Creative goldwork embroidery – metal threads and colour with Hanny Newton

Ref: SLW13180

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About this course

Explore the possibilities of colour and metal threads in this creative goldwork class. Throughout the workshop you will build up a series of hand embroidered samples, looking at the way metals and colours can create beautiful possibilities to enhance your art practice.

Course Description

This creative embroidery workshop gives stitchers of all backgrounds the opportunity to get creative and explore the possibilities of goldwork techniques, such as couching and chipping, looking in depth at creative ways to play with colour in your work.

Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery and explore the many exciting ways you can combine colour and metal threads in your work. The tutor will show you how you can open up a world of combinations to experiment with and explore this centuries old art form, whatever your stitching experience.

Throughout the workshop, you will build up your own unique series of hand embroidery samples and drawings, which can become a tool kit of techniques and explorations to further your creativity and enhance your practice.

The tutor’s goldwork embroidery workshops are a balance of technique and experimentation, leaving plenty of breathing space for artists to find their own response to the historical techniques of goldwork, combined with a creative look at bringing colour into your work. She will teach the fundamentals of techniques and methods of experimentation, which allow everyone to create their own unique outcomes and have more ownership over how they use stitch.


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 until 9pm, 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:
  • All metal threads, soft threads, beeswax, needles and fundamental goldwork materials
  • A selection of materials and threads, etc. for experimentation
  • Loan of all sewing equipment and tools, if required, such as: velvet boards, stands, scissors, etc. (a limited number of seat frames available on a first come, first served basis)
  • On this course, the College will supply some of the materials, including:
  • 0.5m of calico
  • Loan of glasses or magnifiers for close work
  • Loan of embroidery hoops : 8”/10”
  • Loan of embroidery stand, such as: a seat frame or barrel clamp

What students need to bring

  • A sketchbook
  • A selection of coloured pens/pencils and black pens
  • White tissue paper
  • Any materials or beads that you may wish to experiment with
  • A selection of cotton/silk/machine threads in preferred colours that you may wish to experiment with
  • Any small pieces of coloured felt
  • A basic sewing kit, with embroidery scissors, if you have them
  • An embroidery stand, if you have one, such as a seat frame or barrel clamp

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbooks and coloured pens
  • Available from tutor:
  • Extra metal threads available to purchase at end of class, if required.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Hanny Newton

Hanny Newton is a hand embroidery artist. She trained at the Royal School of Needlework and Falmouth University (2014). She teaches contemporary goldwork internationally, including at the British Museum, Kings College London and The National Festival of Making.


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

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