What Are You Stitching?

20th May 2022

Goldwork and metal thread embroidery result in a kind of sparkle and shine that no other embroidery technique offers. There are stitches that are quite unique and specific techniques to learn but for those needleworkers who master it, goldwork is both satisfying and rewarding. If you’ve never tried metal thread embroidery before, here are some varied projects to whet your appetite.

Sonia Santini

‘I design hand-embroidered jewellery. I love to create all kinds of floral subjects as well as portraits of people or animals with my needle. In my creations I always try to combine different techniques, including crochet, goldwork and threadpainting.’

‘This is a necklace I made that was inspired by the Lombard Temple Cividale of Friuli (VIII century). It won the Bergamasco prize for originality and creativity in the use of multiple techniques.’

What an exquisite project, Sonia. The range of techniques and materials is stunning and it is well deserving of the prize. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Lesley Mehard Brady

‘This goldwork pear was my first experience with an online embroidery class (purchased from The London Embroidery School).’

‘I was motivated by my desire to continue learning during Covid and because I enjoy this challenging embroidery technique! It is being framed for a dear friend, who happens to be Betsy Morgan’s sister.’  

This is a fabulous project, Leslie. You’ve mastered so many goldwork techniques in this lovely design. Congratulations on a fantastic finish.

Do you enjoy working with metal threads? Do you love the sparkle of gold and the shine of silver? Or do you prefer working with softer fibres? 

Whatever it is you like to stitch, we want to see it. Send us a picture of your work with a bit of information about the project and your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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