Goldwork refers to embroidery techniques using metallic thread. Although the term Goldwork is used, threads can also be silver or copper in colour.
This style of embroidery was usually reserved for nobility and became popular in ecclesiastical garments and furnishings.
Chinese and Japanese embroidery works also feature goldwork where it is often combined with silk shading for a luxurious effect.
The nature of some of the threads means that they do not pass easily through fabric, so a technique called couching is used to attach the larger threads to the surface of the fabric with a much finer thread in a matching or contrasting colour.
Maire Curtis offer courses in Goldwork embroidery in the Cumbrian Lake District – Click here for more information.
To find out more about Goldwork embroidery visit the Goldwork Guild website