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with Natalie Chanin & The School of Making
Online Class

The New Embroidery: Simple Geometry, Beautiful Stitches

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h18m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started & The Grid System

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

2. Square & Diamond Grids

Start with a simple straight stitch as you learn to use the square and diamond stitching grids included in the class materials. Then move on to more complex stitches using multiple row grids. Natalie even shows you how to make shapes using fill stitches.

3. Rectangle Grids

3. Rectangle Grids

Rectangle grids are essentially compacted square grids. In this lesson, Natalie walks you through three stitches: the herringbone, coral, and snail trail. You'll see how easy it is to manipulate your grids by making simple adjustments, opening up even more possibilities.