyle can learn embroidery to reuse and recycle old clothes, furniture and furnishings

    • Anyone seeking a mindful hobby which is both artistic and practical

    • Artists and designers can make works of art using needle and thread  

    • Anyone who wants to make extra income by selling beautiful handmade gifts

    • The art of stitching is super for relieving stress, depression or anxiety as you got lost in creating your embroidery  

    • Clothes designers and shoemakers can add motifs and designs to their products

    How will it help me

    Learn to switch off, relax and stay creative while making new clothes and home furnishings. See curtains, cushions and any pieces of material as blank canvases to add your unique embroidery design.


    Certification details

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee. 

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). They will also earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE).