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Palette 11: Creating Machine Embroidery Designs with a Hand Embroidery Look

With 40+ hours recreating the designs on our Mirabel dress, there was a huge focus on using specialty threads and specific techniques in digitizing to master this look. Come learn techniques that were used and create your own design with these effects!

In this class, you will learn how to use Palette 11 to select, create, or modify designs that lend well to creating a hand embroidered design. In addition, you will learn how to machine embroidery with thicker threads such as 12 wt Spagetti threads and wool threads. You will also learn how to create a simple run stitch that is very thick for use with 40 wt threads that can still appear as hand embroidery stitching. 

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to come to class with your own computer, embroidery machine, a 5" x 7" hoop and 3-4 colors of embroidery threads. There will be additional threads in the classroom for sampling techniques. 

If you do not currently own Palette 11, we will guide you through installing a demo version on your PC Windows computer. Please note that you will be able to finish the activities presented in this class but will not be able to save these files to test stitch on your machine. Only a full license will enable you to save files in a digitized format for your sewing machine.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:

Ages 15+

Must know how to operate Palette 11 and how to do basic machine embroidery operations. If you are new to machine embroidery, you must take Intro to Machine Embroidery


If you are new to Palette 11, you must take Getting Acquainted with Palette 11 first.

Materials Included:

All materials needed for this class can be purchased for an additional $20. If you opt to only pay for the class, these are the materials you will need to bring:

  • USB Drive, no larger than 2GB
  • 1 yd of Cutaway Stabilizer
  • 1 FQ of cotton fabric
  • 1 prewound bobbin
  • 1 embroidery thread

Additional items you will need but may be offered at classroom stations include:

  • Embroidery machine
  • 5in x 7in embroidery hoop

Cancellation Policy

A Student may cancel a class registration via email ( or by phone at 214-358-3549.

Cancellations with more than 3 days prior notice may request a full refund. Cancellations received 1 - 3 days before the class will receive credit towards another class. Any cancellations on the day of the class cannot be refunded or transferred.

Read our full Classroom Policies here.

$60 Class + $20 Materials
(including materials with the class fee is optional)

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.