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The New Embroidery: Simple Geometry, Beautiful Stitches

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Discover the joys of hand embroidery alongside slow fashion pioneer Natalie Chanin.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, stitch diagrams, instructions for making a beading glove and a guide to best practices for sewing
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Natalie Chanin

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Designer Natalie Chanin, founder of Alabama Chanin and author of “The Geometry of Hand-Sewing” (Abrams, 2017), shares her ingenious method for achieving even, consistent stitching every time. Using Natalie’s signature grid system, learn to embroider a wide range of stitches from the most basic to complex. Then, practice your stitches on two projects: a stitch-sampler scarf and a stitch sample reference binder that you can refer back to as your embroidery journey continues.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started & The Grid System
Begin class with Natalie's review of stitching basics as well as the tools and supplies you'll need to get started. Discover how her signature grid system will help you make beautiful stitches, even if you're a beginner!
2. Square & Diamond Grids
3. Rectangle Grids
4. Double Triangle & Isolated Grids
5. Decorative Effects
6. Projects & Design Inspiration

Taught by

Natalie Chanin
Natalie Chanin
Based in Florence, Alabama, Natalie "Alabama" Chanin is the founder and creative director of the popular lifestyle company Alabama Chanin and The School of Making, its educational counterpart. Natalie strives for complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process. In 2013, she won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award that celebrates great American designers working in sustainable fashion. Natalie has a degree in Environmental Design with a focus on industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University.

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