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Hand Embroidery

With this comprehensive beginner's class, expert Kat McTee walks you through the basics you need to start embroidering with confidence.
Hand Embroidery is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 22.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the instructor; problems with materials The instructor is great and the production value of this course is professional and well done, making the course easy to follow. The frustration I have is that the pattern for the sampler is flawed and unusable, about 1/2 the size of the sampler the instructor is working on, so its impossible to follow along with the instructor in practicing the stiches. I called The Great Courses and am hoping they can send me a correct pattern soon. The Great Courses service rep was polite, but could not give me a specific time frame when that correction could be made. I would hesitatingly recommend the product because in a pinch one could always freehand the sampler in order to get started - the instructor is really very good. But when you pay for a course you'd just like everything to be right the first time. If the course materials were correct, I would have given this 5 stars.
Date published: 2024-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very instructive! I enjoyed this instructor's style. She taught the stitches very clearly. I am very pleased with how my project turned out. I agree with some of the other reviews that the printable class material was small and the pattern disjointed. I just copied the individual motifs and enlarged them so I could transfer them to my material. I would suggest making the booklet a standard letter size with the pattern whole, and also in the size it should be. Also, it wasn't clear that we should be using full 6-stranded floss for the project. I used all 3-stranded and it turned out great. All-in-all the instructor did a fabulous job!
Date published: 2023-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unusable I just sent a message to your customer service about this course. The pattern they provide for you to download is too small for the project stitched in the course. I cannot continue the course without the pattern. On your “review “ section under question and answer you told a customer to email you for the correct size pattern. I did that with my email the other day and have not heard back. Please email it to me.
Date published: 2022-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Concise, interesting and thorough course! I am an artist who loves working any kind of art or craft by hand. I knew a few of the basic stitches, but this course goes through many simple and more complicated stitches with ease. I love the instructor's way of teaching- she is clear, concise and has lots of advice on how to get the best results. She is interesting and you will move through this course with ease!
Date published: 2022-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Beginners Introduction Course I am a beginner and this course was exactly what I was looking for. It is easy to understand, the instructions and close ups are very clear, excellent tips about the tools required and how to get creating on your own. The teaching style was just right for me as well. I've started doing my own embroidery and it's a lot of fun now that I know enough to get experimenting and practising. I was looking for a professional course and really wanted to avoid YouTube, so I was delighted to find it included in my Wondrium subscription. Unlike some of the more critical reviewers, I'm not bothered about the patterns referred to in the videos, it's easy to recreate yourself or to just make your own design, which I prefer anyway.
Date published: 2022-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful! I haven’t yet completed the course. I am returning to embroidery after decades away. The instructions are clear and step-by-step. Within the first few lessons I have learned helpful new techniques and been reminded of long forgotten ones. I’m pleased with it, so far!
Date published: 2022-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed probably wouldn’t recommend ! Before purchasing this course I did read the reviews on the course noting especially the problems people had with downloading/resizing the sampler. People had even approached ‘Craftsy’ for help without success. However I decided to purchase the course anyway. I too had difficulty downloading/resizing the sampler. I managed to a degree but instead of it being round/circle it was more of a rectangle. The presenter/tutor (Kat McKee) is knowledgeable and presents well. But is this a ‘Great Courses’ course or it is a procured ‘Craftsy’ course. I have to say giving this review of a one star is being very generous. You need to ‘own’ this course and greatly improve course sampler. Not the usual standard I expect from Great Courses and surely any problems people have had should be addressed by Great Courses (not Craftsy). I actually took time to look at Craftsy as a company and feedback about them left a lot to be desired. I hope this review is duly noted and this isn’t a ‘form filling exercise ).
Date published: 2021-12-27
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
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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.


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
Hand Embroidery


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