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Learn Stumpwork Embroidery: A step-by-step introductory course

Learn this amazing form of three dimensional embroidery and complete a project in just a few weeks.

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Stumpwork is a highly skilled and intricate ancient form of 3D hand embroidery which gives an amazing, raised multi dimensional look. It can seem a little daunting without a knowledgeable tutor to help you along your learning journey. With a cross over into hand embroidery stitches, Stumpwork allows you to create beautifully detailed 3D pieces and embellishments.

Karen will take you step by step through a beautiful rose and caterpillar embroidery, one of her own designs, that has been especially devised to act as a really easy and quick introduction to this gorgeous 3D embroidery technique.


Your Instructor


Karen Quickfall
Karen Quickfall

Karen completed her City & Guilds Level 3 and Diploma in Embroidery with SST a number of years ago and has since specialized in Stumpwork, Needle Lace and Ruskin Lace – a type of embroidered lace crossing Needle Lace and Counted Thread work – indigenous to the Lake District in the north of England. Karen loves the outdoors and is a keen orienteer; attending and taking part in many of the UK events.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction
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What you'll need

  • 6", 4" and 3" embroidery hoops
  • Backround fabric of your choice - medium weight cotton is ideal
  • Thinner backing fabric such as muslin
  • Cotton Perle thread in your choice of colour sizes 3,5 and 8 (or stranded embroidery thread)
  • Stranded embroidery threads in pinks, white, greens, brown, orange and yellow
  • Cotton Perle or soft cotton thread in green
  • Soft cotton string
  • Paper covered wire in green and white, #24 or #26
  • Felt or wadding and mount board (card) for mounting
  • Sharp needles
  • Small pair pointed sharp scissors


Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
How does a full year's access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for a period of one year after the date of purchase - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and ends as quickly as you wish! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Will I need any special materials or equipment?
No - just the basic stuff you're already likely to have such as needles, embroidery threads, scissors, wire, plain cotton fabric and an embroidery hoop
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 3 days and we will give you a full refund.
If you're not a complete beginner at stumpwork and would really like to undertake a course which is more advanced, then you can choose to undertake a City & Guilds accredited stumpwork course with Karen or another City & Guilds of London accredited textile course in a different subject with SST. You can review all of our course subjects and levels on our website.