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Adventures In Goldwork
Course Date: Friday 18th August 2017
Category: Needlework
Price: £80


Metal embroidery threads have been used for centuries. Traditionally gold and silver wires were wrapped around a silk core, but today a huge range of metals are used including copper, tin, pewter and platinum are used, and a rainbow of colours are available. The technique of couching involves stitching one thread (i.e the metal) onto the surface of the fabric with another thread (i.e a cotton). Couching is a very versatile technique which can produce an amazing array of patterns and effects which we will discover throughout the day.

Further Detail

Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Hanny will show you how, by learning the fundamentals of couching, you can open up a world of possibilities to experiment and explore, whatever your stitching ability. This workshop gives stitchers of all abilities the opportunity to explore the possibilities of embroidering with a range of beautiful metal threads and other materials, building up throughout the day a series of hand embroidered samples and small pieces which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork.

Skills/Techniques Covered

The fundamentals of couching technique

How to treat metal threads

A method of experimenting allowing individuals to create and explore stitch in easy steps


Finishing techniques



Materials are not included in your course fee.

·         All materials will be provided by the tutor at a cost of £6 per student



We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

Small embroidery scissors

Glasses if needed for close work

Tutor Profile

Hanny trained at the Royal School of Needlework and Falmouth University. Currently based in Shropshire, she teaches on the subject and exhibits nationwide and creates artwork and commissions from her studio. After graduating in the summer of 2014, Hanny was selected for the Embroiderers Guild Graduate Showcase and has exhibited nationally since then, including at Handmade in Britain, Art in Action and the Selvedge Spring Fair. In 2017, Hanny is due to become a tutor at Westope College in Shropshire, and to be the speaker at the West Midlands Embroiderers Guild Regional Day.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.