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Hand Embroidery Club

This is a hands-on club where participants will explore and learn new embroidery techniques given project prompts, and engage in show & tell with other members of the stitching community.

Each session is 3 hours long (6pm - 9pm) and will begin with a lesson on a specific embroidery stitch or technique. Students will then be given a project to explore each month. The first session will be an opportunity to get settled into stitching (setting up your hoop, needle types, thread choices etc.). Each session will follow up on the previous with a show and tell on the technique learned. This allows space for constructive and supportive critique and feedback!

This club is a great place to expand hand embroidery skills, ask for advice, get support and meet other members of the stitching community. Suitable for anyone who knows how to thread an embroidery needle!

Projected Workshop Syllabus:

Month 1: Exploration in chain stitching and stem stitch (Create your own alphabet project)

Month 2: Exploration in Sashiko Stitching - Sashiko sampler

Month 3: Exploration in Reverse Applique (knit fabrics) - Botanical Applique Sampler

Month 4: Exploration in Beading and Sequins

Month 5: Exploration in tranferring images to stitch (light table, iron-on, markers/pencils, carbon paper)

Month 6: Exploration in combining Painting with Embroidery (watercolors) - Crescent Moon

Month 7: Exploration in Trapunto - Apples and Bananas

Month 8: Exploration in fill stitches (basket filling, fishbone stitch, leaf stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch) - Geometric Fill Stitch

Month 9: Exploration in Textural Embroidery - Tree Bark project

Month 10: Group Challenge or Students Choice

* projects are subject to change

This class is suited for adults (age 15+)

As of October 22, 2021 all workshop participants and East Coast Quilt Co. staff will be required to provide a valid COVID-19 Vaccination Record QR Code. These requirements are made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

All workshop participants are required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop. The entire waiver can be viewed at the bottom of our classes page. (East Coast Quilt Co. Workshop Waiver)


COVID protocol is in place: all participants must wear a mask while moving around the shop.  Masks can be removed at the individual workspaces as long as physical distancing of 6 feet can be maintained. Machines and work surfaces are sanitized before and after sessions.

If you cannot attend a class and it is 7 or more days before class, you will receive a store credit for 75% of the value of the class with a 30-day expiry date. If you cancel less than 7 days before class, you will NOT receive a refund or store credit. No credit or refund will be given for a "no show" in class regardless of reason. So please ensure that you are able to attend before signing up. East Coast Quilt Co reserves the right to cancel classes/events for any reason. If this happens, you will be refunded your full class fee.

For most of our classes we ask you to bring a 'basic sewing kit' which usually contains: rotary cutter and/or scissors, small snipping scissors, straight pins & a pin cushion or collector, seam ripper, a spool of neutral 50 wt cotton thread, extra bobbins, notebook & pen/pencil, ruler(s), etc.).

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: A basic knowledge of embroidery is beneficial but not required. Participants should be able to thread hand sewing needles and be comfortable with small and intricate stitches. Suitable for beginners and advanced stitchers alike!
Materials Included: some materials included
Requirements: Instructor will send a list of materials prior to the each session.
Instructor: Jessica McDonald
Instructor Bio: Jessica McDonald (BFA 2019) is a textile artist based here in St. John's, Newfoundland. As a lover of all things textiles, Jessica brings the traditional crafts to light through exploration and teaching. For over 5 years she has been teaching private and public workshops in sewing, stitching, and weaving. Jessica is passionate about creating community through making and sharing the knowledge of craft with others.
* payment plan available!

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.