Embroidery Modules and Diploma

These modules replace the old ANZEG Certificates and are designed for self development and exploration of a technique.  You may do one or several of the Modules and are encouraged to research your chosen technique through books, observation, classes, internet, etc.  You can research a technique you know well, or a new technique to further develop your knowledge.

For the Diploma, you must complete five modules.  Three of which - Design, Colour and History - are compulsory, plus two techniques of your own choosing.

The Syllabus, giving information on all modules, is available at a cost of $20.  Whether you get a group together or work on your own, this can be an enjoyable journey.  

 For more information or to buy a copy of the Modules, Please contact: 

Paula Hucklesby
Education Co-ordinator


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)



How long do we have to complete a Module?

There is no real time limit although all embroidery should have been worked in the previous two years however you are the only person who is going to know how old your piece is.  The only time limit is when applying for your assessment is that you get it in on time. 


How should your work be presented?

How work is presented is up to you.  At the very least it should be neat and tidy and look like some thought has been gone into it.  Suggestions are as a folded over A3 page, a concertina book, or in a box in which the box is one of your finished embroidery pieces. 


At what point do we put our work together?

Although this can be done as you go along, it is suggested that should wait until we are close to finishing the module before mounting so that there is consistency in your presentation.


What components are necessary

The page needs to consist of concise writing explaining the question/technique, drawings/sketches, pictures, photos, etc and your sample.


How big should your page be??

It is suggested that size A3 is a reasonable size.  It may be a bit cramped to put everything into A4 size.


Do we need to show our workings?

We do need to show our workings although how much is up to us. It does not need to be on the page but could be attached in an envelope.  It is not necessary to show the bits that didn’t work out.


What size do the samples need to be?

Approximately about 10cm x 10cm, however this depends on the technique.  You would probably do a smaller piece for Opus Anglicanum for example, but it may need to be larger for some other techniques.


What should be included in your sample?

Your sample should show that you understand the design elements and the stitches used in the technique you are studying.


How ‘finished of’ do the samples need to be?

At the very least, it needs to be turned under at the edges and mounted onto the page.  A frame drawn around it depending on your technique would be good.  Generally, you need to look at the back of whitework so only one side is mounted so that the back can be seen.   It needs to look neat and that you cared.


How much research information is required?

The written notes for your research should be enough to show someone you know the details of whatever you are researching, but not do pages and pages. Approximately 1/2 an A4 page of writing would be fine together with photos, drawings and your stitched sample.


Referencing of researched work?

All sources used should be referenced.  Do not clutter the page with footnotes and endnotes rather type a bibliography on a separate page, A4 size will do, and attach to the back.


What about the final pieces?

The final completed pieces must be a progression from two of your pages. They must also have their own pages, with notes, photos, sketches, diagrams, drawings etc., showing how you developed the piece, possibly with some stitch samples if you do them. 


Historical Module.

What should the designs look like?

The designs for this module must be in the style of the technique used in their era.  For example, Crewel work in the 17th century must look like Crewel work done in the 17th century.  The final pieces however, could be a contemporary design using historical techniques but must be a progression from your samples.


How close do we need to use the correct fabric and thread?

It is very important for this module.


Do samples need to be done for questions 6 and 7.




1.      When researching the historical, contemporary and NZ embroiderer put your self into their shoes.  i.e. “This is me pretending to be xxx”.