Hand Embroidery: Tropical Fish Bag

Get hooked on stitching and scale up your embroidery game! In this class, you’ll learn eleven new embroidery stitches, stitching fish-by-fish on this custom printed cotton sateen panel. When you are done stitching the embellishments, in the last lesson you’ll learn how to finish yours into a 12×8 inch zippered project bag.

Featured stitches in this project: rosette stitch, herringbone, arrow, feather, buttonhole, wheatear with sequins, sorbello, rope, stepped threaded running, shisha, fly stitch with sequins, fishbone stitch, figure eight knots.

There’s a materials list with everything you’ll need for this project below. In the lessons, you’ll find a picture-in-picture view so you can see both the instructor and a close up view of the studio table so you can see every stitch step-by-step.

What’s included in this class:

200 minutes of video lessons

Step by step demos from start to finish

Resources for materials & favorite tools

Lots of photos with close up views of the stitches

Lessons are accessible via your web browser on any device

What you’ll need to provide for this project

• A materials kit including the printed fish panel, sequins and optional thread is available for $10 in my Etsy Shop.

• scissors, needle
• embroidery floss or perle cotton thread
• optional: an embroidery hoop or fusible fleece fabric

More details about colors, recommended materials, and sources for purchasing materials are included in the lessons. The intro lesson is open to everyone so you can watch and collect your materials before your register for the class. Just click the enroll button below and you will see the Intro lesson “unlocked” in the list of lessons.

This is the best kind of school!

This class has a specific project that we will work on together, but you can use these stitches for so many other things! The fish design gives you lots of opportunity to practice, just like a sampler, but at the end you get something you can make into a fun object you can use. Don’t want a project bag? Use your panels as a tote bag pocket, add to a pillow or even frame them!

I’m trying something new. You should too.

This class is a hybrid. I also offered a live Zoom version of this class held on Thursdays at noon starting January 2024. This on-demand version parallels those live lessons, so you can take the live class and use this pre-recorded version if you miss a lesson, need a review, or want to make another fish.

In this on-demand version you work at your own pace, completing the lessons on your schedule whenever you want to stitch. There’s a comments section in every lesson to ask questions if you need help.

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Cost: This class is $25.
Level: Intro/Beginner

About Becka, the instructor

Becka Rahn works in a micro-studio in Minneapolis. She creates pieces in fabric and paper, specializing in hand embroidery and surface designs using recycled papers. She has received grant awards from Jerome, McKnight Foundation, and MN State Arts Board for her work. She’s the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a DIY guide to designing your own fabrics and wallpaper. She is passionate about helping artists conquer technology barriers to make their work more accessible.