Art textiles

Sculptural goldwork: branches, roots, and veins with Hanny Newton

Ref: SLW10184

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About this course

Explore the sculptural possibilities of goldwork embroidery. Take roots, veins and branches as your inspiration to create unique hand embroidered pieces and develop your skills.

Course Description

Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Learn the fundamentals of techniques including couching and find an explorative approach to goldwork - you can open up a world of possibilities!

This workshop allows stitchers of all abilities to explore the sculptural qualities of goldwork, taking roots, veins and branches as our inspiration. Throughout the workshop, you will build up a series of hand embroidered small pieces inspired by the natural world which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork.

The tutor’s goldwork embroidery workshops are a balance of technique and experimentation, leaving plenty of ‘breathing space’ for artists to find their own response to the historical techniques of goldwork. She teaches the fundamentals of techniques and a method of experimentation which allows you to follow your creative voice and have more ownership over how you use this beautiful art form.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply most materials including:
  • - a good selection of goldwork threads
  • - selection of soft threads
  • - selection of material
  • - basic sewing kit items to borrow if needed

What students need to bring

  • Any images of roots/veins/branches, etc for inspiration
  • A sketchbook and small selection of pens/pencils
  • A basic sewing kit including:
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Selection of needles
  • Embroidery hoop(s)
  • Students are welcome to bring any material or threads listed above that they wish to experiment with
  • Suitable glasses or magnifiers for close work if required


Hanny Newton

Hanny Newton is a hand embroidery artist. She trained at the Royal School of Needlework and Falmouth University (2014). She teaches contemporary goldwork internationally, including at the British Museum, Kings College London and The National Festival of Making.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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