Design for Needlework


This course is for the technically adept embroiderer who wishes to create unique embroideries.  This intensive nine-lesson course will immerse students in a study of visual language, design mechanics, sensibility, and critical judgment.  Students will generate a series of original designs while developing a style that is personal and aesthetically sound.  Each lesson will require at least one embroidered project in addition to several other exercises.

This course fulfills one of the requirements for candidates of the EGA teacher certification exam.

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Lesson 1: Overview of Design, Language of Design, Point and Line

Lesson 2: Shape and Form, Harmony and Rhythm, Balance and Weight

Lesson 3: Value

Lesson 4: Color

Lesson 5: Texture, Pattern

Lesson 6: Space, Perspective

Lesson 7: Proportion and Scale, Composition Analysis

Lesson 8: Approaches to Design

Lesson 9: Process of Design

Teacher: India Hayford
Time: 18 months
Class fee: $245
Text fee:
$35 PDF, 122 pages.
Additional Required Text (purchase from a vendor of your choosing): Eleventh Edition of Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice by Ocvirk, Stinson, Wigg, Bone and Cayton.
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in at least one embroidery discipline.  Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of 10-12 hours on each lesson.
Supplies (approximate): $50-$75 (Students using techniques requiring expensive materials, such as goldwork, may incur higher costs. Many items, such as scissors and plain white paper, are found in most homes.
ICC Pin Thread Color: DMC #791

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Note: Please read the Student Responsibilities on the ICC page before enrolling. The timeline for course completion begins when you register. There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.