Get Mastered – What links Michael Jackson, Prince William and Ironman?

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In last month’s Get Mastered column we discussed how to design truly original tambour beading design. This month we’re looking at another couture embellishment technique: goldwork.

An opulent and glamorous form of embroidery, goldwork is traditionally found on military and ceremonial uniforms and now it’s commonly spotted on the catwalks. Embroidery experts, Hand & Lock have produced goldwork for everyone from Michael Jackson to Prince William as well as some quirky work for Louis Vuitton too.

Goldwork is found on everything from high fashion to military uniforms

To master goldwork, embroiderers need to perfect six key techniques: passing, pearl purl, cut work, chips, French knots and essing. These are then combined to create the textured and sumptuous pieces of embroidery. As with all embroidery techniques, the real beauty comes in the originality. Here are some of our current favourite pieces:


1. Goldwork stars by Hand & Lock 2. Mary Katrantzou A/W 2014 3. Iron Man by Alan Moore

If you’re inspired to design your own piece of goldwork, watch Jessica from Hand & Lock explain her design process here:

And if you’d like to learn the specific stitches, take the free trial of our goldwork course here. You’ll learn the six stitches and leave the course with the expertise to create your own designs from scratch. Start your free trial now.

PS Mastered are planning an exciting live webinar to discuss how to get your embroidery in front of buyers and brands without having an agent. Have any burning questions? Contact to make sure they get answered.


Cheryl Adamson
Head of Customer Experience and Success at Mastered. Loves sharing business advice, admiring beautiful things and eating cake.
Cheryl Adamson


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