You will work with specialist goldwork wires to make beetle brooches. Choose from a selection of designs to embroider, each will teach you several key goldwork embroidery techniques including padding, cutwork, chipping and applying pearl purl.
The first evening will start with an introduction to the beetle brooch designs and you will be able to choose which beetle design you want to embroider. You will be shown how to transfer a design to the fabric using the tacking method.
On the first full day you will learn how to apply padding to create raised embroidery. Then you will begin to use different goldwork wires to embroider your brooch, you will be able to choose from a selection of gold and silver wires and coloured goldwork wires. You will be shown how to use goldwork wires for a variety of techniques such as applying pearl purl and filling techniques such as cutwork and chipping. In the afternoon you will be shown how to make your embroidery into a brooch.
On the last day you can begin making another brooch of your choosing, you will be encouraged to experiment with the techniques you learnt on the previous days to customise the beetle designs to your own taste.
Each stage of embroidering the brooches will be demonstrated to the group by the tutor, who will also be able to give one to one tuition to ensure each student fully understands 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.
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.
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)
On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including:
Black wool felt
Gold and silver pearl purl
Gold and silver smooth purl
Gold and silver rough purl
Gold bright check purl no.8
Yellow and white felt
Yellow cotton sewing thread
White cotton sewing thread
2 Gold brooch pins
Notebook if you wish to take notes
Reading glasses if worn
A thimble/embroidery scissors/embroidery hoop/needles – if you have them
Available from shop:
The shop sell embroidery threads and some needles
Available from tutor:
Extra goldwork wires
Coloured goldwork wires
Extra brooch pins
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.