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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 February 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214861
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  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 230
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: Search Press Classics
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Beginner's Guide to Goldwork


by Ruth Chamberlin & Mary Corbet

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Book Description

A beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide for beginners to the exquisite art of goldwork embroidery.

Goldwork is the art of embroidery with metal threads, and has been prized by religious orders and royal households throughout history for its opulence and intricate stitchery. Those who love traditional embroidery can now learn the essential techniques and create their own exquisite embroideries with this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.

Through careful and detailed instruction, Ruth Chamberlin teaches you how to stitch beautiful goldwork motifs, which together form an impressive sampler to show off their work. Covering a range of designs, stitches and techniques, with templates throughout and examples of the author's inspiring work, this book provides a firm basis on which to build future projects and continue on your goldwork journey.

This popular and enduring book by Ruth Chamberlin now returns as a Search Press Classic, with the addition of a foreword by the illustrious embroiderer and world-renowned blogger Mary Corbet (

About the Author

About Ruth Chamberlin

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.

About Mary Corbet


Library Journal USA

Goldwork, a centuries-old technique most commonly seen in ecclesiastical embroidery, incorporates gold thread as an element of the design, usually alongside silk or cotton threads. Educator Chamberlin demonstrates commonly used goldwork methods, with a focus on the specialized stitches and approaches involved. Many of the stitches are familiar to embroiderers, and the gold thread is couched using a brick stitch or a similar couching stitch. Though Chamberlin references a sampler when teaching goldwork, only pieces of that sampler are provided here. While they could easily stand alone as smaller works, its unfortunate that those learning from this book dont have access to the full design. VERDICT Goldwork is a fascinating specialty technique, and Chamberlin provides a beginner-friendly overview to the intricacies of it.

East Kent Embroiderers Guild

A re-issued title, part of the Classics series, is perfect for anyone who loves working with gold/silver threads.  Ruth presents detailed instructions for eight beautiful designs for the embroiderer to replicate or adapt, using traditional materials and techniques all fully explained and illustrated.   Sumptuous photography, highlighting shimmering gold and silk threads, will inspire both the beginner and more experienced to create their own masterpiece.  Outstanding value for money.

Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread

January 2017

Oh dear.

I promise this isnt shameless self-promotion here. Theres nothing about this book that has to do with me, except for the fact that I love the bookand the fact that my name is on the cover.
Theres a new edition to Beginners Guide to Goldwork by Ruth Chamberline out. I wrote the forward. Why? Because I love the book!
I reviewed Beginners Guide to Goldwork a long time ago, way back in 2007. It became hard to find for a while, and now its been re-issued a great boon to embroiderers everywhere, because now the book is widely available again, and affordably so!

There are many reasons why this book nestles deep within the cockles of my heart, but theres one reason in particular. Ill share that with you today, because if youre anything like me when it comes to your embroidery journey, youll understand!

Besides the book being a practical instructional guide, and besides the book housing some really stunning goldwork embroidery, and besides the book featuring a drop-dead-gorgeous silk and gold embroidery sampler to work all of these being good reasons for loving the book and wanting it on your shelf

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I have never done goldwork before, but this book has all you need to know. What I like best about it, is that it does not just stick to very simplistic ideas. It gives the basics and then shows you what is possible. The step by step stitches and projects are achievable. This is a great little book. The examples of Ruth's work are amazing.

Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread

January 2007

If youre a fan of goldwork and silk embroidery, or if its something youve seen and wanted to try, but didnt know how to go about starting, then this is the book for you! Beginners Guide to Goldwork by Ruth Chamberline (published by Search Press) is a magnificent instructional book on basic goldwork techniques and silk stitching.

Published in December of 2006, Beginners Guide to Goldwork is a practical guide not only for the newcomer, but also for the experienced embroiderer. Ruths book is full of magnificent color photos of gorgeous goldwork projects they are a real source of inspiration for any needleworker. But better than that, the step-by-step instructions are all illustrated. All kinds of goldwork techniques from simple couching to Or Nué, as well as embroidery techniques such as shading (in long and short stitch), as all worked out right before your eyes in great photo tutorials.

Ive got quite a collection of goldwork books, and when I first saw that this one was coming out, I thought it would be just another book with the same stuff in it. But when it arrived in the mail, I couldnt put it down until Id read through the whole book and examined every photo. I concluded that I really like this book!

The goldwork part of this book primarily concentrates on couched goldwork threads, like passing threads and so forth. The author shows you all kinds of methods of couching, to achieve different effects in your goldwork. The instruction is given by walking the embroiderer through a beautiful goldwork and silk sampler, so its a great way to get introduced to metal thread embroidery and to enjoy making a really pretty sampler!

Its hard to say what I like best about the book. I can appreciate the instructions (including photos) on setting up a project, choosing threads, transferring the design, starting and ending threads all those details that, when I first started stitching, I had no idea about, but which make a finished project so much more professional. All the details are here, mapped out perfectly for the beginner. But I think, overall, I like the authors direct approach and clear explanations. And, of course, the lavish photos, which are all close-up enough to see the details and get the gist of the techniques used.

If youre a fan of goldwork and silk embroidery or of needlework in general I think youll like having this book in your library.

Featured in The Needlework Books that Keep on Giving October 2016

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