Goldwork embroidery – Hastings Mackerel


Price includes a full kit RRP £40

Join Becky on this one day workshop and you will learn how to embroiderer a shimmering Mackerel. This can be turned into a brooch, a necklace, or hanging decoration. Approximate finished size 8x2cm.

Each fish is hand embroidered in the metal thread embroidery technique also known as Goldwork. In this style of embroidery all the metal threads are held on the surface of the material with a sewing thread as the metals are too delicate or too thick to pass through. You will learn a variety of gold work embroidery techniques.

You will learn how to apply metal threads such as Passing, Pearl purl and other fine wires. They are used to create pattern and texture over a felt padded surface.

Once the embroidery is complete your  fish can be cut out and backed with a pre cut metallic silver plywood, for jewellery or a decoration.

This workshop is suitable for a beginner to this technique. Becky will demonstrate each step with a series of group demonstrations and individual help where needed. 





04 Oct 2022


10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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What will we cover?

Become part of a needlework tradition that stretches back over 1,000 years. This one-day course is a fascinating introduction to goldwork embroidery. 


Typically used to add lustre and opulence to ecclesiastical, military and royal costume, goldwork can add fabulous highlights to dressmaking and soft furnishing projects, whether contemporary or traditional in style.


Embroiderer Becky Hogg will teach you the essential skills of goldwork embroidery by guiding you through a beautiful project.



On this goldwork embroidery course, you’ll learn stitches including:

  • couching 
  • cutwork loops 
  • and pearl purl edges. 


Goldwork embroidery in fact covers a variety of metal threads. 


How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Prior embroidery experience is not required as the tutor will show you all you need to know.


Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

All materials are provided within the cost of the course. (RRP for the full kit is £40.)


What will I take home with me?

You’ll leave with your own embroidered gold work fish. 

You’ll also take home instructions for how it can be cut out, backed and made into a decorative hanging or brooch measuring approximately 8cm x 2cm.  



Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Becky Hogg
Becky Hogg

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