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Master Needle Artisan
hand embroidery
basic knowledge

Drawn Thread Work Pulled Thread Work Needle Weaving (detail) - courtesy of © Valeria (RU)

our most popular distance learning seminar!

professional - intensive - and lots of fun!

Embroidery is a particularly diverse art form. The mastery of many techniques and knowledge about the processing of various materials, as taught in this distance learning seminar, form the basis for your free artistic development. You do not need a chart or an area-fill-by-numbers guide. Inspiration is the only spark! This can be a photo, a painting, a drawing or just your imagination. At the same time, our seminar is a reveling in the colors and structures of the diverse materials that our market offers today. And at the end you can say:

This is my artwork
Created from A-Z with my hands
That's the best feeling in the world!

The focus of our Master Needle Artisan seminar is on learning embroidery techniques, using a variety of materials and translating classical techniques into modern design. Our documentation is built on detailed step-by-step instructions and also provides a brief introduction to the history of various embroidery techniques and advanced theoretical knowledge. The projects combine and implement the techniques learned with modern design options.

The seminar is suitable for: beginners, returnees, sunday stitchers, stitch manicas and all those who can not keep their hands off the needle and thread and enjoy it every day. So forAnyone who likes to work with needle and thread, who is fascinated by the whole range of hand embroidery as much as we are and who are or want to become part of the big world wide family of happy stitchers. You do not need more prerequisites.

Use it to create practice pieces, as a preparation for developing your own courses, to create a sample book, as preparation for study or the practical part of the journeyman's examination for the examination as a Designing Crafts WoMan/subject embroidery or just have fun!

  • Year 1 - Kanevas

    • Canvas
      • Decorative stitches: straight, diagonal, crossed, woven stitches
      • combinations
      • experimental work
      • sampler
      • 1 project
    • Counted Thread Work
      • Cross-stitch (e), braided stitches
      • Assisi, Colbert, Blackwork
      • Pulled and Drawn Thread Work
      • 1 sampler
      • 4 projects

    Year 2 - Surface Work

    • surface embroidery
      • Line stitches, braided stitches, single stitches
      • Ribbon stitches, surface stitches
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project
    • Techniques of white embroidery
      • paddings
      • decorative stitches
      • Eyelets, Cut Work
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    Year 3 - Surface Work

    • Metal / beadwork techniques
      • paddings
      • Couching Techniques
      • Laid Work
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
    • Surface embroidery - stumpwork / ribbon embroidery
      • Leaves, flowers
      • needlepoint lace
      • free forms
      • experimental work
      • 1 sampler
      • 1 project

    year 4

    • Shading
      • Canvas
      • Surface
      • Blackwork
    • thesis
      • own design on a given theme

Rule runtime: 4 x 52 weeks (208 weeks)

Completion / support: 4.5 years

Average working hours per week: 12 - 15 hours

Start date: each Monday
After registration we need about 2 weeks lead time in DE / EU, international 4 weeks. In this timeframe, we will send the invoice and your personal timetable by email.

Shipping of the seminar documents (including prescribed yarns, fabrics, needles):

One-time payment: after receipt of

    • basic knowledge
    • 8 Lessons in Binder
    • 8 supply kits

Annual payment: after receipt of

    • basic knowledge
    • 2 Lessons in Binder (4x)
    • 2 supply kits (4x)

Monthly payment:

    • basic knowledge
    • 1 Lesson in Binder (8x)
    • 1 supply kits (8x)

Shipping within Germany / EU: by GLS
Shipping worldwide: via DHL

Language of the seminar documents: alternatively German or English

Tutoring: by email
You can always contact us by email, we will reply as soon as possible. It's best to add a good resolution photo (front and back) to your question, then we can help even better.
Preference is given to a regular weekly feedback, on request you will receive a report template. You can also use these as activity proof for the registration for the external examination at the Chamber of Crafts!


  • 45cm Easy Frame (2x)
  • 60cm professional slat frame

Source of supply in Germany: Hof Erdenlicht / Tobias Dübler
Detailed instructions for working with the slat frame are included in the documentation.

Embroidery Scissors with a narrow tip

Picture result for stickscheren

Other: well lit workplace

All fees include VAT.

Registration fee: 100 € (non-refundable)

Seminar fee:
The fee can be paid in total (5% discount), as a rate per year (3% discount each), or as a monthly installment.

  • Total fee: 7330 €
  • Annual rate (4x): 1850 €
  • Monthly rate (48x): 159 €

termination options

one time payment:

  • no cancellation possible

annual payment:

  • 12 weeks to the end of lesson 2, 4, 6

monthly payment:

  • 12 weeks to the end of lesson 2
  • then 12 weeks to the end of a lesson

Included in the fees:

  • Documentation
  • support
  • required threads, fabrics, needles
  • confirmation of participation
  • Assessment
  • Certificate
  • Shipping


Confirmation of participation: All projects have been completed, evidence of completion is available in pictorial form

Assessment: Regular feedback, all projects have been completed, the projects are ISTA original

Certificate: Projects were assessed, projects were successfully completed (minimum score) and completed in the timeframe. Deviations from the time frame only by prior agreement

Conditions of Participation Master Needle Artisan

As of July 2019

Start: each Monday

Registration: takes place online, is binding

Registration fee: non-refundable

Seminar fee: after sending out documentation including supplies, reimbursement of the seminar fee is no longer possible.

Written documentation: Must not be copied, digitized or otherwise distributed to third parties or sold / rented in the original. May only be used after previous written agreement for own course purposes.

Copyright: Bärbel Ingeborg Zimber

Support: Tutor can be contacted at any time by email, digital images can be submitted by email. The free childcare time ends 5 years after the agreed beginning of the seminar.

Exploitation rights: By participating in this seminar, participants agree to the use and publication of submitted images and images of submitted projects. The same applies to photos taken at local events for public coverage of the seminar organizer or for self-promotion by the organizer. This includes publishing on websites and on social media through us and our distributors.

Certificates can be issued under the following conditions:

  • Confirmation of participation: All projects have been completed, evidence of completion is available in pictorial form
  • Assessment: Feedback at regular intervals, all projects have been completed, the projects are available to ISTA in the original
  • Certificate: All projects were assessed, projects were successfully completed (minimum score) and completed within the given timeframe. Deviations from the time frame only by prior agreement

payment terms

Due date: upon receipt of the invoice (s) on the agreed dates

  • With annual payment:
    • 4 annual installments
  • At monthly payment by installments:
    • 48 monthly installments

Methods of payment:

  • SEPA direct debit (SEPA countries),
  • PayPal (incl. PayPal Plus - credit card payment / SEPA direct debit without private PayPal account)
  • Credit card

termination options

The respective data will be communicated in the personal timetable.

  • at a rate per year:
    • 12 weeks to the end of lesson 2, 4, 6
  • with monthly installment:
    • 12 weeks to the end of lesson 2
    • then 12 weeks to the end of a lesson

Contractual conditions

The basis of the contract is the registration; it is considered accepted by the confirmation of registration. Jurisdiction is the seat of House of Textile Arts e. K.

Download conditions of participation

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project examples
Courtesy of our participants