Get Mastered – 5 steps to creating truly original embroidery

Get Mastered

We love the incredible creativity and modern approach to stitching  here on Mr X Stitch. Who wouldn’t get inspired by this?

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But what if you’re getting good with a needle, yet your vision is still stuck at basic? If you’re tired of relying on kits and someone else’s creative ideas, you need to find your own approach.

Here at Mastered, we were lucky enough to film a course with embroidery superstar Diana Springall.


Described as “one of the UK’s greatest embroiderers”, Diana has  taught and lectured everywhere from the V&A to Goldsmiths and has five embroidery books to her name. Her work appears in public collections and private houses across the world and still, in her 70s, she continues to accept commissions.

In her online Creative Embroidery course she takes you from blank sketch-book to designing your own custom piece of embroidery.

And if you’re ready to unleash your own stitching imagination, here are five of her top tips:

  1. Don’t be prescriptive when it comes to inspiration. Any object can inspire; even a pair of scissors.
  2. The design process is just as important as the making. Don’t neglect the time spent with a sketchbook and a pencil.
  3. Don’t look at the things that inspire you in the same way every time. Be abstract rather than exact. For example, if you look at a leaf, it’s made up of many, many colours. Not just green.
  4. A stitch is not just a stitch. You can experiment with colour, thickness and texture.
  5. Leave your embroidery for a day or two. This helps you detach yourself enough to constructively criticise your work.

Take a free trial of Diana’s course here. The first 100 to enrol in the course will receive a signed copy of her latest book and will be in with the chance of winning an afternoon at her studio for a private tour and embroidery lesson. You’ll also become one of Mastered’s Founding 500, with exclusive offers, opportunities and prizes.


Cheryl Adamson
Head of Customer Experience and Success at Mastered. Loves sharing business advice, admiring beautiful things and eating cake.
Cheryl Adamson


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@Jessiedib It really was! So many good vibes in the room. - 2 months ago
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