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with Lucy Barter
Online Class

Goldwork Embroidery: Essential Techniques

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Discover expert goldwork embroidery techniques with Royal School of Needlework instructor Lucy Barter as your guide. No matter your experience with metal threads, Lucy will give you step-by-step instruction, from building a raised foundation to adding elegant detail. Begin by learning simple tricks for securing felt padding to your fabric and stitching with the included design template. Then, discover first-rate couching techniques to fasten threads in a single row or adjacent rows using the brick stitch. Move on to more essential goldwork techniques including working with pearl purl, chipwork, cutwork and spangles. Finally, see how to create an exquisite basket weave stitch to beautifully complete the included design.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h46m

Included in this Class

1. Preparing for Goldwork Embroidery

1. Preparing for Goldwork Embroidery

Lucy Barter, an instructor certified by the Royal School of Needlework, begins class by showing stunning examples of the effects you can achieve with the classic art of goldwork embroidery. With a few simple tools and materials, plus the included design template, you can be ready to start stitching your own work of art.

2. Building Dimension With Padding

2. Building Dimension With Padding

Lay the dimensional foundation for your class project with layers of felt padding and string. Lucy shows how to cut felt to the correct dimensions and tack it down for larger shapes, or secure bundles of soft string such as embroidery floss to create ridges. To achieve a basket weave, you'll use hard string for structure.

3. Couching Threads & Plunging

3. Couching Threads & Plunging

Learn about couching, in which thick gold threads are laid on the surface of your fabric, then secured with finer threads. Lucy discusses types of threads you can use and shows how to apply them, either singly or in layers with brick stitch. Plunge the thread ends to the wrong side of your work to tie them off.