Hawthorne & Heaney loves the London Embroidery School’s Christmas Stars Goldwork Workshop

This weekend, Hawthorne & Heaney’s sister company, The London Embroidery School hosted a special Christmas Goldwork Stars Workshop. The students were eager to learn more about goldwork techniques so the opportunity to combine new skills and festivities was too much to miss!

Here are a few photos from their progress through the day:


They start by preparing the fabric, transfering the design and padding some areas with felt.


Some of the students edge their stars with pearle purl, covering the padded areas with cutwork in a combination of rough and smooth purl and filling the flat area with bright check chips.

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Others used a combination of purl and check for the padded area and crystals for the flat.


The lovely Pearl teaching (and posing)


Some of the tools used during the day including wax, tweezers, scissors, size 12 needles, purl, check, pricker and bright check chips on the bullion board


Deep concentration is necessary for work like this


A table full of stars (and slight creative chaos)


Some of the students feeling a little bit pleased with their progress

At Hawthorne & Heaney we are always delighted to see people taking an interest and learning about these specialist embroidery techniques. We feel that it is important to preserve the knowledge of how to create these effect so that the crafts do not get lost in generations to come so if you would like to learn more about some of these specialist embroidery skills, why not join the London Embroidery School ladies for a course and see what you can learn!

Hawthorne & Heaney and Goldwork by the London Embroidery School

IMG_0832Do you find yourself amazed at some of the traditional goldwork techniques still being used today as they have been for hundreds if years and wish you knew how to create those kind of effects? Well, you may be in luck as the London Embroidery School is offering new Beginners Level and Intermediate 5 Day Goldwork courses.

gold work military hand embroidered cuffIn these courses, they will be teaching some of the techniques you can see in these images of ours, such as passing, cutwork, raising as well as many others.

IMG_3011The Courses will be taught by their practising embroiderers with time for you to both watch the demonstrations as well as practise under their watchful eyes.


If you would like more information or to book you place in these very select classes please click here. The Courses will be taking place 8th-12th June during the day in our Islington Studio.