Slow Stitch Collage

Supplies Students Need To Have On Hand:

Sharp scissors

Glue stick (any brand)

A few straight pins and safety pins

Batting in the size you wish to work (approximately 14×20)

Embroidery or large eye needles and embroidery threads to experiment with. Any threads you have is a good place to start. Different thicknesses and colors add interesting contrasts. If you can thread it through a needle, it will work! You can also try Bohn self-threading needles (my favorite), if you do not have patience for threading needles.



We will be working small, so you will not need large amounts of any of your fabric choices. Bring a selection of fabrics that you like, are easy to hand stitch through and vary in textures.

5-7 (or more) interesting fabrics to build your background layers.

Prints that read as solid

Nubby linens or wovens

Modern graphics or text prints (subtle)

Interesting color palette pairings

Hand dyed fabrics, repurposed fabric

The more you mix the more interesting it becomes!


Small scraps of wool, velvet, or printed fabrics to use for your center image. These could be anything!