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.
By Natalie Dupuis
This beginner level Goldwork 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.
The design for this course is adapted from a delightful purse held in the EAC Heritage Collection. After reviewing the mounting of fabrics for metal thread embroidery, you will learn a new method of “trace and tack” pattern transfer.
Part of the design is worked in Japanese gold, some with shading. Other design elements are padded and covered with kid leather. Several types of metal threads, such as Jaceron/pearl purl, rococo or crinkle, smooth, rough and check purls, will be worked in the design. Spangles complete the pattern.