Happy New Year! We are officially over a week into 2019, and as its a new year maybe its time for a new skill? Perhaps you are thinking of taking up embroidery, or more specifically goldwork? Well, the ladies over at Golden Hinde have just the thing to help you on your new golden journey. Their recently released book ‘Glorious Goldwork’ is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
If you are new to goldwork and don’t know of Golden Hinde, they are the go-to place for all your goldwork needs. Their online shop has everything you need from metal threads, fabric, books to kits. If you need it for goldwork you can be sure they will stock it. What makes this little company so special is that it is a family run business and Sarah Rakestraw, the owner, is a recommended Embroiderers’ Guild tutor. So you know you are in the hands of people who know what they are doing.
Golden Hinde’s book ‘Glorious Goldwork’ was released a couple of months ago, and I was eager to get my hands on it, I knew it would be good, and I was not disappointed. It covers everything you need to know about goldwork and brings together the modern and traditional elements of goldwork seamlessly.
The book begins with a brief history of goldwork (which if this intrigues you, I wrote a post about it – check it out here) and then goes on to explain in detail the tools you will need for your goldwork projects. And this is no quick explanation of the general tools you will need, Sue and Sarah have covered pretty much everything you could possibly need for embarking on goldwork. If I was a beginner, I would find this very reassuring, especially the part on metal threads as the difference between them and their names can be very confusing, but here they are all individually explained with pictures.
The section on techniques is also as thorough with everything being covered from using the metal threads to making brooches, its comprehensive and clear.
It is a wonderful book, and perfect for any goldwork enthusiast, whether you are new to the technique or a goldwork aficionado. The projects at the back are also suitable for various skill levels and the gallery section is perfect for inspiration and guidance how to utilise the various stitches.
If you want to find out more about Golden Hinde, buy the book or do some shopping for goldwork threads – head on over to their website.
That’s it for this month – happy stitching!
Hattie McGill is a hand embroidery artist based in Buckinghamshire. She creates three dimensional interior pieces and fashion accessories and specialises in the embroidery techniques of stumpwork and goldwork. She also is a freelance embroiderer for film, costume and fashion.