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Embroidery classes for beginners to pros from NZ’s most established needlework suppliers, The Embroiderer All classes are held at The Embroiderer in Birkenhead, Auckland (unless otherwise stated). Morning Classes are 10am to 12 pm and afternoon classes are 1pm to 3pm Please make sure you get a requirement list for your class. Classes are held in our bright and cheery classroom at the rear of the shop unless stated otherwise. We have provided below a list of what to bring to class. We order in tea or coffee from the café next door and the idea is to come and have a fun session, make new friends and learn a new skill. You will always work to your own level with no pressure and everyone is very friendly.

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Let’s Start at the Beginning Beginner’s Basics Wednesday morning Term Three begins 2nd August 8 weeks $100 This class teaches the basic embroidery stitches which can then be applied to other techniques like crewel work or stumpwork as you become more confident. A choice of projects is available depending on your level of experience This class is suitable for absolute beginners or those with some stitching experience wishing to learn a new technique. You will learn stem stitch, chain stitch, fly stitch, satin stitch and bullions among other stitches. Also how to get design on to fabric, use a hoop and what needles and thread to use.

Students will now learn to progress their skills further and work on a project of their choosing

beginner wreath Rosebud sachet Lavender wreath Lavender sachet


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Counting the Threads Wednesday afternoon Term Three begins 2nd August 8 weeks $100.00 This term the class will be making a beautiful Etui designed by Betsy Morgan.  This will use a variety of counted thread techniques for the stitching and then the construction. The work is on 32 count Linen. This class is suitable for those with some counted thread or other technique experience.




Crewel Embroidery Thursday morning. Term three begins 3rd August 8 weeks $100.00.

This class is for those with a more than basic ability. We will be working on crewel projects taking a traditional design and putting our own stamp on it by choosing which stitches to use and what colours. If you have a design you love already bring it along or choose from a selection on offer. You will get to colour in your design and then select the wools and help will be given choosing which stitches to use. Or you can take a small project like the ones below and improve your surface stitchery techniques.  A knowledge of basic crewel stitches is best for this class.



Embroidery or Knitting Clinic Thursday Afternoon. Two hour session from 1pm to 3 pm $20.00 for one person. $15.00 per person for more than one. All levels.

If you have a problem you need solved, or wish to learn a particular technique but don’t have time for a regular class then make an appointment for a one off lesson. Or you can bring a friend and have a private class if you have something particular you want to do. Need help with fixing a problem? Make a booking.

Want to learn to knit? Make a booking

Want to learn how to make bullion roses? Make a booking.

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Moving Beyond the Basics Friday morning  Term Three begins August 4th . 8 weeks $100.00 This class for intermediate stitchers.

This term the class will be working on a silk pouch using crazy stitch and ribbon embroidery techniques.  The pouch can be used for jewellery or for special needlework projects or anything you fancy.

You will need a copy of Inspirations Issue 84.  A fabric pack will be available for the class. Those who still have unfinished projects can carry on with those.


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STITCH AND CREATE Saturday Morning 8 weeks $100.00 Term 3 begins August 19th.  This class focuses on surface embroidery. It does not include counted stitch techniques.       This is a fun class learning surface embroidery. The tutor is Joan Hamilton who is very experienced and she will work with you on a project of your choice or suggest something for you. You will explore how to use, translate and think about basic stitches and colour in a variety of ways and Joan is full of inspiration and very flexible. This class is suitable for all levels and needs a minimum of 4 to go ahead.

This term Joan will be working a sampler quilt on wool with embroidered blocks which can be as simple or as complex as you like. Or you may choose to complete what you were working on last term.

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STITCH AND CHAT Friday Afternoon. Term Three  begins 4th August.  8 weeks $35.00 A nice way to end the week. Eight places available 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.

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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.