Inspired to Create 


Foundations of Machine Stitch & Design


Course Details 

  • Course Code – ME1
  • Course length – 40 -50 hours
  • Course Method – Online, with lessons showing detailed colour rich images which you can return to as many times as you want, whenever you want – all online
  • Course Lesson– To help you get started, the course information, set-up sections and templates of each course are downloadable and can be printed
  • Course Materials – Online programme, checklists, templates to use, videos to watch
  • Embroidery Materials – you purchase your own embroidery threads and fabrics
  • Embroidery Equipment – You need to have a sewing machine
  • Course payable online via secure credit card.
  • Course cost – £495
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This course is for beginner designers.

  • Want to create your own design

    Are you looking to create your own pieces to reflect yourself, but are not sure where to start?

  • Want to combine design and Embroidery

    This is what textile artists do all the time – they have discovered how to use a design process and combine it with their skills and embroidery techniques in order to create their own unique work

  • Discover those critical design elements which bring your ideas to life

    Learn which stitches or techniques can reflect and enhance your creative design

  • Use checklists, templates and reflective questions to stay on track

    These checklists and templates are designed to help you think about your design differently – but easily. In this way we help to ease your design journey as well as boost your confidence.

  • You are not alone - our team of coaches are on hand to help you every step of the way

    You are able to choose which support you would prefer. Our coaching packages are available at any time during your course.

  • You are not alone - our Community Room enables you to connect and talk to other members

    As a course student you are automatically eligible to connect with other students in our Community Room.

  • Explore Colour, Line and Texture for design development

    Experiment with design theory associated with colour, line and texture, by following the practical exercises to kick-start your ideas for embroidery

  • Explore a range of Machine Stitch Techniques to inform your design

    Explore a range of embroidery-based techniques to develop your skills as you work through the sessions

  • Create a sample file which you can use to inform your creativity for years to come

    Creativity is dynamic and is based on your views, experiences and aspirations. Use your insights gained on this course to grow your creativity into the future.

  • Explore which tools, equipment, materials and processes bring your design to life

    Just as your design is a unique combination of your views, your senses and your creativity – so it needs to be supported with the most appropriate combinations of tools, equipment, and materials.

  • Produce your first unique piece of embroidery

    Discover how to share your creative message in your way, using stitches, fabrics and your own abilities.


  • How to use the rotary cutter

    Learn how to safely cut fabric accurately using a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat

  • Discover the tricks to cut fabric on the bias

    Cutting fabric on the true bias -is the key to making your own bias binding

  • A 2 part series on how to apply colour using bondaweb

    Bondaweb is a medium used to apply colour to fabric -learn how to get the fabric you want in the colour you intend.

  • 1 year Guild Membership for non members

    The Embroiderers’ Guild is home to all things embroidery, stitch and textile art. We have a range of member activities, projects and discounts available for members. We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Current Guild members are eligible for a discount

    Please access your discount voucher in the NEW Member Room, after you have signed in.

  • You may have a Discount voucher from Aurifil

    Aurifil will give you a voucher number to use to access your discount