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Five Day Goldwork Class, London



September 21st - 25th, 2020

A longer, more in-depth version of Hand & Lock’s goldwork workshop is coming to you this June. Prepare to enjoy not two, but five days of observing and practising the principles of this luxurious embroidery technique.

The ancient technique of goldwork consists of creating fine embroidery with metal bullions. It is historically associated with royal, religious and military attire. However, it has become popular in modern fashion and interior design, with many designers using gold, silver, copper and other metallic effects to produce spectacular details. More than just another embroidery technique, goldwork is regarded as an art, featured in the catwalk creations of prestigious couture houses, such as Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana.

Perfect your skill and discover all about this fine embroidery art. Throughout the five day course, students will learn how to set up a full-size frame, transfer their designs, create a height with soft string padding and felt padding before moving on to specific techniques such as pearl purl and cutwork.

All materials provided | Upon successful completion of the class students receive an official Hand & Lock certificate detailing the new skills mastered |  For more information please contact school@handembroidery.com

* Please note, class bookings are non refundable


  •  A Brief History of Hand & Lock and the art of Goldwork
  •  Looking at examples of Goldwork and the materials used
  •  Set up a rotative frame the Parisian way
  •  How to thread a n.12 needle properly and how to knot the end
  •  Talking about the process of pricking and pouncing
  •  Start to embroider the first type of padding: Felt padding
  •  Demonstration and practice of couching the passing thread over felt padding and learn how to tidy the back

    DAY 2

    •  Recap over the previous day
    •  Demonstration and practice of how to plunge the passing through the fabric and tie off.
    •  Demonstration and practice of Pearl Purl
    •  Demonstration and practice of Chips over felt padding
    •  Demonstration and practice of the last type of padding: String padding

    DAY 3

    •  Recap over the previous day.
    •  Demonstration of how to manipulate the bullion and cut it
    •  Demonstration and practice of cutwork over string padding
    •  Final recap over techniques.
    •  Start a new design (Level 2)
    •  Demonstration and practice of Felt and String padding
    •  Demonstration and practice of using Plate.

    DAY 4

    •  Recap over the previous day.
    •  Demonstration and practice of Looping
    •  Demonstrations and practice of Nué
    •  Demonstration and practice of Brick stitch

    DAY 5

    •  Recap over techniques that were covered in the day prior.
    •  Demonstration of how to use cutwork with different types of materials and how to use S-ing
    •  Continue with embroidery design working on areas that have not been completed.
    •  Final questions and additional help from a tutor if required.