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Learn Goldwork Embroidery – Papillon Extravagance!

20th October 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join Bella Lane and explore the simple way to start embroidering with goldwork threads, using this easy but exotic Butterfly design. Without complication you will learn and stitch and finish off some of the traditional wire thread techniques. This class is a practical project where you will start and finish this work on the spot.

Goldwork embroidery is one of the richest techniques of hand embroidery.  It has been practised from ancient times, using gold, silver, copper and wire threads, originally in ecclesiastical costumes in Europe. Today goldwork embroidery appears in art forms and in fashion. This beautiful design will take you to the next level of embroidery, learning and stitching a lovely project. Bring your reading or stitching glasses if necessary, as the work is fine!

This inspiring work ‘Royal Spray’ was Bella’s entry at the RSN (Royal School of Needlework) for the 2008 Apprentice Traditional English Goldwork Award. Bella was lucky and she managed to win the Award sponsored and prize given by the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers at Trinity House.

This class includes a slideshow introduction to goldwork hand embroideries, where participants will visualise the Art & Craft of making a professional Goldwork Piece.

Bella Lane is from Iquitos Peru,  Master Peruvian embroiderer, trained at the Royal School of Needlework and a world embroidery stitch collector.  We are very honoured to have Bella as a guest teacher at Fabrications!

On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

  • Undertand how to set up the fabric in the embrodery hoop and best types of needles and threads to use
  • Use couching stitches to attach the gold thread
  • Add beads, sequins sequrely and neatly as additional embelishments
  • Learn how to plan and transfer a design onto fabric ready for the Goldwork
  • Have picked up some ‘insider’ tips and tricks from a master craftperson.
  • Feel inspired to embark on your own Goldwork embroidery designs!

Includes a special embroidery kit pre prepared by Bella containing instruction sheet, good quality embroidery needle, threads, fabric, design and a complimentary glass of Prosecco at the end of the session!

You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)


20th October 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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