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with Celeste Chalasani
Online Class

Stumpwork: Raised Embroidery Essentials

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Bring your designs to life with modern stumpwork embroidery techniques. Let expert needlework instructor Celeste Chalasani be your guide as you learn how to add texture and dimensionality to your work. Begin by setting up your nature-inspired class project, preparing your hoop, planning the stitching order and creating outlines. Then, start adding dimension to a flower and bee design with whipped reverse chain stitch and Turkey work. To achieve a raised effect, you'll build layers of stitching and felt padding underneath your embroidery. Next, incorporate wire slips — three-dimensional elements such as petals and wings. You'll learn how to fill the slips in with stitching and apply them to your design. Plus, make your work shine from all angles with Celeste's methods for stitching on sheer fabric. Then, complete your lovely project with classic finishing touches.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h52m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to Stumpwork

1. Introduction to Stumpwork

Meet Celeste Chalasani and learn about the history of raised embroidery, then choose backing and background fabrics for the class project. You'll transfer the design from the included template and learn how to prepare your hoop or frame. Choose your threads and you're ready to go!

2. Dimensional Stitches

2. Dimensional Stitches

Stumpwork requires careful planning of stitching order, from flat background needlework to dimensional and padded stitches to the wired slips that add a dramatic pop. Celeste guides you through the whipped reverse chain stitch for flower stems and the fun and fuzzy Turkey work for a bumblebee body.

3. Padding With Stitches

3. Padding With Stitches

Begin creating dimensional padding by filling in a poppy leaf outline with running stitches, then covering them with a dense satin stitch. For thicker stems such as on sunflowers, Celeste shows how to lay down straight stitches, cross them with bars, then embroider with stem stitches.

Recommended with this class

  • Wire: 28-gauge unwrapped, 32-gauge wrapped, or 33-gauge wrapped wire Tweezers
  • Background fabric such as silk shantung
  • Sheer fabric such as polyester organza
  • Felt for padding