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Embroidering Texture & Dimension by Hand

with Sue Spargo
Get creative with textured stitches that complement embroidery, appliqué, and more!

Join embroidery expert Sue Spargo and layer, stitch and embellish your way to textural works of art! Select complementary fabric, ribbon and trim to create lovely, layered appliqués that serve as a base for your embroidery. Discover array of edging stitches for vibrant, velvety texture, and dive into decorative stitches and their intricate variations. Then, master dimensional wrapped stitches with Sue’s expert tips. Enhance your embroidery with “wow-factor” woven stitches and bring exquisite energy to your stitching with beautiful beading techniques. Practice these dazzling designs on Sue's exclusive butterfly sampler or add them to your own creative stitching!

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Lesson 1. Foundation Layers

  • Meet your instructor, acclaimed quilting artist Sue Spargo, whose colorful and energetic folk quilts will inspire you to embroider in a whole new way! Kick off the class with an exploration of fabric color and texture pairings before learning how to layer your appliqué shapes to create a wonderful base for your embroidered stitches.


Lesson 2. Smooth Edging Stitches


Lesson 3. Decorative Edging Stitches


Lesson 4. Dimensional Stitches


Lesson 5. Woven Stitches


Lesson 6. Beaded Stitches


Lesson 7. Finishing Touches

“Within minutes of taking Sue's class, I was totally hooked! She is absolutely 'talented and gifted' in so many ways. Also, she explains things very well, gives wonderful instructions and exudes confidence in such a way that you are very relaxed about going in any direction that she will take you. I have always wanted to embellish my quilts, making them my own original work (not just piece work that resemble other quilts) and Sue is showing me how to do just that! I love, love, love...”
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Salt Lake City, Utah

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