Autumn leaves in goldwork embroidery with Hannah Mansfield

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About this course

Focus on the technique of goldwork embroidery, as you create your own embroidered leaf using a variety of specialist goldwork wires in autumnal shades of gold and copper.

Course Description

This two-day course will begin with a short walk around the West Dean Gardens to collect fallen leaves which will be brought back to the studio to use as inspiration for the embroidery. Using your chosen leaf, you will be shown how to create a design for a goldwork leaf and how to transfer this design to your fabric.

A selection of specialist precious metal goldwork wires in autumnal shades of gold and copper will be provided for you to embroider your leaf using the hand embroidery technique of goldwork.

You will be shown how to prepare the leaf design for embroidery by applying padding with felt, a technique which is characteristic of goldwork embroidery. You will then learn how to apply pearl purl wire to outline your leaf, including how to manipulate the wire to form sharp points and curves.

On the second day of the course, several filling techniques using purl wire will be demonstrated and, with advice from the tutor, you will be able to choose how you apply these techniques to your leaf. These techniques will include, chipping, s-ing and cutwork, which are used to create different textures and patterns.

During this course you will gain an understanding of how to handle and best apply the specialist goldwork wires in different ways to create a variety of effects within your embroidered leaf.

This course is suitable for beginners to the technique of goldwork embroidery, but it is a more advanced embroidery technique so it will also be suitable for those who have more embroidery/hand sewing experience. It will be helpful if you have some basic hand sewing knowledge.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including gilt threads to complete your goldwork leaf, old gold cotton thread, brown cotton thread and yellow felt, orange felt, beeswax, dark blue crepe backed silk satin and scoured cotton natural.
  • Sharps needle size 8 and short bead needle size 12 are also supplied.

What students need to bring

  • 8 inch embroidery hoop and clamp – optional as can be borrowed on the course
  • A notepad and pencil for taking notes
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Reading glasses (if worn)

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • A selection of additional goldwork materials including goldwork wires, threads and spangles (metal sequins), velvet boards and goldwork scissors will be available for purchase if you wish.

Additional information

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


Timetable for 2 day, short weekend courses

Saturday, session one: 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Please arrive by 9.45am.

Sunday, session two: 9am-1pm & 2-4pm.

Lunch and tea/coffee is included.

General Information


Hannah Mansfield portrait

Hannah Mansfield

Hannah Mansfield is a freelance hand embroiderer based near Bristol. She specialises in the techniques of goldwork and tambour beading. In 2019 Hannah was awarded first prize in the international embroidery competition The Hand & Lock Prize, for her collection of goldwork flower sculptures. Hannah is a trade freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.


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

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