Master Needle Artisan
Basic knowledge

Sampler- screen (detail) - with friendly permission of © Werner(DE)

Learning how to stitch at the weekend

professional - intensive - have fun!

Embroidery is a particularly diverse art form. The mastery of many techniques and knowledge of the processing of various materials, as taught in this course, form the basis for your free artistic development. You do not need a counting chart or a filling-in-area-by-number instruction. Inspiration is the only spark! It can be a photo, a painting, a drawing or simply our imagination. At the same time, our course is also a revelation in the colours and structures of the many different materials that our market offers today. And in the end you can say:

This is my work of art
Created from A-Z with my hands
This is the most beautiful feeling in the world!

The focus of our Master Needle Artisan course is on learning needlework techniques, the use of various materials and the transformation of classic techniques into modern design. Our documentation is based on detailed step-by-step instructions throughout and also provides a brief introduction to the history of the various embroidery techniques and further theoretical knowledge. In the projects, the techniques learned are combined and implemented with modern design possibilities.
The seminar is suitable for: Beginners, re-starters, Sunday stitchers, needlework manicas and all those who cannot keep their fingers off the needle and thread and who enjoy every day.So for anyone who likes to work with needle and thread, who is as fascinated by the whole range of hand embroidery as we are and who is or wants to become part of the big world family of happy needleworkers. You don't need more prerequisites.

Use it to create practice pieces, as preparation for developing your own courses, to create a sample book, as preparation for a course of study or the practical part of the journeyman's examination for the profession of Designing Crafts WoMan/subject needlework

You can choose the required 12 practice days freely from the dates of the studio days (see calendar below).

  • Year 1 - Canvas

    • Canvaswork
      • decorative stitches: straight, diagonal, crossed, plaited stitches
      • Combinations
      • experimental work
      • sampler
      • 1 project
    • counted thread embroidery
      • Cross stitch(es), braid stitches
      • Assisi, Colbert, blackwork
      • pulled- and drawn thread work 
      • 1 sampler
      • 4 projects

    Year 2 - Surface Work

    • Surface embroidery
      • Line stitches, braided stitches, single stitches
      • Band stitches, surface stitches
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project
    • Techniques of whitework
      • paddings
      • Decorative stitches
      • eyelets, cutwork
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    Year 3 - Surface Work 

    • Techniques of metal/bead embroidery
      • paddings
      • couching
      • chipwork
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
    • Surface Work - Stumpwork-Ribbonwork
      • leaves, flowers
      • needlepoint lace
      • free forms
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    Year 4

    • Shading
      • Canvas
      • Surface Fabrics
      • Blackwork
    • Final Thesis
      • own design for a given theme

Standard term: 4 years

Completion/care duration: 4.5 years

Compulsory attendance days per semester:

  • 12 days per semester
  • further course days can be booked in addition

Start date: on a studio day (see dates)

Language of the seminar documentation/instruction: optionally German or English

Tutoring for work at home: by email

You can contact us at any time, we will answer as soon as possible. The best way is to attach a photo in a good resolution (front and back) to your question, then we can help even better.

We prefer a regular weekly feedback, on request you will receive a report template. You can also use this as proof of activity for the registration for the external examination as Designing Crafts WoMan/subject needlework at the Chamber of Crafts!

average required working time in own work per week: 10-15 hours

Embroidery frame:

  • 45cm Easy Frame (2)
  • 60cm professional slat frame

Source of supply in Germany: Hof Erdenlicht / Tobias Dübler. Detailed instructions for working with the strip frame are included in the documentation.

Embroidery scissors with narrow tip Example:
Picture result für embroidery scissors
Miscellaneous: well illuminated workplace also for home use

Registration fee:  100€ (not refundable)

Seminar fee:
The fee is due in monthly instalments. 

  • Complete course: 8425€
  • monthly rate (48x): 185€

Termination options 

  • 12 weeks to the end of the 2nd semester
  • then 12 weeks to the end of a semester

Included in the fees:

  • Documentation
  • Support on the seminar days
  • E-mail support at work at home
  • Certificates
  • Certificate
Material costs per semester approx. 300€
Please note: the supervised course must be worked with the set materials, the choice of colours is up to you.

Project examples
with the kind permission of our participants

A personal matter - WE are looking for YOU

You love textile design and do not consider needlework to be a dispensable relic from great-grandmother's time. You can imagine to become an entrepeneur in this field. You know that in a small business everybody has to be able to do everything, including business knowledge, marketing, web design, computer skills and much more. You are not tied to a certain place and you like to travel. Your passion burns so strongly in you that the whole problem, which an entrepeneurship in this area brings with itself, elicits an "I want and I can do this" from you? Then click on the button. Maybe you will find here just what you have always been looking for.