World Embroidery Series II: Stumpwork Embroidery

A Virtual Class with Veronica Fuentes

A Virtual Class with Veronica Fuentes on Thursday, September 28th, 2023


Stumpwork is a style of raised embroidery that was first popular in England in the 17th century. Girls were taught to sew at a very young age, an essential skill at the time. For embroidery students, the final and most challenging task was to embroider a box using raised embroidery. Traditionally the box will depict mythical or biblical scenes with castles, flowers, birds, animals, fruits, butterflies, kings, and queens. 

In this class, Veronica will walk you through a brief history of the technique, share some historical and contemporary examples, and explain some of the contemporary approaches to stumpwork embroidery. 

In the class, you will learn how to make a 3-dimensional flower with a stem and a leaf. Veronica will demonstrate the process of how to make a petal and a leaf with a stumpwork technique that uses wire and thread. Then she will demonstrate how to cut the leaves from the fabric and assemble the 3-dimensional flower. 

A detailed PDF with instructions on how to transfer the design to fabric will be shared one week before the class so that the focus during class is on the stitching techniques.

Thursday, September 28th, 2023


12pm – 2:30pm EST

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

$60 for the individual class, $350 for the series

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.


  • Scissors: One pair for thread and one pair for fabric
  • Side cutter pliers 
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Sewing or beading awl 
  • DMC Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Fabric glue 
  • Embroidery needle
  • White cotton fabric
  • Cloth Covered Stem Wire – 22 Gauge 
  • Beading wire –  26 gauge 
  • Small wooden bead size 0.25 inches
  • Set or fabric markers of different colors (optional) 

Veronica Fuentes

Veronica is an illustrator and designer based in Queens, New York. With a studio art degree from Hunter College, she has worked for various creative studios in the city. Her passion for drawing and painting, combined with inspiration from nature and her imagination, shapes her unique artistic style. Veronica is also a self-taught embroidery artist specializing in the intricate art of stumpwork embroidery. Currently, she focuses on surface design, aiming to transform her art into wearable pieces. Her creations reflect a seamless fusion of traditional and contemporary techniques, capturing the essence of personal style and artistic expression.



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