Bringing colour and texture to the party, this goldwork class for a lettering outcome is designed for those who have done a little goldwork before and want to step it up a gear. Taught by breaking the letters down into their characteristics, you can apply the approaches to the letter of your choosing, and it will arm you to be able to take on any shapes you might come across.
There are no kits for this class as we encourage you to make your own creative material choices for a truly personalised outcome, however we will guide you through what types you will need to have to hand. This makes it a great class for those who want to get started straight away, and also for using up some left over materials you might have from previous goldwork projects.
Head over to the London Embroidery school website for all the details and to start creating your own sophisticated goldwork letter piece.
Materials and equipment
- Base fabrics (felt, melton is best fabric if you are thinking about make it into a patch) & Calico (medium tight weave – any Goldwork with Plunging technique includes requires a supporting base fabric unless you are working on very heavy non stretch fabric)
- Tracing paper design drawn (printed out or drawn. Blue transferable paper work too so no need to prick & pounce)
- Gel Pen/ Water soluble Pen (optional, pencil works fine if it’s light fabric)
- Goldwork Thread: Passing (2g – Yellow Gold Passing used in the video) & Rococco (1m – Very Fine used in the video), Pearle Purl (1g) (Some letters use less or more) Japanese Gold Thread or Twists can be used too.
- Needles: Embroidery/Chenille Needle (Embroidery No.10 used in the video) Chenille Needle for Plunging (No. 22 used in the video) (optional) & Curved Needle (optional)
- Thread to match Gold Thread
- Embroidery Stranded Cotton
- Sewing thread to match the stranded cotton
- Heavy/stronger thread (Extra Upholstery Thread used in the video. Top Thread/Buttonhole Thread are good too) (optional)
- Goldwork Scissors (ideally separate from normal embroidery scissors as Goldwork will blunt the scissors)
- Thread scissors
- Embroidery hoop/frame (ideally clamp/seat/slate frame so your both hands are free)
- Access to a printer or trace off a computer screen at 100%
- Temporary adhesive spray, wall paper paste, sewing machine (all optional)