Five Day Goldwork Class




Goldwork: 5 Day Class 

Location: Hand & Lock, 86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE 

Date: 21st-25th November 2022 

Daily Time: 10:00 - 4:30 with 1 hour lunch break (not provided) 

A longer, more in-depth version of Hand & Lock’s goldwork workshop is coming to you this November. Prepare to enjoy not two, but five days of observing and practising the principles of this luxurious embroidery technique. Exploring Goldwork through Ancient Egyptian motifs, this class teaches students traditional techniques in a contemporary context. 

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.

Our bespoke classes are taught be expert hand embroiderers who have worked in the couture industry for brands such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Burberry to name a few. The classes will cover the basics, insider tips and practical application making sure students are fully equipped to go on and apply what they have learned to their own pieces and develop their own unique styles.

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

* 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 no.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 over passing thread


  • 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 Chipping
  •  Demonstration and practice of the Basketweave Padding and Soft String Padding 


  •  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
  •  Demonstration and practice of using Plate and applying bullion over soft string padding


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


  •  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.

At Hand & Lock the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and we would like to share with you the steps we shall be taking to ensure that your class is safe and enjoyable.

What we are doing

  • All classes will have a sanitation station provided which we will encourage students to frequently use.
  • At the end of each day the class will undergo a deep clean where all equipment and surfaces shall be sterilised. Areas with regular contact such as door handles and toilets shall be cleaned regularly.

Things we need you to do.

  • Tea and coffee shall be provided but we encourage students to bring their own mugs if they feel more comfortable.
  • If you feel more comfortable bringing your own embroidery kit of essential tools, (scissors, needles etc), we encourage you to do this however as stated above, all of our tools provided shall be sanitised.
  • Please do not attend the class if you feel unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19.