In-Person Classes

World-class needlework instruction has come to Chicago! Whether you’re looking for the gentlest possible introduction to embroidery or an in-depth technique intensive, chances are you’ll find it at our flagship Ravenswood location. Maydel hosts teachers from all over, including beloved locals Shannon Downey and Lauren Yeager.

Coming up next:

colorful looped stitches embroidery sampler on brick red fabric in a hoop

Stitch Builders: Looped Stitches with Lauren Yeager

Saturday, September 7th from 10am–3:30pm

This class is part of Lauren Yeager’s Stitch Builders series, which is perfect for both beginning and intermediate stitchers. In each class, students will spend the day practicing 8 different embroidery stitches as they create a sampler to showcase what they’ve learned. The June 1st session will cover a group of stitches worked by looping the thread, including:

  • Wheatear
  • Van Dyke
  • Herringbone
  • Buttonhole
  • Chain
  • Heavy chain
  • Cretan
  • Coral stitch

The Stitch Builders series will also introduce you to foundational embroidery skills such as how to thread the needle, how to start and end your threads, and how to use an embroidery hoop.

The class fee also includes all needed supplies such as fabric, needles, floss, and a hoop.

Private classes

To book a private embroidery class in our studio (many levels and techniques available), please get in touch. Private classes require a $150 non-refundable deposit and a minimum of 4 students.

Recent previous classes:

realistic embroidery of a pansy spray on gold silk

May 5th – Introduction to Needle Painting with Lauren Yeager

An embroidery stitch sampler of small geometric designs in bright primary colors on dark blue fabric

March 30th – Stitch Builders: Textured Stitches with Lauren Yeager

a navy tshirt embroidered with circular designs around the yoke in blue and green

February 10th – Stitch Builders: Foundations with Lauren Yeager