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Goldwork Masterclass
Tutor – Alison Cole

This extensive course runs over eighteen months and is due to commence in October. Classes are held once a month and students with a good grounding in this technique are able to use the course to further build on/increase their skills. If you would like to put in an application to participate in this course, please contact Embroidery House. You will then be able to speak to Alison in regards to the content and standard required for the course.

Course Dates: Sundays October 22, November 26, 2017. Sundays February 25, March 11, April 22, May 27, June 24, August 26, September 23, October 28, November 25, 2018. (Dates in 2019 TBA)

Cost: $615



  1. Materials – fabrics and threads appropriate to the technique.
  2. Equipment – appropriate to the technique.
  3. Colour theory, in general terms.
  4. Aspects of design, sufficient to allow the students to design their samplers and major pieces.
  5. Stitches and their application as required.
  6. Finishing techniques appropriate to the items embroidered.

On the first day of the course students are given a written outline of the course, including dates of classes, basic syllabus content for each class, homework deadlines, type of folio required and date for finished work to be presented. Items in this document will be verbally reinforced at each lesson.


  1. A folio of class notes, including any tutor hand-outs.
  2. An essay or history as determined by the tutor. The number of words will vary according to the technique. Bibliography to be included.
  3. Reviews of three exhibitions, not necessarily textile exhibitions.
  4. Folio of inspirations for design, eg. Advertisements, wallpaper, fabric, magazine articles, greeting cards, internet images etc.
  5. Samplers as set by the tutor.
  6. Bibliography on stitches and technique.
  7. Three major pieces designed and worked by the student.

Major pieces need not be large but they do need to show a thorough understanding of the technique, and demonstrate three distinct variations. For example, whitework might include a piece of Hardanger, a piece of pulled thread and a piece of drawn thread. In the case of crewel embroidery the three major pieces might demonstrate the work done in three different eras of Ccewel work, eg. Jacobean, William Morris and Deerfield. In the case of patchwork, the tutor may stipulate one piece of patchwork, one piece of appliqué and one piece of whole cloth quilting.

The finishing and mounting must also show that the student is proficient in finishing techniques. No more than one piece may be professionally mounted or finished.

  1. A display of all work. At the close of the course students must set up a display of their work, including major pieces, samplers, folios, written work and any other coursework.

Assessment will be continuous throughout the course. Students must present homework/samples at each session for evaluation by the tutor.

At the end of the course, students are required to set up a display of their work as outlined above.

A written assessment is given to students, and a list of successful students is forwarded to the Education Committee.


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