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What you can Learn from these Courses 


With no prior knowledge needed, these courses encourage you to explore themes, materials, techniques and processes within the wide spectrum of textile design.

As you are led through the practical exercises, you will be encouraged to explore a range of design elements and principles, linked directly to a variety of textile techniques in response.

Develop personal skills and confidence through creative experimentation and sampling as you delve deeper into the world of stitch and design, taking a step closer to becoming an independent embroidery artist.


  • Design principles

    Design is a mixture of creativity and process – learn how experienced textile artists combine these two skills

  • Extend your Stitch and Techniques

    Choosing the right stitch and tecknique to use enhances or reduces your piece and might just distort your message

  • Textile Processes

    Learning which textile process enhances your presentation and deepens your meaning

  • Presenting your work

    Presentation is what makes the difference between an awesome piece and an OK piece

  • Developing your creativity

    Discover ways to enhance your creativity, see new opportunities and develop deeper insights into your own creative processes

  • Reflecting on your journey as a designer

    Reflect and learn from your journey. Use your insights to get better increase your knowledge and skills whilst developing a deeper understanding of your own creative processes

What makes our Textile Design Courses Unique?

Want to learn more 

  • We save you time and money
  • Learn at your own pace and convenience
  • Develop and grow as you progress

Experience new techniques and media


  • Learn machine and hand techniques
  • Have fun learning a wider range of techniques
  • Create unique designs from a variety of sources
  • Further develop your analytical skills
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Social community and personal feedback

  • Become a member of a much wider learning community
  • Inspire, and be inspired, by others
  • Recognize your personal achievements

Recognise your personal development

  • Broaden your personal knowledge and skills
  • Grow your confidence and creative abilities
  • Become creatively independent

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Which Textile Technique do you want to focus on?

Decide which course is best for you...


Introduction to Stitch & Design


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Is Introduction to Stitch & Design course the right one for you? 
Typically, you will be…

  • A novice stitcher, or a complete beginner.
  • Wanting to try a formal course to discover stitch and design principles.
  • Wanting to try a formal course to discover stitch and design principles.

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Foundations of Stitch and Design 


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Is  Foundations of Stitch & Design course the right one for you? Typically, you will be…
  • A novice stitcher, or a complete beginner.
  • Ready to learn a range of embroidery techniques and stitches.
  • Eager to learn about how to design unique artwork for embroidery.
  • Keen to learn the basics of Line, Colour and Texture and how you might interpret them.
  • Want to find new avenues for your enjoyment of stitch.

Learn More about Hand Embroidery Foundation Course

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Exploring Opportunities in Stitch & Design


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Is Exploring  Opportunities course the right one for you?

Typically, you will be…

  • A competent stitcher, aware of some basic design principles and elements and ready to widen your repertoire or reaffirm your understanding.
  • Needing to learn more about how to interpret the world around you through stitch.
  • Ready to be design-led in your approach to stitching.
  • Keen to learn much more about Line, Colour, Form, Shape and Texture to develop personal responses.
  • Wanting to become a more accomplished stitcher.

Learn More about Exploring Hand Embroidery Opportunities

Learn More about Exploring Machine Embroidery Opportunities

Extending Creative Horizons 


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Is Extending Creative Horizons course the right one for you?

Typically, you will be…

  • A confident stitcher who practises a range of embroidery skills and textile techniques.
  • Wanting to incorporate more complex, textile-related skills and techniques as vehicles for extending your design capability.
  • Able to use a simple design source to reproduce a design idea in a basic way.
  • Eager to develop and refine a range of personal visual responses to help you interpret the manufactured world around you, using a variety of techniques.
  • Seeking to combine Line, Colour, Form (3D), Shape and Texture in your designs.
  • Ready to adopt an experimental approach to your work.

Learn More about Extending Hand Embroidery

Learn More about Extending Machine Embroidery

Choose your level of Support

We know different people need differing levels of support - often at different times when they are learning new skills and techniques.

This is why we offer you different forms of support.

Self Study

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  • Self Study is the foundation of all courses.
  • Study on your own time
  • Study at your own pace
  • The manuals are clearly laid out, easy to read and full of pictures detailing each step you need to take in each session.
  • The Templates found in the Template manual are easy to use, clear to follow and give you solid guidelines on how to work with the elements of design.
  • The videos and bonus reels add value to your knowledge by sharing the tips and shortcuts designers use to create unique fabrics and designs.
  • There are tracking sheets to help you stay on process and checklists to help you stay on track.
  • Join your fellow course students in the community Room. It is here that you can share your questions, your challenges, your successes and talk about all things design and embroidery.

Join our Stitch & Design Community 

Not everyone is comfortable with working through courses on their own.  This is why we have a Community Room where students and members can talk about design, about stitches and about techniques amongst themselves.

Needing more support,  or different personal support?


Coaching Support

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  • Coaching is in addition to self study. All the courses can be completed successfully by studying and working through the sessions on your own.
  • You may wish to connect with one of the Guild’s experienced stitch and design Coaches.
  • Your Coach is available online via email and comments session from within the community room online.
  • You may buy coaching at any time in your course – at the beginning, should you have a problem, half way through or even as you start to work on your final design.
  • You may buy coaching in hourly packages – ie 2 hours, 4 hours or 8 hours. Our most popular package is 4 hours.
  • You will be able to share your ideas, your design structure, your plans, and photos of your stitches with your coach – in fact share what you need, to get the support you require.

 Certification, Assessment 

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  • We have students complete our courses for many reasons
  • Some students want to have a Certificate at the the end of their course. You may have a certificate of completion when you have completed the course you are studying.
  • Some students want to have a Assessment at the the end of their course.

Our Participants say…

Free to Explore.

I had no real understanding of colour, shades and tones and had never experimented with paint and mixing before the course. In fact the experimental work was an eye opener. At first I thought what has all this to do with fabric and threads but I soon got into it and got a lot from it. I enjoyed the freedom of trying things out without any pressure.

Joanne M, UK

Certainly Suits Me.

I have really enjoyed every aspect of my online course. It suits my way of learning. The course notes are very clear and concise and organised so well. The checklist for work completed is a great help to show what you have done and what comes next. The instructions for the stitches are easy to follow and each session is a complete package in itself
Janet G, USA


  • Checklists are so useful and easy to use
  • Can follow and work at my own speed
  • Really appreciated the feedback and support from the mentors and fellow participants
  • Introduced me to elements of design I did not think I could ever master
  • Being part of a learning community was such a pleasure and so helpful.

    Unsure? Try our Introduction Course…

    Introducing hand embroidery stitch and design

    Introduction to Hand Stitch & Design. this short course has been specifically designed for you if

    • you are unsure about your inner designer
    • you want to give  being creative without a pattern or template a go
    • you want to to discover how to  connect different stitches with different designs
    • you want to show yourself you can learn online

    If this is you then  find out more about  our Introduction to Hand  Stitch and Design below


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    Introducing machine stitch & design

    Introduction to Machine Stitch & Design. this short course has been specifically designed for you if

    • you are unsure about your inner designer
    • you want to give  being creative without a pattern or template a go
    • you want to to discover how to  better use your  sewing machine to create creative masterpieces
    • You usually do  hand embroidery and want to try machine embroidery
    • you want to show yourself you can learn online

    If this is you then  find out more about  our Introduction to Machine Stitch and Design below

    Discover more about Introduction to Machine Stitch & Design