Embroidery as Drawing

A Virtual Class with Beverly Army Williams

For nearly as long as people have made cloth, they have embroidered it. Early examples of embroidery have been found in Egypt, China, Peru, and Central Asia, with the earliest example dating from the second millennium BC. It’s no wonder embroidery has enjoyed tremendous longevity; embroidery can be the manifestation of cultural aesthetics, a way to mark important historical events, or an expression of personal creativity.

This class invites you to explore and express your creativity by using embroidery as a drawing medium. This is a two session class. We’ll practice nine stitches, sketch simple drawings, and transform a sketch into meaningful embroidery. This class will give you the confidence to break free from pre-printed embroidery kits and express yourself with needle, thread, and cloth.

1st Session: Sunday, February 5th, 2023

2nd Session: Sunday, February 12th, 2023


11am – 1pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants
the day before class.


**These sessions will be recorded. A link to the recordings will be emailed to all those who register following the live sessions. This link is live for one week for you to watch at your convenience.


  • Small journal or several sheets of paper
  • Pencil and any other marking tools
  • 2” square template (draw on cardboard or stock and cut out)
  • Heat erasable pen (Beverly recommends FriXion pens)
  • 12” x 12” muslin, white cotton, or linen
  • 12” x 12” muslin or white cotton (to be used as backing if desired)
  • 12” x 12” gingham fabric
  • Hoop (6” is ideal)
  • Needles: embroidery, tapestry, and milliners will all be useful
  • Threads: 6-ply embroidery floss, Scraps of yarn (at least 12” long) (Beverly suggests using the same color for all threads)
  • Optional: thimble

Gale Zucker Photography

Beverly Army Williams

Beverly Army Williams has been smitten with textiles and fiber arts since she was seven. An avid crocheter, knitter, weaver, quilter, and garment maker, she has been embroidering for 18 years. Her embroidery explores the power of repetition and expressive lines. She regularly embarks on long-term embroidery projects, most recently embroidering a series of abstract pieces in 2” squares. 

When not stitching, Beverly teaches writing, makes poems, plays with watercolors, and hikes with her husband and two dogs in the woods of Connecticut. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @Beverly_Army13 or visit her website at www.beverlyarmywilliams.com.

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