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Beginners Guide to Goldwork [Paperback]

Ruth Chamberlain
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Sep 2006
The beauty of goldwork lies in the way it reflects the light when threads and stitches are worked into a design in different ways. The texture, the tones and the shapes all combine to create rich, wonderful embroideries that are a joy to behold. Ruth explains all about the materials, the stitches, how to transfer designs, raise surfaces and much more. Diagrams, patterns and detailed step-by-step photographs illustrate each stage and include superb finished pieces which will appeal to all embroiderers, whatever their skill level. There is very little competition, this is a popular technique. It is a "Needlecrafts" series title.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0855329548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0855329549
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 20.4 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Euro Reviews:For the basis of this book Ruth Chamberlin uses a sampler (pictured on the front cover) that she made and used as an aid when teaching her students how to master the different embroidery techniques. It now serves the same purpose for the readers of this book. Step-by-step she explains through text and photographs how to master the techniques used for the particular parts of her sampler, most of them worked in gold or silk thread. There is absolutely no need to embroider a full copy of her sampler, you can just learn to make leaves or teardrops or other figures and use them as you wish in your own designs. For these designs as well as for the project of the last chapter she has included templates which you can transfer on transparent paper to get you started. The different designs you'll learn to make include a decorative leaf, a golden diamond, a golden circle, three circles, a decorative lozenge and teardrops. Especially the last one I find quite impressive. The stitches you will learn to master in this book are laid stitch, trellis stitch, satin stitch, long stitch, short stitch, brick stitch and basket stitch. The step-by-step instructions of all these stitches make this book perfect for beginners as well as more experienced embroiderers to fresh up their skills. You will also learn to master couching, padding, using kid and making raised gold.In the last chapter, and to me also the most interesting one, the author guides you through a simple project, perfect for beginners. Two different designs for one project will show you what you have learned to master in this book and it'll be a great motivation to try out more projects once you have managed to complete this project. There are endless possibilities for making your very own projects as you just need a bit of imagination and a pencil to transfer it onto the fabric, choose the stitches you want to use and voila. If you decide to look at it that way I'm sure you'll agree with me that this book has opened up a whole new world of using gold in your embroidery pieces and will offer you endless possibilities.Merseyside Embroiderers Guild:This book would be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the Traditional skills of Embroidery. The author has produced an excellent guide to the use of goldwork in both ancient and modern embroidery designs. It starts with setting up the frame and explains the different kinds of threads, stitches and materials needed to complete professional stitching. The techniques are explained very clearly with diagrams and photographs which are easy to follow. Any reader starting to develop an interest in this ancient form of embroidery would find this paperback book invaluable both as an explanation of techniques and as a guide to design in a more modern form. The illustrations show some beautiful examples of the use of goldwork.New Stitches:...this book is absolutely essential for anyone with an interest in learning how to work ecclesiastical Goldwork. Ruth takes the reader through the basics with information about the various fabrics and threads plus a vital chapter on how to prepare a slate frame. Each of the main stitches are fully explained which are taken from one of Ruth's samplers and components of this are used to explain the individual techniques...It is worth mentioning that only components of the sampler are provided, not the entire design itself, but in an initial practise piece this is all that is required. There is an acorn sprig that is a design in itself that can be completed once you have tackled the stitches preceding it. The book concentrates on the use of Jap threads which is predominately used in ecclesiastic Goldwork so as to keep the embroidery, which is mainly used on copes and stoles, supple and light.Stitch:The title of this book perhaps gives the impression that it's very basic, but it's ideal for both the beginner and the more advanced embroiderer.If you haven't tried goldwork before or lack confidence, Ruth's clear instructions, looking at materials, stitches, how to transfer designs, raise surfaces and more, will be a boon. Techniques are explained in detailed step-by-step photographs illustrating each stage and include beautifully finished pieces that will appeal to all embroiderers. She also shares hints on how to get that perfect finish.West Country Embroiderers:I found this book very interesting and enjoyable to read. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, the colour plates are exciting and made me feel that I must do some goldwork again. It will be a good reference book for anyone to have and I intend to get one to add to my growing library of Search Press books. This practical guide incorporates both embroidery and goldwork techniques, that will appeal to all abilities. Clear, photographed step-by-step guides will take you through every stage from start to finish.-Cross Stitch Collection

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Ruth Chamberlin studied drawing and dress at Croydon Art School before moving on to the School of Embroidery, London, where she studied ecclesiastical embroidery. After leaving the school Ruth worked at the Warham Guild in London where she embroidered a cope and mitre for the Archbishop of Cantebury. Ruth now works on her own commissions, and has taught in adult education for over thirty years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Guide to Goldwork 26 Aug 2007
What a wonderful little book! After a brief history, and materials/equipment needed, we get straight onto the nitty gritty of completing the sampler on the front cover. Some simple but very effective stitches that make this particular sampler stand out. If you've never done goldwork before and fancied a go, this is definitely a must. If you have done goldwork before, this book is still a little treasure, because it's got work and stitches in there I haven't used before. Covers all sorts in its 80 pages. I have recommended it to other people. Well done author Ruth Chamberlin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Begginers Guide to Goldwork - Ruth Chamberlin 29 Aug 2009
This is a delightful book; I love it! It really excites me from the cover inwards! The instructions and colour illustrations show so clearly what can be achieved with care and patience. I particularly liked the use of gold and colour. My own interest is also in ecclesiastical work so I am looking forward to discovering other books by Ruth Chamberlin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just does all it says on the tin, wonderful 13 Jun 2011
If you are, like me, unable to get to classes to teach you goldwork this book is the next best thing. Chamberlin takes the reader gently through introductory pages about her training at the School of Embroidery and a bit of the history of goldwork, before going on to introduce the materials and equipment you need.

There is a really clear Getting Started section which shows you how to prepare and frame your fabric in a slate frame, transfer a design and begin and end gold and coloured threads.

Chamberlain shows you how to create a sampler and double page spread is given over to each stitch: laid stich, couching, padding (floss, cotton, card and felt), satin stitch, long and short stitch, brick stitch, using kid and basket stitch.

Each spread begins with a section about the stitch and lots of great tips so that your effort will come out as well as possible. Then there are numbered steps clearly illustrated by really good photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More, Mrs Chamberlin, please! 1 Jun 2011
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspirational book from cover to cover. Well supported throughout with samples and step-by-step instructions. I look forward to applying the techniques to a forthcoming project that has been shelved for a number of years whilst I searched out guidance. As for follow-on texts - More, Mrs Chamberlin, please!
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