Online Class: Designing with Texture with Raven Fagelson

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Designing with Texture

Add texture into your embroidery!

Texture is inherent to embroidery. It identifies objects, sets a mood, and invokes memories. Properly applied, texture adds depth and character to your embroidery. This class will teach you how to see and add texture into your work by designing a monochrome crewelwork based on 17th century examples. You will learn step by step, using stitches you already know. You will discover how to identify the texture of stitches, learn how to alter them to your liking, and then apply them to a design. By the end of the class, you will not only know how to choose the right stitch for the texture you want but also have a project you designed ready to stitch.

More about Designing with Texture

  • Class Details

    Design size: Students decide the size of their final project. In the course of the class, the students will stitch two samplers that are approximately 3″ x 3″ each and one motif that is 7″x 7″ or smaller.
    Skill level: Intermediate
    Number of lessons: 6
    Registration dates: Registration opens on August 4, 2021 and closes on September 1, 2021.
    Class schedule: The first lesson will be posted  on November 3, 2021. The following lessons will be posted every two weeks on November 17, December 1, 15 and 29, and January 12, 2022.
    Class cost: $40
    Class kit:
    Prerequisites: Students must know how to stitch at least 6 different surface stitches.

  • Supplies Needed for this Class

    For this class, students should gather the following materials. The retail cost of these materials is approximately $50 although students can easily use what is in their stash.

    1 skein of crewel wool, of any color: Renaissance Dyeing Crewel Wool and Au Ver a Soie Fine d’Aubusson are good brands. The wool used in the class samples is Appleton crewel wool #505.

    Three 10” x10” pieces of medium or heavy twill cloth, approximately 1/3 of a yard. For those wanting materials similar to what was available to the 17th century, use linen or linen-cotton twill. The cloth used in the class samples is white 100% cotton denim.

    Needles of an appropriate size for the thread. Use a #24 chenille needle with Appleton crewel wool.

    Copier paper, office paper, or a sketch pad

    Simple line drawings of your favorite animals and flowers. A few motifs are provided in the lessons but students are encouraged to use their own.

    Tissue or tracing paper

    Sewing thread in a color similar to but slightly darker or lighter than the fabric. For instance, light blue thread for white fabric or tan thread for ecru fabric.

    NOTE: This class teaches texture by limiting the tools and materials available to students. While students will design a monochrome crewelwork embroidery, they are not required to actually stitch it. In this class, it’s all about the journey not the destination. Thus, students can use materials they have in their stash. If a student decides to stitch their final design, they will need enough fabric and thread to do so.

    Crewel thread and linen twill can be found at a local needlework shop. These materials can also be ordered from these suppliers:

    Alex-Paras NeedleArts, 506 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109, (860) 257-2718,,

    Threadneedle Street, 485 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027, (425) 391-0528,,

    With Needle In Hand, 224A Boardman Canfield Rd., Boardman, OH 44512, (330) 758-8122,,

    Sewing supplies can be found at a local craft, quilting, or fabric stores. National chains such as JoAnn Fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, and Walmart will also have the sewing supplies.

  • Lessons

  • About teacher Raven Fagelson

    Raven Fagelson learned to cross stitch as a child from her father.  She loves teaching, especially that “Ah ha!” moment when a student grasps a new skill. Raven holds certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework and a master craftsman in crewelwork but enjoys stitching many style, especially historic surface embroidery. Raven is currently finishing up the Teaching Certification in Surface Stitching from the EGA.

  • More about our Online Classes

    Visit our Online Courses page for Frequently Asked Questions and more information on how our online classes work.

    Learn more about downloading your lessons, asking questions to the teacher, posting photos of your progress, receiving class emails and more in the Online Course Instructions page.

    Please note: Online Studio course and kit fees are non-refundable.