LIST OF ON-LINE EMBROIDERY CLASSES

Please see below the on-line/cyber classes in hand embroidery that I run through my website. More will be added in the future.

Introductory to Blackwork Embroidery: Butterfly

Beginners Blackwork Embroidery: Lovebirds

Intermediate Blackwork Embroidery: Study of Cats

Advanced Blackwork Embroidery: Elephant

Beginners Needle Painting Embroidery: Purple Pansy

Intermediate Needle Painting Embroidery: Red Fox

Advanced Needle Painting Embroidery: Jimmy the Hamster

Advanced Needle Painting Embroidery: Morning Glories

Current On-Line Classes

Below are gallery pages with former students work and comments from my previously run on-line classes:

Purple Pansy  |  Jimmy the Hamster  |  Red Fox  |  Blackwork Butterfly

Blackwork Lovebirds  |  Blackwork Study of Cats

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Introductory to Blackwork On-line Class

Blackwork Butterfly

Registration for the On-Line Class is Closed

Class runs Friday 14th of April to Friday 26th of May 2017

You can work one the butterflies in the class - your choice of patterns and fabric. Both designs are in the instructions.

Embroidery Size

28 Count Fabric: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)

32 Count Fabric: Height: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)     Width: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)     

Class Description

The introductory to blackwork on-line class is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is written with the beginner in mind.

This is unlike some counted blackwork where you follow a set pattern of the design, instead the design is transferred onto the fabric in the tissue paper transfer method, leaving a tacked outline of the design on the fabric. Different blackwork patterns are worked with in the tacked areas.

We get away from the rigid format of having to follow a precise path, but find a path to work the pattern in the easiest method.

The stitches are worked in running stitch/back stitch with no concern about working the back the same as the front.

The on-line class will have three PDF file lessons with colour work-in-progress photographs of the patterns on the butterfly and additional working tips not in the instruction book.

When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.  The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

The PDF Files will be posted on the following class dates:

Lesson 1: Friday 14th ofApril 2017

Lesson 2: Friday 21st ofApril 2017

Lesson 3: Friday 28th ofApril 2017

The online class ends on Friday 26th of May 2017 giving the student plenty of time to complete the project. There are approximately 10 hours stitching time on this embroidery.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture.

Kit Details

The kit has a 21 page instruction book with step-by-step charts of the blackwork patterns, diagrams on the outline stitches and instructions for working the butterfly. The student can work the design on 32 count or 28 count fabric and either one of the butterflies in the pictures.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 9 inch by 9 inch   •   1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •   Spool of Kreinik Multi-Coloured Cord   •   Red Tacking Thread  •   Brown Tacking Thread  •   Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl  •   1 No. 28 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 10 crewel needle.

Explanation of Fabric Types

32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. This is the fabric that the blackwork elephant is worked on.

32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric. This is the easiest fabric to work on.

28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look.

Tools Required

8 inch by 8 inch or 9 inch by 9 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks - Available for purchase with the on-line class below

Or the embroidery can be worked in a 7 inch hoop. I prefer the stretcher bar frame as you can get the fabric tighter and sometimes the ring frame can mark the fabric.

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Pencil

Embroidery Scissors

Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

If you prefer you can email me to register for the class. Please email me you name, address, telephone number and how you would like to pay, or you can telephone me at 403-274-6293 and speak to Tanja Berlin.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. If you pay by credit card the amount will be charged to your credit card in Canadian Dollars, the bank will convert the amount to your countries currency. Check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate. If you select to pay by PayPal I will email you a PayPal invoice in US dollars.


Registration for the on-line class is closed. You may purchase the kit and PDF Files and work the butterfly on your own.


Introductory to Blackwork (Butterfly) Kit and 3 PDF Files: $80.00 Canadian Dollars.

The $80.00 cost includes on-line class - 3 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures and kit with even weave cotton/mix fabric (28 lugana fabric is the easiest fabric to work on)

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Introductory to Blackwork (Butterfly) Kit and 3 PDF Files: $85.00 Canadian Dollars.

The $85.00 cost includes on-line class - 3 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures and kit with linen fabric (the elephant is worked on 32 count belfast linen fabric)

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The embroidery can be worked in a 6 inch or 7 inch embroidery hoop or a stretcher bar frame. For information about the frames visit my Embroidery Frames webpage. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

7 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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You get one No. 26 Tapestry Needle and one No. 28 Tapestry Needle in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below.

Packet of John James Tapestry Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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The kit comes with one wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below.

Packet of 3 Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors.

Small Embroidery Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kits and supplies for the class will be mailed on the Monday 27th of March 2017 or sooner. 


If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Beginners Blackwork On-line Class

Blackwork Love Birds

Embroidery Size

The original embroidery is worked on 32 count fabric

32 Count Fabric: Height: 5 1/4 inches (13 cm)     Width: 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 cm)     

28 Count Fabric: Height: 6 inches (15 cm)     Width: 5 1/2 inches (13 3/4 cm)

If you are considering working my Blackwork Elephant in the future you should take the beginners blackwork lovebirds class if you have not taken a blackwork class with me before and then the intermediate blackwork study of cats class.

Class Description

The blackwork Lovebirds on-line class is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is written with the beginner in mind.

If you already have the blackwork lovebirds kit you only need to purchase the on-line class portion.

In this fun on-line class learn the method of working the beautiful lovebirds in the method of blackwork.

This is unlike some counted blackwork where you follow a set pattern of the design, instead the design is transferred onto the fabric in the tissue paper transfer method, leaving a tacked outline of the design on the fabric. Different blackwork patterns are worked with in the tacked areas.

We get away from the rigid format of having to follow a precise path, but find a path to work the pattern in the easiest method.

The stitches are worked in running stitch/back stitch with no concern about working the back the same as the front.

Five PDF file lessons will have at least 18 pages of colour work-in-progress photographs of the patterns on the bird and additional working tips not in the instruction book.

When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.  The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show every stage of the embroidery in the PDF files.

Also visit the picture gallery webpage to see former students blackwork lovebird pictures.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture.

Kit Details

If you already have the blackwork lovebirds kit you only need to purchase the on-line class portion.

The kit has a 25 page instruction book with step-by-step patterns of the blackwork patterns, diagrams on the outline stitches and instructions for working the lovebirds. The student can work the design on 32 count or 28 count fabric, the original embroidery was worked on 32 count fabric.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch   •   1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   •   1 Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread   •   Red Au Ver a Soie Silk Thread   •   1 Skein of Purple Au Ver a Soie Silk Thread   •   1 Spool of Purple Kreinik #4 Metallic Braid   •   1 Spool of Red Kreinik #4 Metallic Braid   •   1 Spool of Gold Kreinik #4 Metallic Braid   •   1 Bobbin of Red Tacking Thread  •   Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl  •   3 Gold Spangles   •   1 No. 28 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 24 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 10 crewel needle.

Explanation of Fabric Types

32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. This is the fabric that the blackwork elephant is worked on.

32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look.

Tools Required

12 inch by 12 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks - Available for purchase with the on-line class below

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

10 Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Embroidery Scissors

Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

If you prefer you can email me to register for the class. Please email me you name, address, telephone number and how you would like to pay, or you can telephone me at 403-274-6293 and speak to Tanja Berlin.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. If you pay by credit card the amount will be charged to your credit card in Canadian Dollars, the bank will convert the amount to your countries currency. Check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate. If you select to pay by PayPal I will email you a PayPal invoice in US dollars.

Canadian and US dollars are around par so there will be no adjustment made to the cost if you pay by credit card in Canadian dollars or by PayPal in US dollars. Please note if you pay be credit card the amount may come out a little bit more in US dollars on your credit card bill depending on the exchange rate at the time of processing.


There is no blackwork lovebirds class running at this time but you may purchase the kit and the 5 PDF on-line class files and work the embroidery independently.

Blackwork Love Birds Kit and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $115.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds Kit and 5 PDF File Lessons: $105.00 Canadian Dollars

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Equipment Required

12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Intermediate Blackwork On-line Class

Blackwork Study of Cats

The Blackwork Cats can be Worked and Framed as a Group

32 Count Fabric - All Four Cats Together: Height: 6 7/8 inches (17 1/4 cm)     Width: 6 7/8 inches (17 1/4 cm)

28 Count Fabric - All Four Cats Together: Height: 8 inches (19 1/2 cm)     Width: 8 inches (19 1/2 cm)

The Blackwork Cats can be Worked and Framed Individually

32 Count Fabric - Each Individual Cat Measures: Height: 3 inches (7 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 inches (7 3/4 cm)

28 Count Fabric - Each Individual Cat Measures: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)

If you are considering working my Blackwork Elephant I highly recommend taking the study of cats intermediate class. The study of cats will use the same blackwork patterns and shading techniques as the blackwork elephant so will give you a good foundation and practice before working the advanced blackwork elephant. It will be a prerequisite to have taken a blackwork class with me (in person or on-line) or worked and completed one of my intermediate blackwork designs in the tissue paper transfer method to work the blackwork elephant.

Class Description

The blackwork study of cats on-line class is suitable for embroiderers who have worked a previous blackwork embroidery in the tissue paper transfer method. The instructions and on-line class will be very detailed but some experience in blackwork is necessary to give you the technical ability to shade in blackwork.

Four patterns are worked on the blackwork design. Each cat will have its own blackwork pattern and the cat will be shaded with the blackwork stitches by changing the thickness of the thread and by changing the density of the the pattern.

Emphasis in the intermediate on-line class is to get away from using outlines to neaten up edges and concentrate on an artistic look to the embroidery creating depth and dimension with the blackwork patterns and shading. You do not have to have an artistic eye to work the intermediate study of cats as I will break down the embroidery into stages that will guide you through the embroidery and improve your embroidery skills.

The on-line class will have four PDF file lessons with work-in-progress photographs of the patterns on the cat and additional working tips not in the instruction book.

When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.  The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern section on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture.

Kit Details

The kit has an instruction book with step-by-step patterns of the blackwork patterns, diagrams on the outline stitches and instructions for working the lovebirds. The student can work the design on 32 count or 28 count fabric, the original embroidery was worked on 32 count fabric. If you are intending to work the blackwork elephant then you should work the study of cats on 32 count Belfast linen fabric.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch   •   1 Spool of Black No. 12 Perle Cotton   •   1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   •   1 Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread   •   1 Bobbin of Red Tacking Thread   •   2 No. 28 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 10 crewel needle.

Explanation of Fabric Types

32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. This is the fabric that the blackwork elephant is worked on, you should use this fabric if you are planning on working the blackwork elephant embroidery.

32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look.

Tools Required

12 inch by 12 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks - Available for purchase with the on-line class below

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

10 Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Embroidery Scissors

Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

If you prefer you can email me to register for the class. Please email me you name, address, telephone number and how you would like to pay, or you can telephone me at 403-274-6293 and speak to Tanja Berlin.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. If you pay by credit card the amount will be charged to your credit card in Canadian Dollars, the bank will convert the amount to your countries currency. Check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate. If you select to pay by PayPal I will email you a PayPal invoice in US dollars.

Canadian and US dollars are around par so there will be no adjustment made to the cost if you pay by credit card in Canadian dollars or by PayPal in US dollars. Please note if you pay be credit card the amount may come out a little bit more in US dollars on your credit card bill depending on the exchange rate at the time of processing.


No Class Currently Running but you may purchase the kit and PDF files and work the project on your own.

Kits for Working the Cats as a Group of Four

Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with one Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $175.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with one Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $170.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kits for Working the Cats Individually

Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with Four Pieces of Fabric 9 inch by 9 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $185.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with Four Pieces of Fabric 9 inch by 9 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $180.00 Canadian Dollars

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Equipment Required

If you are working the four cats on one piece of 14 inch by 14 inch fabric, I recommend the 12 inch stretcher bar frame and thumb tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you are working the four cats on indvidual pieces of 9 inch by 9 inch fabric , I recommend the 8 inch stretcher bar frame and thumb tacks: $14.00 Canadian Dollars

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You get one No. 26 Tapestry Needle and one No. 28 Tapestry Needle in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below. One Packet of Needles costs $3.50 Canadian dollars.

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The kit comes with one wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below. A packet of 3 wire needle threaders costs $1.00 Canadian dollar.

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If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors. One pair of scissors costs $10.00 Canadian dollars.

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Advanced Blackwork Elephant

Registration open for new students

You need to have had some experience in blackwork to work the elephant as the elephant is an advanced design. When purchasing the design please email me to let me what blackwork you have done previously. If you have never done blackwork before this project will be too large and overwhelming, this is not an easy design.

Embroidery Size

The embroidery is worked on 32 count Belfast linen fabric.

Height: 14 inches (35 cm)     Width: 11 1/2 inches (28 3/4 cm) 

Click here to see pictures of blackwork elephant embroideries worked by students

Class Description

The blackwork elephant is an advanced blackwork hand embroidery design. If you are interested in taking the class you need to have worked one of my other intermediate blackwork designs in the tissue transfer method and email me a picture of your work to: tanja@berlinembroidery.com so that I can check you are able to work on a counted fabric and can compensate patterns to the tacking lines. My suggestion is to work the Blackwork Study of Cats prior to the elephant as the cats have the same four patterns that are worked on the elephant so will give you a great foundation prior to working the elephant, but if you are not partial to cats you may do one of the other intermediate designs.

To give you some perspective of the difficulty of the elephant I have graded my blackwork designs below:

Beginners: Introductory to Blackwork Butterfly, Blackwork Etui Box, Blackwork Star, Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork Designs

Beginners/Intermediate: Blackwork Butterflies, Blackwork Fuchsia, Blackwork Horses, Blackwork Lovebirds

Intermediate: Blackwork Chickadee, Blackwork Peacock, Blackwork Pheasants, Blackwork Study of Cats

Advanced: Blackwork Elephant

The blackwork elephant on-line class is on-going through my website so you can join at any time and work it over the length of time you require to complete the elephant. The forum will remain open indefinitely and I will be here to answer questions and critique your embroidery (if you wish) as you are working the elephant. There is approximately 200  - 250 hours of stitching time on the elephant.

The elephant has 9 PDF file lessons with work-in-progress photographs of working the elephant.

The PDF lessons are posted on the forum, the student will be able to download the files and print off the lessons. The lessons will remain on the forum so the student can download and print off the lessons at their leisure.  I can also email the PDf files if you do not want to participate in the forum. The cost of the elephant design is the same whether you particiapte in the forum or not. The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern section on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture. The cost of the elephant design is the same whether you particiapte in the forum or not.

Supplies Required

A set of instructions will be mailed to the student prior to starting which will include the essential diagrams for the elephant and tissue paper to transfer the elephant onto the fabric. I do not provide these in PDF file form.

I also provide a kit of the following supplies, if you already have some of these supplies I can take the cost off your kit.  Please use the same fabric and threads listed below for the best results.

Cost of kit of all supplies is $70.00 Canadian Dollars.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 22 inch by 27 inch 32 Count Antique White Belfast Linen Fabric  •   1 Spool of Black No. 12 Perle Cotton   •   2 Skeins of Black Au Ver a Soie, Soie D'ager Silk Thread   •   3 Skeins of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   •   3 Skeins of Pea-Coat Variegated Weeks Dye Works Thread    •   2 Skeins of Black YLI Silk Thread   •   2 Bobbins of Red Tacking Thread   •   Packet of 5 No. 28 Tapestry Needles   •   Packet of 6 No. 26 Tapestry Needles   •  Two No. 10 crewel needles   •   Two Wire Needle Threaders

Information on Fabric and Thread

The blackwork elephant is worked on 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. To get the best shading results you should work the elephant on 32 count and use the same threads as the original embroidery. If you substitute with a different fabric or threads you may not get the refined, fine art quality of the elephant. The blackwork elephant design took many hours of designing to get just the right look, please reproduce the design using the same fabric and threads to get the best results, thank you.

Tools Required

Embroidery Frame: Either a 24 inch slate frame, or 24 inch scroll frame or a 20 inch by 26 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks. The 24 inch scroll frame is probably the easiest to work the embroidery in.

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Embroidery Scissors

Payment Details


Registration for the class is open for new students who will join the on-going blackwork elephant on-line class forum where you will download the PDF files for the blackwork elephant and work the elephant at your own pace.

You need to have had some experience in blackwork to work the elephant as the elephant is an advanced design. When purchasing the design please email me to let me what blackwork you have done previously. If you have never done blackwork before this project will be too large and overwhelming, this is not an easy design.


Blackwork Elephant On-Line Class and Kit: $520.00 Canadian Dollars

The $520.00 Canadian Dollars cost includes on-line class - 9 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures, participation on the on-line class forum and a kit of supplies (Worth $70.00) to work the elephant. Click Here to see a list of the kit contents. If you already have some of the supplies I can take off the cost of the supplies from your kit BUT it is important to use the same fabric and threads on your elephant for the best results. Substituting with a different fabric or threads will result in a differently shaded elephant.

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Equipment Required

You will require a frame to work the blackwork elephant in. I do not recommend a hoop (ring frame) as it can leave marks on the fabric and spoil your beautiful embroidery. Probably the easiest frame to work the elephant in is a 24 inch scroll frame as you can roll the embroidery on the frame and then it is not a too far a reach to stitch the center of the elephant. I also suggest lacing the fabric at the sides of the frame so that you have tension on all four sides of the frame. There are needlework stores on the internet that sell scroll frames. 

A slightly cheaper option is a 26 inches by 20 inches stretcher bar frame and brass thumb tacks at $25.00 Canadian Dollars. The fabric can't be rolled on the stretcher bar frame so you will have to work the head of the elephant upside down so that you can reach the area that you are working on. You can purchase the stretcher bar frame below.

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You get one packet No. 26 Tapestry Needles and one packet of No. 28 Tapestry Needles in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below. One Packet of Needles costs $3.50 Canadian dollars.

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The kit comes with two wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below. A packet of 3 wire needle threaders costs $1.00 Canadian dollar.

Quantity: View Cart


If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors. One pair of scissors costs $10.00 Canadian dollars.

Quantity: Colour: View Cart


If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Beginners Needle Painting On-line Class

Purple Pansy

Pansy Size: 2 3/4 inches (6 3/4 cm) wide by 4 inches (10 cm) high

Class Description

The purple pansy is a beginners needle painting on-line class but is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is written with the beginner in mind. Whether you are a complete beginner in the needle painting technique or want to brush up on your skills, this is the class for you.

Needle painting is a surface embroidery technique so there are no worries about having to count the threads of the fabric. In this fun on-line class learn the method of transferring the pansy design onto the fabric (optional) and then working the embroidery in stem stitch and long and short stitch to create this realistic pansy.

The student will work the Purple Pansy needle painting embroidery over a one and half month period. The on-line student will receive a pansy kit with a detailed instruction booklet with lots of line diagrams for the pansy.

Three separate on-line class lessons will be posted in PDF files on my website. The PDF files will have lots of work-in-progress colour photos and additional tips to work the embroidery.

 When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure. The lessons will have colour work-in-progress photographs of the pansy with drawn on stitch length and direction indicators to keep the student on the right track and what not to do when working the long and short stitch.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show every stage of the embroidery in the PDF files.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture. You do not have to participate in the critique if you do not want to.

Below is two examples of how I critique a picture. I also post additional information with the picture elaborating on the comments I make on the picture.

Click here to see pictures of some of the previous on-line class students finished pansies.

If you purchased the kit and PDF files for the purple pansy from my website previously and would like to join the forum to participate in the students questions and answers and feedback, please email me your name and address and I will join you to the group. If you have taken the class with me previously through the Shining the Needle and would like to work your pansy and have access to the the on-line forum please email me to let me know and I will join you to the group.

Kit Details

The kit has a 17 page instruction book with step-by-step diagrams of how to work the stem stitch on the stem and long and stitch on the leaves and petals.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric 11 inch by 11 inch. The fabric is a 100% cotton muslin fabric which has 220 threads to the inch so is excellent quality and perfect for the needle painting embroidery.  There is an option of purchasing the kit with or without the design marked on   •   A range of ten DMC embroidery floss's arranged on a numbered floss template   •   One No. 10 crewel needle   •   One Needle Threader

The kit will be sent after registration and payment and will arrive 1 - 2  weeks prior to the beginning of the class.

Tools Required

9 inch by 9 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks

Prick and Pounce Set: Tracing Paper, Metal Pricker, Pattern Pounce and Black Pounce (Optional)

Bohin Transfer Pencil or Similar Mechanical Pencil

No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles (Kit comes with one No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle)

Embroidery Scissors

The above tools can be purchased in class registration.

Class Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. The costs are in Canadian dollars. The Canadian and USA dollar are around Par. You can check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate that you will be paying in the currency of your country.  If you pay by credit card or PayPal you do not need to worry about converting the amount from Canadian dollars to the currency of your country as the credit card company or PayPal will do this for you and the amount will be in your own currency on your credit card bill or PayPal billing.


There is no pansy class running at this time but you may purchase the kit and the 3 PDF on-line class files and work the embroidery independently.

Purple Pansy Needle Painting Kit and 3 PDF File Lessons: $75.00 Canadian Dollars

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Equipment Required

9 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Extra Piece of Fabric with Purple Pansy Design: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Packet of Crewel/Embroidery Needles Size 10: $2.50 Canadian Dollars

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Three Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Intermediate Needle Painting On-line Class

Red Fox

Embroidery Size: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/4 cm)

Class Description

Imagine creating the most realistic looking fox with the biggest personality in stitch. Here is your chance to do it with my guidance.

The fox is particuarly special because the stitches really look like fur and people often remark to me....'the embroidery looks better than a photo or painting'

The fox is worked in the method of long and short stitch which is a surface embroidery technique where you work straight stitches on closely woven cotton fabric, blending various shades of DMC embroidery cotton and layering the stitches to create fur. You will not have to count the threads of the fabric.

The long and short stitch that I teach for the fox is not shown in most long and short stitch/thread painting books and especially in the detail that I cover in the class. This technique can be applied to stitching dogs and cats so will be a useful class to take if you want to stitch your own animal in the future. Even if you are busy in February and March 2014, you can still take the class and save the information from the on-line class for future use.

To take this class you do not have to have a background in long and short stitch as the stitch will be explored in detail in the class. Having worked some of my designs will be an asset but not essential. The fox will be a good prerequisite class to Jimmy the Hamster advanced needle painting on-line class.

The fox on-line class is scheduled over a seven week period. Prior to the class I will mail out a kit for the fox with a detailed instruction booklet with lots of step by step diagrams for working the stitches on fox. If you already have the red fox kit you just need to purchase the on-line class which has the three colour PDF files and access to the forum.

During the class you can learn the method of transferring the red fox design onto the fabric yourself or you can purchase the kit with the fox design already transferred onto to the fabric.

Three separate on-line class lessons will be posted in PDF files on my website. The PDF files will have lots of work-in-progress colour photos and additional tips to work the embroidery.

 When the PDF lesson is posted you will be able to download the file and print off the lesson from the forum or I can email you the PDF files. The lessons will have colour work-in-progress photographs of the red fox with drawn on stitch length indicators to keep you on the right track.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show every stage of the embroidery in the PDF files.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with myself and other students when working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture. You do not have to participate in the critique if you do not want to.

Click here to see pictures of other embroiderers finished red foxes.

Kit Details

If you already have the red fox kit you just need to purchase the on-line class which has the three colour PDF files and access to the forum.

The kit has a 22 page instruction book with step-by-step diagrams of how to work the long and short stitch on the fox.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric 11 inch by 11 inch. The fabric is a 100% cotton muslin fabric which has 220 threads to the inch so is excellent quality and perfect for the needle painting embroidery.  There is an option of purchasing the kit with or without the design marked on   •   A range of twelve DMC embroidery floss's arranged on a numbered thread template   •   One No. 10 crewel needle   •   One Needle Threader

The kit will be sent after registration and payment and will arrive 1 - 2  weeks prior to the beginning of the class.

Tools Required

9 inch by 9 inch or 10 inch by 10 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks

Prick and Pounce Set: Tracing Paper, Metal Pricker, Pattern Pounce and Black Pounce (Optional)

Bohin Transfer Pencil or Similar Mechanical Pencil

No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles (Kit comes with one No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle)

Embroidery Scissors

Class Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. The costs are in Canadian dollars. The Canadian and USA dollar are around Par. You can check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate that you will be paying in the currency of your country.  If you pay by credit card or PayPal you do not need to worry about converting the amount from Canadian dollars to the currency of your country as the credit card company or PayPal will do this for you and the amount will be in your own currency on your credit card bill or PayPal billing.


If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Advanced Needle Painting On-line Class

Jimmy the Hamster 

Jimmy Size: 2 1/2 inches (5 cm) wide by 2 1/2 inches (5 cm) high

Class Description

Jimmy the hamster needle painting on-line class is suitable for advanced stitchers.

In this fun on-line class learn the method of transferring the Jimmy onto the fabric (optional) and then working the embroidery in long and short stitch and satin stitch to create this realistic hamster. The class will come as 4 PDF files with 150 colour work-in-progress pictures of working Jimmy as well as diagrams for transferring the design onto the embroidery, stitch guide and colour guide. This class will give you a great insight into how I stitch a commission standard embroidery.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show every stage of the embroidery in the PDF files.

When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.  The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture.

Kit Details

Kit is optional as you can provide your own supplies if desired. If you decided to provide your own supplies I will email you a list of class requirements after you have registered and paid for the on-line class.

Kit Contents: 1 Piece of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric 11 inch by 11 inch. The fabric is a 100% cotton muslin fabric which has 220 threads to the inch so is excellent quality and perfect for the needle painting embroidery.  There is an option of purchasing the kit with or without the design marked on   •   A range of 16 DMC embroidery floss's arranged on a numbered floss template   •   One No. 10 crewel needle   •   One Needle Threader

The kit will be sent after registration and payment and will arrive 1 - 2  weeks prior to the beginning of the class.

Tools Required

9 inch by 9 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks

Prick and Pounce Set: Tracing Paper, Metal Pricker, Pattern Pounce and Black Pounce (Optional)

Bohin Transfer Pencil or Similar Mechanical Pencil

No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles (Kit comes with one No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle)

Embroidery Scissors

Class Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. The costs are in Canadian dollars. The Canadian and USA dollar are around Par. You can check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate that you will be paying in the currency of your country.  If you pay by credit card or PayPal you do not need to worry about converting the amount from Canadian dollars to the currency of your country as the credit card company or PayPal will do this for you and the amount will be in your own currency on your credit card bill or PayPal billing.


If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Advanced Needle Painting On-line Class

Morning Glories

 

Height: 9 inches (22 cm)     Width: 6 inches (15 cm)

Class Description

The morning glories design is an advanced needle painting on-line class but is suitable for stitches who have experience in surface embroidery.

Needle painting is a surface embroidery technique so there are no worries about having to count the threads of the fabric. In this informative on-line class learn the method of transferring the morning glories design onto the fabric (optional) and then working the embroidery in stem stitch and long and short stitch to create the very realistic morning glories.

The student will work the morning glories needle painting embroidery over a four month period. The on-line student will receive a morning glories kit with a detailed instruction booklet with lots of step by step diagrams om how to stitch the morning glories.

Five separate on-line class lessons will be posted in PDF files on my website. The PDF files will have lots of work-in-progress colour photos and additional tips to work the embroidery.

 When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show every stage of the embroidery in the PDF files with work-in-progress pictures of stitch and needle placement.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture. You do not have to participate in the critique if you do not want to.

If you have taken a class with me previously for the morning glories and would like to join the forum to benefit from the critique there will be an option to join the on-line class forum at the time of class registration for a small fee.

Kit Details

The kit has a 25 page instruction book with step-by-step diagrams of how to work the stem stitch on the stem and long and stitch on the leaves and flowers.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Silk Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch and a piece of Southern Belle muslin cotton fabric to back silk fabric. There is an option of purchasing the kit with or without the design marked on   •   A range of fifteen DMC embroidery floss's arranged on two numbered floss templates   •   Two No. 10 crewel needle   •   One Needle Threader

The kit will be sent after registration and payment and will arrive 1 - 2  weeks prior to the beginning of the class.

Tools Required

12 inch by 12 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks

Prick and Pounce Set: Tracing Paper, Metal Pricker, Pattern Pounce and Black Pounce (Optional)

Bohin Transfer Pencil or Similar Mechanical Pencil

No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles (Kit comes with one No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle)

Embroidery Scissors

The above tools can be purchased in class registration.

Class Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. The costs are in Canadian dollars. The Canadian and USA dollar are around Par. You can check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate that you will be paying in the currency of your country.  If you pay by credit card or PayPal you do not need to worry about converting the amount from Canadian dollars to the currency of your country as the credit card company or PayPal will do this for you and the amount will be in your own currency on your credit card bill or PayPal billing.


If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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