Goldwork lobster with Hannah Mansfield

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: SLW11258

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About this course

This course will introduce you to the hand embroidery technique of goldwork. Using specialist goldwork threads you will be guided through the process of embroidering a golden lobster which encompasses several different goldwork techniques.

Course Description

During this course, you will work with specialist goldwork threads and wires to embroider your own golden lobster. In the process of embroidering your lobster, you will learn several key goldwork embroidery techniques, including padding, cutwork, couching, chipping and leather appliqué.

The first evening will start with an introduction to the lobster design and an explanation of how to apply padding to create raised embroidery. Following this, you will start to work on applying padding to your lobster.

On the first full day, you will begin to use different goldwork threads to embroider your lobster. The tutor will show you how to use goldwork threads for a variety of techniques, such as couching, applying pearl purl and filling techniques such as cutwork. You will also be shown how to use leather appliqué to fill areas of the lobster.

On the last day you will learn the final techniques to finish your lobster, including chipping and s-ing.

Each stage of embroidering the design will be demonstrated to the group by the tutor, who will also be able to give one to one tuition to ensure you fully understand the techniques.

By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of goldwork embroidery and the specialist techniques and materials that are used to create a goldwork design.

Basic hand sewing skills are required but you do not need any experience with goldwork embroidery to take part in this course.


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 of the materials including:
  • Beeswax
  • Black silk tasar fabric
  • Gold pearl purl, Gold smooth purl, Gold rough purl, Gold bright check purl, Gold jap k1 thread
  • Gold leather
  • Gold spangles 2mm
  • Yellow felt, Yellow cotton thread
  • Honey coloured translucent couching thread

What students need to bring

  • Notebook if you wish to take notes
  • Reading glasses if worn
  • A thimble/embroidery scissors/embroidery hoop/needles – if you have them
  • Goldwork scissors if you have them

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Goldwork scissors
  • Extra goldwork wires
  • Coloured goldwork wires


Hannah Mansfield

Hannah Mansfield is a freelance hand embroiderer based near Bristol. She specialises in the techniques of goldwork and tambour beading. Hannah studied textile design at Bath Spa University. In 2019 Hannah was awarded first prize in the international embroidery competition The Hand & Lock Prize, for her collection of goldwork flower sculptures.


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

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