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9 Hand Embroidery Workshops to Boost Your Creativity this January

Updated: Dec 20, 2023


MCreativeJ January Workshops

I love that a new year often holds the promise of starting something new or diving into a focus area. While I'm not big on New Years resolutions (too much pressure!), I do love the opportunity to dabble in areas of interest and explore creatively.


If you're looking to give hand embroidery a try, then look no further! I'm Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ and I teach hand embroidery workshops. I've been sharing my love of hand embroidery for more a decade and teaching workshops for over 4 years. I love that ah-ha moment when things spark to life in class.


Each workshop is a hands-on experience for you to learn. No matter the class, I start off from the very beginning and guide you through step-by-step. Each workshop covers a variety of hand embroidery stitches and includes one-on-one time with me. You'll be able to ask questions, try needle arts, and craft with fellow maker enthusiasts.


See what hand embroidery workshops are coming up and make a plan to get stitching. Join me for an embroidery workshop this January.


January Hand Embroidery Workshops:


embroidered lettering workshop

January 2: Embroider Your Word of the Year from 6:30-8:30pm PST at Monster

Want to decide on a focus for your year? Each student will decide on a word that clarifies what they will focus on in 2023. Join fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for a two-hour, hands-on workshop. We'll cover 5 different beginner-friendly embroidery stitches that are great for stitching lettering, along with tips and tricks to stitch your favorite phrases. Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes a wooden embroidery hoop, embroidery needle, full skeins of embroidery thread, surprise cotton fabric, transfer pen, and printed instructions.

Sign up for class here.


Desert Fabric Landscape In progress

January 6: Fabric Landscape Applique and Embroidery from 1-3pm PST at Monster

Let’s create collage landscapes with fabric! Learn how to create your own fabric landscape using applique embroidery with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. This two-hour, hands-on workshop will cover how to pair fabrics to create your own unique landscapes, basic applique and beginner-friendly embroidery stitches like the running stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, and fly stitch. Each participant will receive a full class kit that includes an embroidery hoop, cotton fabrics, full skeins of embroidery thread, embroidery needle, sewing pins, backing materials, and printed instructions.

Sign up for this class here.


Woodland Napkin workshop sample with embroidered strawberries and daisies

January 7: Woodland Napkin Embroidery from 2-4pm and 4:30-6:30p, PST at Wyldwood Creative

Bring the woodlands to your table with these gorgeous embroidered napkins! From flowers to trees and fruits to mushrooms, these forest forage designs are perfect to celebrate spring and summer dining. Join Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for a 2 hour, hands-on workshop stitching your own unique napkins. We’ll cover the seed stitch, stem stitch, detached chain stitch, French knot, and button hole stitch. When you join this class, you’ll also receive a full kit that includes a beechwood embroidery hoop, two white cotton napkins, an embroidery needle, full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, forest forage transfer patterns, and printed instructions. No experience required! This is a great class whether you're new to embroidery or have been embroidering for awhile. Join us for a fun afternoon of stitching and socializing! Sign up for either class session here.


Jean jacket next to pink, blue, and green t-shirts all with hand embroidery on them

January 9: Upcycle Your Clothing with Hand Embroidery from 6:30-8:30pm PST at Monster

Cover up stains and small holes in your clothing with hand embroidery. Join fiber artist and author Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for a hands-on workshop. Simply bring a garment to embroider and we’ll provide you with playful nature-inspired sample designs to stitch. This class will cover helpful dos and don’ts of embroidering garments as well as stitches best suited for your individual garment and pattern. Each attendee will also receive an embroidery hoop, thread, needle, and stabilizer to get started. This workshop is beginner-friendly and no prior embroidery experience is required. Attendees will need to bring their own garments to embroider.

Sign up for class here.


Two embroideries that say 'you are loved' and 'you are magic', surrounded by plants.

January 12: Positive Plants from 6-8pm PST at Make Apothecary

Let’s stitch a little positivity into our everyday lives. Join Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for Positive Plants embroidery, a hands-on beginner-friendly workshop. In this two-hour class we’ll use hand dyed indigo fabric and choose from four phrases (You are loved, you are magic, you are enough, or you belong here) or create your own to stitch among leaves. Melissa will share how to prep your hoop, transfer your pattern, and use the back stitch, stem stitch, and lazy daisy stitch to create your own positive plant design. All materials for class are included: a wooden embroidery hoop, indigo dyed cotton fabric, full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, embroidery needle, 4 pattern options, transfer paper, felt, sawtooth hook, and printed instructions.

Sign up for class here.


wildflower embroidery basics workshop sample surrounded by patterns and thread.

January 14: Wildflower Embroidery Basics from 2-4pm PST at Picket Fence Art Studio

Flower power time! Learn to embroider wildflowers in this embroidery basics workshop with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. This two-hour, hands-on workshop covers a variety of beginner-friendly embroidery stitches such as the satin stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, reverse chain stitch, leaf stitch, and French knot. Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes: a wooden embroidery hoop, floral transfer designs, embroidery needle, full skeins of embroidery thread, surprise pink pattern fabric, backing materials, and printed instructions.

Sign up for class here.


January 24: Crazy Quilt a Needle Book from 6-9pm PST at Monster

Looking for a way to store your sewing needles? Needle books are the best way to store all your needles, pins, thread bits, and more! Learn how to machine sew your own book in this class with Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. Melissa’s mom taught her how to crazy quilt when she was in elementary school. And it only took her 4 years to finish her first quilt… Don’t worry, quilted needle books are much quicker to make! This three-hour workshop will cover how to crazy quilt the outside of the needle book, as well as finish it with four inside felt pages. Class participants will get to choose from a wide variety of fabrics to create their own unique book design. Got your own sewing machine? Let us know if you will be bringing it along - machines will be provided if needed.

Sign up for class here.


Fluffy moth embroidery surrounded by moth patterns

January 25: Fluffy Moths Embroidery from 6:30-8:30pm PST at Monster

You’ll be a flutter over these whimsical and fluffy moths. Do you want to learn to create fluffy stitches? Join fiber artist Melissa Galbraith for an embroidery workshop. In a two hour, hands-on workshop we’ll cover a variety of embroidery stitches such as the satin stitch, split back stitch, fly stitch stitch, French knot, and turkey work. Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes a wooden embroidery hoop, moth transfer designs, an embroidery needle, full skeins of embroidery thread, cream cotton fabric, backing materials, and printed instructions. This workshop is for makers of all skill levels and no prior embroidery experience is required.

Sign up for class here.


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January craft classes with MCreativeJ

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