CREATIVE MACHINE THREAD SKETCHING: Basic Techniques Foundation Course

Everything you need to know when beginning Thread Sketching and Thread Painting

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Learn the fundamentals of thread sketching and thread painting with this starter course and projects.

A Thread Sketching 'Basics' Course for Beginners.

Grow from beginner to thread sketching fanatic!

If you've ever wanted to try free machine thread sketching, but haven't known where to start, this Thread Sketching Basics course is for you!

Skill level: Easy / Beginner

By learning how to create your own designs, thread sketching and thread painting offer unlimited opportunities to create unique stitched art.

No prior experience required!

This course is designed for beginners new to the world of free motion machine thread sketching and thread painting.

Perhaps you've already had a go, and become frustrated because you don't know the basics of setting up, stitching and creating stitched art?

Develop your skills and build the confidence to create your own unique designs by learning the right things, from the start.

Worried you don't have any experience with free motion stitching?

Stop feeling frustrated or that you're being left behind – you're in the right place!

I will show you what to do, and how to do it.

I'll be at your side if you need help.

I understand what it's like to be a beginner – and I'm here to guide you on your thread sketching journey.

It's helpful if you are familiar with the basic functions of your sewing machine, but experience with free motion stitching is NOT a prerequisite.

In fact, this course is designed just for you ... it will open the doors to a wider world of textile art that is just waiting for you to explore.


What you'll learn ...

Overcome the most common hurdles faced by people wanting to try thread sketching:

Where do I even begin?

What equipment do I need?

How do I set up my machine for free motion stitching?

How do I prevent puckering as I stitch?

Learn the two basic stitches required for creative machine thread sketching and thread painting that can be worked on (almost) any domestic sewing machine.

Follow the videos and downloadable guidelines for making the demonstration projects that will inspire you to begin exploring and developing your own unique style of art.


What you'll get ...

Lessons delivered in digestible, bite-size pieces [video instruction and downloadable files].

Step-by-step instructions in easy-to-follow video format.

Downloadable PDF notes and designs to print and keep. This includes a printable eBook: Puckering When Thread Sketching (and how to avoid it).

Online access to me if you need assistance.

24/7 – Lifetime access* Watch and review as often as you like, from the comfort of your own home.

100% [30-day] guarantee.

The included projects introduce you to basic concepts, and challenge you just enough so that you can move onwards and upwards, developing your own ideas.

The techniques are easy to master (with just a little practice) and offer unlimited scope for creativity.

When you use your sewing machine as a pencil or pen, to draw with thread or embellish your appliqué, you are entering a wondrous world where almost any effect is possible.


Is this course right for you?

I want you to be happy with your decision to enrol in this beginner class.

This online class is designed for:

  • Beginners at free motion stitching and creative machine thread sketching, thread painting and free embroidery.
  • No prior experience in free motion stitching is required.
  • Also suitable for those who have taken their first steps in creative thread sketching but need guidance and encouragement.
  • This class will help you get started – it does not cover advanced techniques.
  • This is not a class on Free Motion Quilting (although the fundamentals of free motion stitching are the same).

What you need ...

  • A domestic sewing machine capable of free motion stitching. **Details given in the course or contact me if you have any questions.
  • Basic sewing supplies.
  • Cotton fabric.
  • Stabilizer. **Details given in the course.
  • Low-loft batting.
  • Machine embroidery threads.

All requirements are fully described in the course material, and include comprehensive, downloadable PDFs. It's quite possible you have many of the necessary items in your sewing kit already!

Also required ...

A strong, stable internet connection to view the HD videos.


My Goal ...

To introduce you to the world of free motion thread sketching and build your confidence with easy projects and stitch techniques.

Before you know it, you'll have created thread sketched designs that will surprise and delight!

At the end of the course you will be well-equipped to begin exploring your own ideas with more challenging projects.

Course Curriculum

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Invest in your creative thread sketching future.

This course will get you started on an exciting journey into the world of creative thread sketching.

Why wait?

Take your first steps today by hitting the ENROLL button now!

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What students say ...

Hi! I just wanted to say hello and thank you! I have never taken an art, sewing, or quilt class. Having beencompletely self-taught has been fun BUT I am thrilled to have found you! Your style, manner, and expertise are perfect for me to learn new skills and enhance others! I am having so much fun learning from you! [Suzanne]


I've just been through the course, so I know what to expect, and find it clear and easy to follow. The Lifetime access is so useful, as like many others, I have to fit the course around other things, and had it been access for a set time, I'd have found it difficult to complete. As it is, I'll be able to relax and make the most of the time I have to create and stitch. Looking forward to beginning [Alison]


What a wonderful course, I'm so pleased that I subscribed. Thank you for sharing your expertise and making the lessons so accessible and easy to follow. [Ann]


Your Instructor

Deborah Wirsu
Deborah Wirsu

Deborah Wirsu is an Australian Textile Artist who has created hundreds of pieces of thread sketched and machine embroidered art, patterns and quilts, plus dozens of demonstration videos, tutorials and courses on these subjects.

She has also published several books on various topics, which are available at in paperback and Kindle ebook formats :

Creative Thread Sketching: a Beginner's Guide

Appliqué Art Quilts Inspired by Stained Glass: a contemporary variation on stained glass quilt technique – without bias tape.

Art Quilt Finishing Essentials: How to Bind, Display, Label, Store, and Care for your Art Quilts.

Her Work...

With a love of freestyle stitching, she builds texture and detail on collaged, dyed and painted surfaces, creating art quilts, thread sketches and textile pieces.

She has given workshops, presentations and talks, exhibited and sold works online and in various countries, and been featured in Australian Quilters Companion magazine a number of times.

Her Business...

Deborah runs a successful online Arts Education business from her website [formerly]

In her 'spare time', Deborah is also a professional Musician - performing in orchestras and chamber music, and teaching viola and violin. Just in case this isn't enough, Deborah is also a published author and editor, and teaches English to ESL (English Second Language) students.

Deborah is involved in a number of community organisations in the Arts and Music fields, and loves to play opera!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. *'Lifetime access' refers to the lifetime of me (your tutor), my businesses at Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy and Thread Sketching in Action, or this course.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Which currency can I use to purchase this course?
This course can be purchased in US dollars (USD) or Australian dollars (AUD).