Online Studio

Embroidery Classes to Explore Your Passion

Online embroidery classes are a convenient way for students to take their embroidery to the next level. Online Studio classes take place on EGA’s website and in an environment where the student can read, review and download lessons, discuss with other students, and ask questions directly to the teacher on the discussion forum for each class. Below you will find some FAQs, and two lists of classes. The first list has online embroidery classes that are open for registration or with registration opening soon, and the second one is a list of classes that are currently running or were previously offered but are no longer open for registration.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Before you register

    What’s the online class experience like?
    Our online classes usually consist of two to six lessons posted to our website following a two-three month schedule. The length of each class will depend on the number of lessons and the time between each lesson. When a lesson is posted you will receive an email with a link to the lesson page where you can read, download and print the lesson. Once you register, you also receive access to the class discussion group where you can ask questions, receive guidance from your teacher and share your progress with other students.

    What will I need to provide for an online class?
    Most of our online classes have kit options available. More class specific information can be found in every class page

    How do I register for the class?
    If a class is open for registration you will see a button that reads Take This Course on that class’ page. If you are an EGA member, make sure you are logged in to the website when you register that way the class registration will be connected to your membership*. If you are not an EGA member yet, a membership will be added to your cart along with your class registration.

    *If you logged in and a membership was added to your order anyway, you can update your order by visiting your cart here and removing that additional membership.

    Are online courses refundable?
    EGA Online Studio courses and kit fees are non-refundable.

    Do I need an EGA membership to register and participate on EGA’s online courses?
    Yes, an EGA membership is required to register for all our courses. You must keep your membership current to be able to access the class content throughout the class schedule.

    After you register

    I just registered for an online class, what’s next?
    Once your registration for the class has been processed you will receive a welcome email with a letter from your teacher and important information about your class. Please save your welcome email, it will include quick links wto your class and class discussion group.

    When will my kit be shipped?
    If your class a has a kit and you registered for that option, your kit will be shipped directly from the teacher usually 1-2 weeks before the start of class.

    Where can I see my class?
    When you are logged in, you can see your class by clicking My Courses under Members Only.

    Where can I learn more about using the online class and discussion group?
    To help you take the best advantage of our online learning platform we have made available some instructions you can read here.

    When do I get access to the lessons?
    Lessons for the class will be posted following the schedule on the class page. In the meantime, you will receive access to the class discussion group where you can start getting to know your fellow students.

    Where will I see the lessons?
    Once lessons are posted, they can be found on the Course Content section at the bottom of your class page.

    What’s the best way to reach my teacher?
    Your teacher will answer all class questions in the class discussion group.

    For how long will my teacher be answering questions about the class?
    Teachers monitor, answer questions and interact with students on the discussion group from the day that the first lesson is posted to two weeks after the last lesson is posted.

    How do I get to the class discussion group?
    There will be a direct link to your class discussion group in your welcome email. A link to the class discussion group is available on the class page and on each of your lesson pages. Login to the website is required.

    How long will the discussion group be available for?
    The discussion group for your class will be available from the moment your registration is processed to two months after the last lesson for your class is posted.

    Technical issues

    I can’t access the class discussion group, a lesson or something else on the website?
    You will need to be logged in to the website in order to access your class discussion group, class lesson and other class-related, or member-related content. An easy way to know if you are logged in, is that you will see the word Profile on the top right corner of the screen. If you see the word Login, you will need to log in.

    I need assistance logging in to the website?
    If you have already tried the Forgot Your Password feature on the Login page and are still having trouble logging in, please Contact Us here.

  • EGA Skill Level Definitions

    Basic: No experience with the technique being taught is necessary.

    Intermediate: Knowledge of basic stitches, materials, and their use in the technique being taught is required.

    Advanced: Ability to execute simple and difficult stitches in the technique is required. The student should also have knowledge of color and design that will allow exploration and creativity.

    All levels: Class is suitable for all levels.

  • Online Studio Instructions for Students and Teachers

    Online Studio and Forums – Instructions for Students

    Online Studio Central for Teachers

    For more information about Online Studio classes, please contact Online Studio chair Solveig Walstrom at online@egausa.org.

Open Registration or Coming Soon

These are the classes you can register for right now, along with those that have registration dates opening soon. For the classes coming soon, you have the option to sign up to receive a reminder when registration opens.

  • Online Studio Class 67: Lacy Pin Cushion with Kim Beamish
    Taught by Kim Beamish (view bio)

    Online Course, Open Registration

    Lacy Pin Cushion is a Pulled Thread embroidery piece. This pin cushion measures approximately 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch in height when finished. It is stitched on 28 count linen. There is no kit for this project giving students the opportunity to pick a color of their choice. This would be a good stash buster. The thread used for the fillings must match the fabric color choice. Registration: June 5 - July 7, 2024. Class schedule: September 4 - October 2, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 68: Moroccan Lanterns with Dr. Valentina Grub
    Taught by Dr. Valentina Grub (view bio)

    Online Course, Coming soon

    Brighten your own embroidery collection with this course, in which you will stitch seven unique lanterns in blackwork. While the stitches used are relatively simple, backstitch or Holbein stitch, the challenge is in arranging the lanterns, and consistently stitching them with intricate, geometric patterns. Registration: July 3, 2024 - August 7, 2024. Class Schedule: October 2-16, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 69: Espalier Bracelet by Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    Coming soon

    Espalier is the ancient horticultural practice of training a tree or shrub to grow flat against a wall or frame to produce more blooms and fruit. In this project, you’ll create a bracelet that emulates an espaliered tree. Learn to work with Painter’s Threads overdyed cord and loop trim to provide a structure like tree branches. It supports beads and sequins in their role as the fruit. Two kinds of water-soluble fabric and water-soluble tape hold the structure in place so that it can be hooped. Embellish the bracelet with your own beads. Registration dates: Registration: August 7-September 4, 2024. Class schedule: November 6-13, 2024.

In Progress or Previously Offered

The classes below are either in progress or have been offered in the past and are no longer open for registration.

  • Online Class: Blustery Conditions with Terri Bay
    Taught by Terri Bay (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Blustery Conditions will lead the stitcher through a review of the basics of Hardanger such as kloster, cable, and blanket stitches, then continue onto more advanced filling stitches and techniques. Registration: April 5 - May 3, 2023. Class schedule: July 5 - August 16, 2023. 

  • Online Class: Haystacks of Giverny with Katherine Diuguid
    Taught by Katherine Diuguid (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Taking inspiration from Monet’s haystacks, students will learn a non-traditional approach to quilting and embroidery. Digitally printed images will be layered and stitched to create a composition unique to each student. Registration: February 1 - March 1, 2023. Class schedule: May 3-24, 2023.

  • Online Class: Starlight Angel with Kurdy Biggs
    Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    On this class with teacher Kurdy Biggs we will bring Star Light to life using a stitch library consisting of variations of the Crescent stitch, along with Jessicas, Walnetos, and Mistake stitches. Registration: January 4, 2023 - February 1, 2023. Class schedule: April 5, 2023 - May 17, 2023.

  • Online Class: Whale Tale Journal with Catherine Jordan
    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Explore the possibilities of adding color, shading and highlights to simple black work! This class will begin with outlines of the whale and waves; with easy-to-understand instructions, the whale will come alive and be tossed about on a sea of waves with simply the addition of pH neutral textile paint. The back cover is reserved for the maker’s or receiver’s mark in a nautically themed compass. An easily finished and secure four-sided edging completes this small treasure. A fun class for those ready to take their work to the next level with the addition of color, shading and highlights! Registration dates: Registration: March 1 - April 5, 2023. Class schedule: June 7 - July 19, 2023.

  • Online Studio Class 62: Mushroom Advanced Box Making with Emma Broughton
    Taught by Emma Broughton (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Mushroom Advanced Box Making with Emma Broughton is an advanced box making course to create a beautiful hexagon shaped box complete with small pull-out drawer with gold colored handle, hidden interior compartments finished with a wonderful, embroidered lid with mushrooms and a Butterfly. Registration: January 3 - February 7, 2024. Class schedule: April 3, 2024 - May 22, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 63: Trevelyon’s Needlebook with Kathy Andrews
    Taught by Kathy Andrews (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Sweet flowers and fresh, green leafy vines stitched on creamy ivory linen combine in this delightful needlebook. Its design is inspired by the Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608—a book that’s more than 400 years old—compiled at the end of the Renaissance. Together we will embroider this design using satin stitch, stem stitch, long and short shading, leaf stitch, and trellis work. Registration: February 7—March 6, 2024. Class schedule: May 1, 2024–May 29, 2024

  • Online Studio Class 64: A Thread for All Seasons with Susan Hoekstra
    Taught by Susan Hoekstra (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    A Thread for All Seasons offers a chance to work with the design color of your choice.  There are three color canvases from which to choose!  Go for colors you would never stitch; broaden your color horizon!  After you have picked out your painted canvas, look at the choices of threads.  Go with what you think ‘matches;’ or go for color you think does not ‘match.’  It is in your hands!  Use your imagination.  After this exercise, you will better understand how colors work together and how colors work off each other.  This exercise will be a real eye opener. Registration: March 6 - April 3, 2024 Class schedule: July 3 - September 11, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 66: Mandala Hoop Embroidery with J. Marsha Michler
    Taught by J. Marsha Michler (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Use many different embroidery stitches to create a mandala-style design within a 6" (15.24cm) circle. Begin the design at the center and allow it to grow by adding on. Observe the design emerge as you add to it! This design class demonstrates a form of freestyle embroidery. Other mandala-type designs will be presented within the class, showing how an endless variety of designs is possible. Registration: May 1 - June 5, 2024. Class schedule: August 7 - 21, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class: A Love of Christmas with Kim Beamish
    Taught by Kim Beamish (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Create a seasonal needle set that includes pin cushion, needle book and scissor fob using Pulled Thread and Surface Embroidery techniques. Registration: September 6 - October 4, 2023. Class schedule: December 6, 2023 - February 14, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class: Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull with Jonalene Gutwein
    Taught by Jonalene Gutwein (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull is a 15 week course with one border taught each week. Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional lacis that uses the existing linen for the lacework instead of making a netting for the embellishing stitches. Registration: June 7 - July 5, 2023. Class schedule: September 6 - December 13, 2023.

  • Online Studio Class: Frank the Zebra with Hazel Blomkamp
    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    This design is featured in Blomkamp’s latest book, Crewel Animal Portraits. It is worked with an interesting variety of embroidery, needlelace, needleweaving, and bead embroidery techniques, with the focus of the design being an unconventional method to create the stripes of the hide. Registration: July 5, 2023–Aug. 2, 2023 Class schedule: Oct. 4, 2023–Oct. 25, 2023

  • Online Studio Class: Hummingbird in Silk and Gold with Lizzy Pye
    Taught by Lizzy Pye (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Learn how to handle traditional silks known as flat or filament silks, which are untwisted. Stitch silk shading (long and short stitch), satin stitch and stem stitch to create splashes of color amongst the gold. Learn to create smooth felt padding and embellish with traditional goldwork techniques of couching and colored couching, pearl purl, invisibly stitched twist and chipping. Registration: October 4 - November 1, 2023. Class schedule: April 3 - May 22, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class: Primroses with Merrilyn Heazlewood
    Taught by Merrilyn Heazlewood (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Bring the summer joy of primroses into your home all year round. Clusters of French knots complement the needlepoint stitches. Gumnut Yarns’ “Buds” and “Poppies” create a light, airy pattern to the tile. Kreinik® metallic adds sparkle. Primroses is stitched on 18-count canvas with 16 different stitches. Two colorways are offered. Flowers will be created with 7mm silk ribbon. Registration dates: Aug. 2, 2023–Sept. 6, 2023 Class schedule: Nov. 1, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023

  • Online Studio Class: Star Spangled Sampler with Dawn Fisher
    Taught by Dawn Fisher (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    This patriotic sampler was designed as a tribute to the original Star Spangled Banner, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. During this class, students will learn over 30 unique stitches: two stitches for each of the 15 red, white, and blue stripes, plus two variations of the Star Eyelet. Registration: May 3, 2023 - June 7, 2023. Class schedule: August 2, 2023 - September 13, 2023.