Couture Embroidery Techniques

Couture Embroidery Techniques

Term 2 – 23 April to 7 July 2018
Term 3 – 16 July to 29 September 2018
Term 4 – 8 October to 22 December 2018

Mid-term enrolments may be available. Please contact the college for further information.

Course Session Times

Sessions are run on:
Friday – 8.30am to 12pm for 3.5 hours
Friday – 12:30pm to 4pm for 3.5 hours or
Thursday evenings – 6pm to 9.30pm for 3.5 hours

Course Summary

This course is taught by award-winning textile artist Eranga Bandaranayake and provides an introduction to hand embroidery and embellishments, exploring creative techniques that provide endless applications in industries such as couture sewing, bridal, costume and millinery. The course encourages deriving inspiration from nature, exploring and converting the studies into textile medium using decorative techniques in order to enhance the aesthetics and appearance of fashion and textile products. The students will apply the knowledge and skill to create a fashion accessory based on their own design.

It suits students, fashion designers and individuals who are interested in embellishment to increase their skills, create a portfolio piece or just enjoy creating beautiful unique garments. Design students wishing to complete a portfolio piece would benefit from taking the course over a full day per week. All students may attend more than one session per week in order to progress their work more quickly.

Embroidery and Embellishment is a very broad topic and continuing students will be provided with projects and instruction to attempt more complex work.

Course Content

This course includes:

  • Examples of embroidery and embellishments from the fashion industry
  • Techniques of embroidery from around the world
  • Practicing techniques using different types of thread
  • Exploring shapes and forms
  • Variegated stitch patterns
  • Creating effects, textures and finishes
  • Experimenting with colour
  • Attaching beads and sequins
  • Creating a collection of embroidery samples
  • Research
  • Design inspiration
  • Idea development
  • A finished product of a hand embroidered accessory


Skill Level

The course is open to all skill levels. There is a maximum of 8 students per teacher, so all students have the opportunity to receive individual attention and progress at their own pace.

Course Fees

$1,386 (38.5 hours of tuition) 

About Eranga Bandaranayake

Eranga Bandaranayake has 7 years of industry experience working as a fashion & textile designer and is a three-time international award winner for Creative Embroidery (Hand and Lock International Prize for Embroidery, London,UK). She has also been a lecturer in Fashion Design & Technology for Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), Advanced Diploma, Certificate Level & VET for Schools.

Click HERE to see photos of Eranga’s beautiful work.


For more information on this course, please contact our college.