New Needle Painting Lessons

Hello world!

Hope your week is going well.  This week I am pleased to announce the arrival of the first Complete Needle Painting Lesson, now available for sale in the Etsy shop.

Complete Lesson
Complete Lesson

As promised last year I would be replacing the online classes with a comprehensive lesson that can be done in your own time, in the comfort of your home.  One of the main problems students have experienced in the past with the online classes was the ability to complete the lesson in the allotted time – sometimes, personal matters got in the way – well here you have it, no more lesson deadlines, you can work this at your own pace, have plenty of time to practice the individual elements and develop your skills.   You are welcome to email me if you need help, and subject to my being in the office I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Little bird & Flower project
Little bird & Flower project

 I have spent many months designing and working on the perfect project that would include all the essentials of needle painting embroidery.  The instruction booklet starts with the technique, materials and preparation and also provides a full list of all the materials and threads.  The project instructions are detailed including over 30 step by step photographs of each stage and little hints to help along the way.  This involved hundreds of journeys up and down the stairs to my office but know you will all appreciate the effort? 🙂

The lesson is available in three different formats:

  1. Digital download
  2. Embroidery Pattern kit
  3. Thread pack (coming soon)


The digital download can be instantly downloaded from the Etsy shop and you can be up and running as soon as you have got your materials together.  There is a tracing outline, instructions and full material list included.


The pattern kit includes a 28 page instruction booklet printed in full colour, plus the fabric with pre-printed outline, backing fabric and needles.


An optional thread pack with 18 full skeins of DMC stranded cotton and one Gutermann sewing thread is available to complete the kit, or you can provide your own.  Unfortunately, I have had a problem sourcing the DMC threads locally so I had to source them from an overseas supplier and thus the thread packs will not be available till next week.  This is something I have experienced many times in the past.  Due to the numerous colours needed for each project it is not always possible to obtain bulk amounts of each colour and this is the main reason I do not provide thread packs with my kits.  But I do understand that if you are a beginner and have not accumulated stock of thread it is nice to have the option of purchasing them together with the pattern.


This lesson is for LEVEL ALL – which means it is suitable for beginners but could also be done by embroiderers who have some previous experience with the technique and like to brush up on their skills.


In addition to this I have a little surprise for you –   I have made the little bird and flower project up into a  needle case which you can show off to all your friends or when attending classes or guild meetings! The PDF pattern is available here as a free download with my compliments.   Pattern for needlecase

needle case pattern
needle case pattern
inside of needle case
inside of needle case

I don’t normally end with a joke but my Mum told me this on Sunday and  thought you could do with a laugh:

Four brothers left home for University, and they became successful doctors and lawyers. One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the 95th birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who moved to the Gold Coast . The first said, “You know I had a big house built for Mum.” The second said, “And I had a large theatre built in the house.” The third said, “And I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her.” The fourth said, “You know how Mum loved reading the Bible and you know she can’t read anymore because she can’t see very well. I met this Minister who told me about a parrot who could recite the entire Bible. It took ten Ministers almost 8 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $50,000 a year for five years to the church, but it was worth it. Mum only has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it.”

The other brothers were impressed. After the celebration Mum sent out her “Thank You” notes. She wrote: Michael , the house you built is so huge that I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.” “Mervin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks.” ” Mark , you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound and it can hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I’ve lost my hearing, and I’m nearly blind. I’ll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.” “Dearest Mitchell, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you so much.”

On that note, wherever you are be it winter, spring, summer or autumn have a wonderful week, keep smiling and many happy stitching hours.

21 thoughts on “New Needle Painting Lessons”

  1. Thank you so much Trish.   You are an inspiration and I am so joyful just looking at your beautiful work.   Christine Bjorklund, Redding, CA USA 

  2. Itvs very splendid . Sorry m’y n’égalise is bad ,is this lesson ni french please ?
    Thank Trish to your answer

  3. Hi Trish I am trying to source a blank heart Minaudière kit . I have tried Country bumpkin but they are no longer able to supply one. I have also googled to no avail, tried eBay and Gumtree. If you know a supplier any where could you please let me know Thanks Heather Seamons

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Hi Heather sorry am not able to help. I do remember that Inspirations published a book on heart designs some years ago not sure if that is exactly what you are looking for. Best of luck. Trish

  4. Trish, thank you for this first Complete Needle Painting Lesson. This little bird is a charmer. And thank you as well for the free needlecase.

    I noticed you said it was the “first” complete lesson. Will there be others?

  5. Thank you so much for the lovely pattern for the needlecase. I just printed it out and now I have a way to use the small designs from your books after I finish the practice. That was very kind of you. God bless.

  6. Trish- Looks as though you have been really busy. I’m going to send out the link to your online class in my next newsletter (April 1st). Hope you get lots of response.

    Jan Reed

    The Wooly Thread


    Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:28:07 +0000 To:

  7. Dear Trish, Thank you so much for the free birdie needlecase. It’s so cute & am very motivated to get stuck in and made it asap!! Thank you, you are so kind!

    Love Adrie Strong (Sew Heavenly)

  8. Hi Trish,

    First of all, thanks for the ‘chicken’ laugh, I needed that. Secondly, another thank you for the needlecase pattern, such a lovely useful project.

    Now, the lesson project – this is lovely by the way. Even though I have your DVD, I still feel this project would be a good idea. My only dilemma is, do I go for a hard copy or digital.

    I have to say I do prefer hard copies of things like this, as it gives me a complete break from the computer. I know there is an option to print out the digital, however, my printer uses that much ink, I think it may be better to go the old fashioned way of ‘through the post’. Being typically English, I will have a cup of tea and then decided.

    Have a good week

    1. Hi Shelagh I would go for the hard copy it has the fabric printed which will make all the difference plus nice clear print. In the end its up to you:) Trish

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