Online Class

Embroidering Texture & Dimension by Hand

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Online Class




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Get creative with textured stitches that complement embroidery, appliqué, and more!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including free patterns and templates
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Sue Spargo
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Join embroidery expert Sue Spargo and layer, stitch and embellish your way to textural works of art! Select complementary fabric, ribbon and trim to create lovely, layered appliqués that serve as a base for your embroidery. Discover array of edging stitches for vibrant, velvety texture, and dive into decorative stitches and their intricate variations. Then, master dimensional wrapped stitches with Sue’'s expert tips. Enhance your embroidery with “wow-factor” woven stitches and bring exquisite energy to your stitching with beautiful beading techniques. Practice these dazzling designs on Sue's exclusive butterfly sampler or add them to your own creative stitching!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Foundation Layers
Meet your instructor, acclaimed quilting artist Sue Spargo, whose colorful and energetic folk quilts will inspire you to embroider in a whole new way! Kick off the class with an exploration of fabric color and texture pairings before learning how to layer your appliqué shapes to create a wonderful base for your embroidered stitches.
2. Smooth Edging Stitches
3. Decorative Edging Stitches
4. Dimensional Stitches
5. Woven Stitches
6. Beaded Stitches
7. Finishing Touches

Taught by

Sue Spargo
Sue Spargo
Teacher and author Sue Spargo is celebrated for her exuberant embroidery, inspired by the exuberance of traditional African designs. She has authored several books, including Creative Stitching, and her work has been exhibited in the La Conner (Washington) Quilt and Textile Museum. Sue regularly teaches two quilting circles in her hometown and pursues her passion for embroidery by leading embellishment and design workshops around the world — and here on Craftsy!

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