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Learn to Stitch Level 2 - Botanical Sampler


The wait is over! Learn to Stitch Level 2 is here!

Level up your embroidery skills in this 6-week series with Instructor Jess McDonald. Students will learn how to build on foundational stitches with intermediate techniques to create a stunning botanical sampler. Students will be guided through a variety of techniques, including how to transfer their design to cloth, and then work on a section of their project in a specific set of stitches being taught each week (just like level 1, imagine!)

Stitching is a slow and thoughtful process that yields beautiful results with patience and care. Students will work on the project in class and then take it home to finish and tie in any loose ends before returning to class the next week. 

This series is a great way to expand your knowledge and creativity in the art of stitching, connect with others in the craft community, and learn in a fun and supportive environment! 


Week 1 - Introduction to Project


The instructor will go over supplies needed for the 6-week series and students will be introduced to the sampler project. Students will learn how to transfer the botanical design to cloth. Techniques: Image Transfer, 2 Tone Stem Stitch, Whipped Backstitch

Week 2: Padded Satin Stitch, Closed Cretan Stitch, Random Satin Stitch

Week 3: Blanket Fill Stitch with Colour Blending (6ply floss required), Fishbone Stitch, and Trellis Combination

Week 4: Goldwork (materials generously donated from Bunty Sever's personal collection)

Week 5: Needle Painting (6ply floss required) & Filled Fly Stitch

Week 6: Beading - Beed & Sequin Combo & Fern Stitch

*Materials and supplies NOT included; must be purchased separately*




  • 0.5m of Lightweight Interfacing - Presto or SF101

  • Fat quarter in either quilting cotton, stitchers fat quarter, or light-medium weight muslin

  • Variety of embroidery flosses & Perle cotton

  • Seed beads and sequins*

  • Hand embroidery needles - size 3 to 9

  • Beading needles or hand-sewing needles*

  • Marking tools (heat erase OR water erase recommended)

  • Embroidery hoop (10” to 12” recommended)

  • Hand embroidery kit - snips, thread gloss, needle threaders, etc. 

*Instructor will send out a more detailed list of required materials prior to the start date of the series


This workshop is suited for adults (age 15+)

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

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 the 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.


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Basic knowledge of embroidery is required. Participants must be able to thread hand-sewing needles and be comfortable with small and intricate stitches. Students should have taken Learn to Stitch Level 1 or have similar sewing experience. Please inquire if unsure.
Requirements: The instructor will send out a list of required materials prior to the start date of the series.
Instructor: Jessica McDonald
Instructor Bio: Jess McDonald (BFA 2019) is a textile artist based here in St. John's, Newfoundland. As a lover of all things textiles, Jessica brings 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.
Materials and supplies not included

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Included Materials



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