Embroidery classes for beginners to pros from NZ’s most established needlework suppliers, The EmbroidererAll classes are held at The Embroiderer in Birkenhead, Auckland (unless otherwise stated).

Please make sure you get a requirement list for your class.


Beginner’s Stitching with Joan

Tuesday 10-12am Term 2 begins 26th July

6 weeks $80.00

This class is the same as the Saturday class. See below for details. Suitable for those new to stitching, wanting a refresher or wanting to learn something different. Joan is a very inspiring teacher.


Stitch Me A Garden
Tuesday 1-3pm Term 3  Begins 26th July
4 week modules $50 each


This class is a year full of garden themed projects which is suitable for beginners through to more experienced stitchers. The programme will run in 4 week modules so if you can’t commit to a whole year or you are planning to be away, you can just pick a project and learn that technique.

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Projects will include:

Lavender book Weight

Floral Needleroll and Scissor keep

Stumpwork Bee Pincushion   Begins 3rd May

Garden Wreath Begins  27th July

Stumpwork Flax Flower

Counted Floral Tile

Elizabethan Tile

Rosebud or Lavender Sachet

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Wool Embroidery
Wednesday 10- 12 am Term 2 Begins 27th July This class is full
8 weeks $100.00

Working with wool is  very relaxing and rewarding. It is a  simple way for beginners to learn surface stitchery and gain confidence as it is very forgiving and the results are quick and effective. As you advance there are a variety of more challenging directions you can follow.

Begin with a cushion or blanket choosing from a range of designs on offer. You will learn all the basic stitches and have help with designing your own project should you choose to do so.

More advanced stitchers will work  on a variety of crewelwork projects (Wool on LinenTwill) either your own design or choose from ours.

In Term 2 you can continue to develop your wool embroidery or make the Embroiderer Hussif.

This class caters for all levels.

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Wool Embroidery for Beginners

Wednesday Afternoon 1-3pm

This is a new class for Term Three beginning 27th July.

There are a couple of spare places in this class.


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Its All About Colour
Thursday Morning 10-12am Term 3 Begins 28th July  At Highbury House. A couple of places available
8 weeks $120

Term 3 will take the colour learning experience and translate this to embroidery. if you are a stitcher with some experience you could join this class and learn to take a design of your choice and translate it into embroidery.

This class is all about colour. We are taking the adult colouring-in-book craze and developing it.

You will start with making a colour wheel using coloured pencils and then stitch it with matching thread. The next step is to take designs from our range of colouring books and use your new found colour confidence to interpret these designs in embroidery.

You will need to build up a good collection of colours and shades of threads. We will mainly work with DMC threads to get the range needed.

This class is suitable for intermediate to advanced stitchers.  A good knowledge of stitches and technique is needed.


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Multi Technique Learning Experience
Friday 10- 12am.  Term 3 begins 22nd July.  This class is full

8 weeks $100.00

Are you looking to move on from Cross Stitch? Are you self-taught and wanting to improve technique? Are you looking for inspiration and wanting to extend your skill set and maybe work outside your comfort zone? Do you want to learn embroidery but don’t know what you want?

In this class you will work through a series of four inch tiles and learn a whole range of techniques from counted thread stitching such as cross stitch, blackwork, canvas work, pulled thread, eyelets, surface techniques like goldwork, Elizabethan, crewel and also free style and multi media techniques.

At the same time you will explore a colour theme and learn to incorporate this into your collection. You will also work with a variety of threads and discover how they work.

At the end you will have a varied and interesting collection of tiles that you can arrange in many different ways. This class is suitable for any skill level as you will work to your own ability with expert guidance.

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Saturday  1pm to 3 pm Third term  Begins 30th July
6 weeks $80.00
This class focuses on surface embroidery on either wool or linen. It does not include counted stitch techniques.

Have you ever seen a postcard that you have loved or seen something on pintrest that you would really like to try to embroider or translate into stitch? Enrol now. This is a fun class learning surface embroidery. The tutor is Joan Hamilton who is very experienced and she will work with you to achieve your objective. You will be exploring how to use, translate and think about basic stitches in a variety of ways. There is no set project you will each do your own and Joan will discuss with each of you what your goal is, what you want to learn and how to achieve this.  This course does not include counted stitching.

This class needs a minimum of 4 to go ahead.

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Monday Stitch Group 1-3 pm Knitting or Embroidery

This is new this year for those who have lots on the go and just need motivation.

Eight places. Book for a term of 10 weeks $25.00 Third  term begins July 25th

Start the week off positively.

Got some  unfinished projects? Need some encouragement? Need to meet new people because none of your friends are into stitching?

Come and join a group of like-minded folk for an afternoon of stitching therapy. Order a tea or coffee from the café next door and make a regular date to work on your projects. Even 2 hours a week is a good start and it might spur you on to work on your needlework more at home too. It is just about setting aside the time and sometimes being away from the distractions and chores at home is just the answer.

No tutor but expert advice is available.


Weekly Embroidery Clinic
Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
$15.00 per session.

The embroidery clinic is by appointment only. Please call (09) 419 0900 or email us.
Please get in touch at the beginning of the week to ensure that we have a place or that someone is here to help.

Embroidery Clinic activities:

  • Bring a project purchased from the Embroiderer that you need help with
  • Learn to knit and make your own beautiful garments for you or a baby in your life.
  • Want to learn Tapestry? Two lessons will have you on your way. Choose from our huge
    selection of Tapestry Kits and let us help you begin. You will be addicted in no time.
  • Having trouble with a particular stitch. Can’t master those French Knots. Let us help.
  • Learn cross stitch or make the move from Aida to Linen.

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The Fine Print

Payment must be made in full for each term before a place can be secured. We can pencil you in but your place is not guaranteed without payment and a paying customer will take precedence without notification. Classes at The Embroiderer are limited to 6 – 8 so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Classes at Highbury House are limited to around 12 people.

Classes are the way we inspire and create new interest in the wonderful world of needlework. We aim to foster a love of the art of embroidery in a mutually supportive sharing of ideas and an eagerness to learn more. If the class doesn’t go ahead due to lack of numbers you will be refunded. A decision will be made a week before the class. All supplies , if you don’t already have them, should be purchased from The Embroiderer. We keep our class costs to a minimum so that we can pass on our skills. In return we’d appreciate you supporting our business. 

We want classes to be an enjoyable experience for everyone so please try and be on time and prepared. If you can’t make a class for any reason please make a courtesy call to inform us so we are not waiting for you. Everyone has times when they can’t come to class for holiday, sickness or other reasons. We understand this but unfortunately we can’t refund for missed classes. Nor can they carry over to the next term. Where possible we will help with a catch up but cannot guarantee that.

If there is something you would like to learn and it is not covered here please talk to us and we will see if we can help.