Sew Far Sew Good is a space for my fellow thread creeps. Here I will share my online class, kits and how you can start your own stitching journey.  I’ll also provide updates on upcoming workshops that will teach you the skills that would almost guarantee a life of riches if you somehow found a time machine that could transport you back to the 16th century tapestry renaissance, or give you something artistic to do when you’re not at your day job. Either way, you’ll have a blast.

Illustration by Jay Gordon


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Painting with Thread: Modern Embroidery for Beginners

Embroidery is for everyone with something to say — and Danielle Clough is here to help you find your voice.

Stuffy embroidery with rigid rules is a thing of the past — find new inspiration and a new way to express your creativity with a master embroiderer! Known for her groundbreaking techniques and nontraditional materials, Danielle’s warm and funny teaching style will make you wonder why you’ve never tried this before.

Danielle believes that embroidery is for absolutely everyone, and her colourful class breaks down the process of stitching into simple, easy to follow steps. From preparing your needle, thread, and fabric, through basic stitches, to her signature (and surprisingly simple) colour-blending stitching technique, this class will have you working with fabric and thread as comfortably as you do with your tablet, your paints, or your pencils.

Working with Danielle, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create a variety of basic stitches, including French knots
  • Use stitching to create different textures, color gradients, and dimension
  • Prepare your fabric, hoop, design, and needle and thread
  • Create a complete (and beautiful) floral embroidery

If you are not convinced yet, have a look at the Skillshare Spotlight on Colossal


There are a squillion kits available out there so I decided to create something special and unique. Something limited and curated. The Amazon opposite. Every piece in this kit has helped my process or captured my eye. A lot of these items have their own stories and background. These are products I love and that I am passionate about sharing.

The first kit ACID REIGN had the most amazing snips from Canada (LDH), hand-dyed thread twists that will only ever be available in this kit with the debut of the ACID REIGN colour palette (House of Embroidery), hand made polymer clay thread keeper (Lichen and Leaf) and I have all the stories printed on riso with Dream Press. There were 20 kits in this edition and all are sold out.

The second edition of my Favourite Finds; BACKYARD BARBIE has some of the same supplies (if it ain’t broke!) and a whole lot of evolved elements like linen preshrunk and stretched on custom made frames and a ton of colour-rich, hand-dyed shiny bamboo threads. There will be 35 kits in this edition.

All the items mentioned in my Skillshare class are included and then some. Even bright lime tape for your frayed edges!

The BACKYARD BARBIE embroidery kit is currently in progress
The ACID REIGN embroidery kit launched in December 2020.  The edition is sold out.


The Sew Far Sew Good workshops are introductory classes on making handmade embroidered pieces through a mixture of learning traditional techniques and tricks from an ‘accidental professional’. These pieces can be for display or made into patches. No matter what your skill level, the class will focus on gearing their design ideas to your ability. Whether you need to learn to thread a needle or are a professional, its a class on finding little tricks and hacks to making your own unique embroidered work.

I am firm believer in just making things, making mistakes and figuring things out along the way. To sum it up: If you’re not making mistakes you’re doing something wrong. Which means you’re making a mistake. Which means you’re fine.


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