Magical Thread Art: Certified Teacher Training


Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training

Whether you want to begin a career as a sewing teacher or advance your sewing career, the Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training program is designed to enhance your success with the most up-to-date teaching skills. In the comfort of your home you’ll learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and how to use the newest creative products as you develop beautiful, inspiring samples; and have lots of fun doing it! Or, maybe it is just time to do something creative and educational for YOU, because you deserve it! Lots of people take this course just for the fun of it! Join us – everyone is welcome!

The Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training Program includes:

  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic, National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • The immeasurable opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name

In this economy, a lot of us are using our sewing skills to save money by making clothing and gifts. Some of us are even hoping to sell some of our creative projects. But where do we start? How do we succeed? In this online certification course, served through our sister company, Craft University, we’ll show you ways to help you successfully market your projects and/or your teaching skills.


  • Receive training on the Business of Teaching: Marketing and Promoting Classes
  • Discover where to teach
  • Learn about class pricing suggestions
  • Learn about kit fees & class policies
  • You’ll receive the news release guidelines
  • Master teacher preparation
  • Learn how to understand threads and stabilizers: where, when, why and how to use them
  • And much more!

Who Should Take This Course

  • Anyone who wants to learn or improve their creative machine art skills
  • Anyone who wants to teach creative machine arts
  • Teachers who are looking for a prepared, proven, ready-to-teach curriculum
  • Anyone who always wanted to become a Sulky Certified Teacher but could not afford the time or money
  • Anyone who wants to do something creative and educational for themselves in the comfort of their home
  • Anyone facing retirement that is looking for a wonderful way to supplement their income while having the fun they have been looking forward to in retirement.

Projects Included

Click on the photo of each project to see a larger image.

Butterfly in Flight
A fun and easy way to create a background for simple but dramatic free-motion Thread Sketching, using a sharply contrasting Sulky Cotton Thread to sketch the butterfly over the pieced background. This piece would look beautiful as a pillow, wallhanging, tote or wearable. Ours will be framed, but don’t let that hinder your creative juices. There are many other possibilities for this art.
Cat on the Courthouse Steps
A traditional courthouse steps quilt block, done simply in two neutral fabrics, showcases this adorable cat. Dramatic and intriguing - a new dimension to add to your quilting repertoire.
3-D Sunflower in an Edible Garden
We fell in love with Stephanie Brandenburg’s fabric art. She turns her paintings into fabric and they are spectacular! Her “Edible Garden” collection caught our eye and Carol Ingram took it to another level, of course! Stephanie’s art fabric is further embellished with a 3-Dimensional Sunflower and it becomes a magical, mystical garden wallhanging. IMAGINE! Stephanie has reprinted this fabric and continues to add beautiful, similar fabrics to her line.
Penny Rug Candlemat
Evelyn Byler, our quilter extraordinaire dialed it down and designed a simple but lovely candlemat using beautifully hand-dyed wools. Can be stitched by hand or by machine. Evelyn lives in Amish country with an Amish background herself and her homespun creations are truly subtle and lovely. However, she can jazz it up with the best of them, and her quilted pieces and Sulky Teacher Certification samples are always breathtaking.
Serenity Duck Staggered Bargello Wallhanging
This beautiful wallhanging is easy and fun, but still elegant and intricate looking. Even a quilting newbie will love this easy staggered bargello technique and the amazing ease of using appliqués. The unusual staggered-bargello bottom-finish makes this project especially unique.
Magical Tigers
Magnificent tigers come almost alive using this special technique that has evolved in simplicity and sophistication over the years. Animal print fabric is spectacular and you will likely want to keep this endangered species for yourself to showcase in your home. (Makes a fabulous gift for a man in your life, too.) You will find yourself captivated by the technique and imagine all kinds of creative things you can do (or teach) using floral fabric, geometrics, fish and other animals. The technique works for wearables, pillows, totes, wallhangings and more. We'll show you how to make this technique work with any beautiful print.
Floral Fantasy Sculptured Art
Another fabric from Stephanie Brandenberg’s “Edible Garden” collection sent Designer Carol Ingram on another artistic whirlwind. Using a new heat-moldable sculpture product, you will LOVE making this Floral Fantasy Art. Embellished with Sulky Blendables® Thread and beads, it will become a conversation piece in your home and everyone will want one. We’ll show you how to make other shapes too, like leaves and fish! You’ll be raiding your holiday fabric stash to make one for every occasion! Match your quilts or home décor, too!
Sun’s Up Placemat
Using the Phillips Wedge Ruler and placemat forms, Margaret Travis' Sun's Up, Eazy-Peazy design, and contemporary fabrics, you will really enjoy the easy geometry of this placemat and the sophisticated look that results. Using a pre-made placemat form, it’s easy and fun to do. There are lots of other projects that can be done with the wedge rulers and we’ll share some of those with you, too! Cheryl Phillip’s tools make complicated designs easy.
Free-Standing Swirly Lace Pear Décor
Prepare a free-standing embroidered lace pear and place it three-dimensionally on a beautiful and sophisticated background; add a bold, contemporary scroll appliqué to accent this elegant embroidery and it will fuel your desire for more and more of this free-motion or computerized embroidery lace. The possibilities are endless! Learn all about free-standing lace and how to incorporate it into home dec, wearables and more. (Free-standing lace can be made with or without a computerized embroidery machine.)
Magical Mystery Hot Air Balloon Ride
Carol dazzles us once again with one of her amazing artistic landscapes in fabric. For the last several years, Carol’s landscape designs have been the favorite project of the Sulky Certified Teacher Trainings...and for good reason. Carol’s background in fine art shows through in her careful eye and magnificent perspective, allowing you, too, to create through her artistic generosity.

Supply List

The below link is a full supply list for this online certification course. However, keep in mind your actual needs thoroughly depend on how much you already have in your stash and whether or not you want to use the exact fabrics that are being used in the class samples and videos. If you had to buy every single Sulky product that is needed for the class, you can get a kit at discount from Sew News' official online store, and that is still less than $230 (a $293 retail value). You can also purchase the threads only as a separate package and ditto for the stabilizers. Those packages are listed on as well. Since we knew most people wouldn't use the same fabrics that we used, we did not create a kit for the fabrics, but once you sign up, your confirmation email will include a link to purchase the fabrics at a discount as well.

Click here to download a complete source list for this certification course.


Course Outline

  1. Download Certification Agreement, Rules and Regulations (included in confirmation email). Read, sign and upload the Certification agreement for our records.
  2. Download the class curriculum instructions and projects:
    • Butterfly in Flight
    • Cat on the Courthouse Steps
    • 3-D Sunflower in an Edible Garden
    • Penny Rug Candlemat
    • Serenity Duck Staggered Bargello Wallhanging
    • Magical Tigers
    • Floral Fantasy Sculptured Art
    • Sun’s Up Placemat
    • Free-Standing Swirly Lace Pear Décor
    • Magical Mystery Hot Air Balloon Ride
  3. Watch all videos, or download them to watch as you are doing each project.
  4. Create, photograph and post finished projects to the Teacher Certification Blackboard System.

To Receive Your Certification:
Seven of the ten projects included must be completed to be eligible for certification. Create, photograph and post the required projects by December 8th to the Teacher Certification Blackboard System. The Sulky Certification Teaching Staff will evaluate your projects. Once your evaluation is complete, you will then receive your Sulky Teacher Certification Certificate. Remember, being certified does not mean that you are required to teach.

Important Information

This course takes place on Blackboard, served through our sister company's website: Craft University. Registration for this course will also take place through the Craft University brand.



Course Start Date:

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - Check back soon for new offerings!

Projects Due Date:

December 8, 2014 (7 of 10 projects must be completed to be eligible for certification)


Carol Ingram Ellen Osten Patti Lee


*This course and registration for this course take place on our sister company's Website: Craft University.

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