Goldwork Courses and classes
Goldwork Courses and classes – We offer a range of Courses and Classes throughout the year from retreats to regular classes. One off classes and classes held in assosiation with other companies such as Denman and Lady Anne’s Needlework.
Golden Hinde Courses
Our resident Tutor
Sarah Rakestraw is Golden Hinde’s resident tutor, and is also Recommended Embroiderers Guild tutor. Sarah has been teaching classes and courses for many years, she is very patient and encouraging.
At Golden Hinde we hold regular Goldwork classes on a fortnightly basis, but in addition to this we also run courses throughout the year which we can arrange to be held in your area, for 5 to 18 embroiderers. We do get booked up very quickly and we are now taking bookings for 2018 and 2019, if you would like to book a course, please contact us directly, providing us with 2 or 3 date options and we will try our best to accommodate. All course options can be found below.
Sarah is also able to give talks on Goldwork if you would like to arrange this please contact us directly.
Golden Hinde are now offering residential retreats, places are confirmed on receipt of payment. Please look at our Residential retreats page for details on upcoming retreats and availability
Lady Anne’s Festival
Sarah will be teaching at the Lady Anne’s festival from 4th July – 17th July with the Crewelwork Company. you can find more information here Lady Anne’s festival
Regular classes we run
Golden Hinde run regular fortnightly goldwork embroidery classes in Warrington. Classes are run on Monday’s and Tuesday’s 10-4. These classes do need to be booked in advance. In addition to Goldwork we do incorporate other embroidery techniques, such as stumpwork, silk shading, needle weaving. If you are interested in joining us please contact us directly for more information.
If you are unable to attend a regular class and have 6 or more ladies that want to learn goldwork or improve your technique,then we can arrange to come to your area, we offer several different courses – which are listed below – there is something to suit everyone.
Please contact us directly for more information and prices.
Our very own Sarah Rakestraw from Golden Hinde will be hosting 1 day Goldwork Courses. Sarah is a well established tutor in Goldwork and has been teaching Goldwork for over 15 years and we are delighted to be able to open up Goldwork courses to everyone.
We are hold various day classes throughout the year at our Warrington Studio, this is a great way to start your Goldwork Journey and a chance to be taught by one of the best tutors in the business.
Check our shop page for classes that are available and more information Embroidery Courses
New Stitch along projects
Did you know that Sarah also holds courses at Denman College in Oxfordshire these are residential courses which are bookable via the Denman College website
There are a variety of courses for all levels, including Glorious Goldwork and a Mirror course. All costings include accommodation and all meals. Book now via the Denman College website
Occasionally we organise for a guest tutor to take our classes, to teach other embroidery techniques other than Goldwork.
Our regular class attendees do get first refusal on places, however, we do allow others to attend on a first come first served basis. You would need to book you place on a guest class directly with us.
Watch this space for future Guest Tutors
previous guest classes:
We are very excited and thrilled to announce that Jen Goodwin will be joining Golden Hinde to teach a Blackwork course on the 2nd and 3rd July 2018
Jen Goodwin is a traditionally trained artisan embroiderer who graduated in 2003 from the Royal School of Needlework. Jen has a fantastic reputation in the embroidery community for her Blackwork skills, and our course will feature a majestic Peacock.
Jen works from her open studio at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne, Dorset, and we are so happy to be able to offer this unique opportunity to be taught Blackwork by an RSN tutor.
JUNE 2016 – Whitework with Nicola Jarvis
find details of these by clicking this link Guest Tutor Courses
Designs will be supplied by the tutor
All levels can be taught individually, choose from the following options or contact us for more details
Level 1 Introductory techniques for goldwork embroidery – Application of Jap, Passing thread, Bright Check, Smooth Purl, Pearl Purl and Leather.
Level 2 Advanced techniques 1 – Basket weave and purls over string.
Level 3 Advanced techniques 2 – Or Nue techniques
The Goldwork embroidery courses can be run as individual one off classes.
We offer day courses for groups of 5-18 these courses all need to be pre-booked and 2-3 dates need to be provided to us. If you are an individual interested in these courses it maybe worth contacting your local Embroiderers guild or sewing group to see if they would be interested in arranging a course with Golden Hinde.
Our courses are tailored to fit the requirements of the individuals, but the following options have been the most popular. During a class, we will cover the use of Jap and its many facets, the use of most wires in Goldwork Embroidery and an introduction to new threads. You will be taught the applications and techniques of Goldwork embroidery and produce a sample or piece by the end of the course dependent on the course type and length. The courses cater for beginners to expert, our aim is to encourage an enthusiasm for the array of techniques of this special craft.
Goldwork Embroidery Course type 1
Goldwork Embroidery Course type 2
An heirloom in a day.
This is a one day course where you can learn the basic techniques and complete a design, from five worked pieces.
Designs are supplied by the tutor
Goldwork Embroidery Course type 3
We have a variety of kits available and each individual can choose a kit and work it within the class, as the techniques learnt are within each kit. Or your own design can be worked, this needs to be sent in advance of the course.
Goldwork Embroidery Course type 4
Mirror course, this is a 3 day course which is usually run on a fortnightly basis. We have already worked four example mirrors, on which your design can be based on or your own design can be worked.
How will I learn?
Through demonstration of techniques followed by discussion and practical workshop with tuition.
Who is the course aimed at?
Anyone with basic sewing skills through to the competent embroiderer.
All our courses can be adapted to suit the group, please contact us directly with you requirements.
Courses can also be arranged on a one to one teaching basis for individuals working on their own project, wanting to learn new techniques or that would like inspiration.