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Goldwork Embroidery: Essential Techniques

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Create elegant goldwork embroidery that catches light and captivates! Learn time-honored techniques for working with metallic threads, chips, spangles and more.

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  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Lucy Barter
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Couching Threads & Plunging
4. Pearl Purl & Spangles
5. Chipwork
6. Cutwork
7. More Dimensional Techniques

Taught by

Lucy  Barter
Lucy Barter
Lucy Barter holds a B.A. Honors in fashion design. After several years designing for established children's labels in the U.K. and U.S., she pursued her passion for needlework and enrolled in a three-year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), graduating in 2006. Lucy then taught at RSN, and later opened her own business, Forever Embroidery Studio, in San Francisco, where she co-founded the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design.

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