Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Janice Routley

This course is designed to teach the fundamental processes of Metal Thread embroidery to the beginning Metal Thread stitcher. You will learn how to mount the backing and ground fabrics on a frame ready for stitching, a method of transferring the design onto the ground fabric, techniques of couching Japanese gold and using purl, mounting and finishing methods. Your finished project will be ready for framing.

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By Natalie Dupuis

This beginner level Goldwork Project Course allows the students to create a whimsical flashcard of bygone days.  Using coloured cotton and metal threads, students will explore traditional Goldwork materials yet have a refreshingly modern design.  There are variations on the finished design, depending on student preferences.  During the course, students will be guided through the following:  the "window transfer" method of design transfer, how to couch Pearl Purl and Passing Thread, stretching and wrapping of Pearl Purl, chipping as a way to use Purl, plunging and tying off metal threads, explore the use of coloured cotton threads to enhance embroidery, and make decisions about which stitches to use.

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Guideline for Student Levels


Beginners are those who need guidance in reading stitch patterns or who are new to the technique.

Intermediate students understand stitch patterns but may need guidance; have taken this technique or similar one at the beginner or basic level; have a beginning understanding of colour and design.

Advanced students read charts and stitch diagrams with ease, have a good understanding of stitch technique; have good understanding of colour and design. Must have taken an intermediate level course in the technique. Must be able to work independently.