Win an Online Course in Goldwork Hand Embroidery!

UPDATE: Congratulations to commenter #51, Jennifer Somerset, winner of the free goldwork course! Wish we could’ve given a class to each and every one of you who entered — so many awesome goldwork dreams out there. Know we say it a lot, but you guys are THE BEST.

Didn’t win, but still interested in the class? Use the code URBAN20 to take 20% off any Mastered textile class through April 24, 2014. Thanks so much to Mastered for sharing this prize!

Machine embroidered version of the Gilded Heraldry Eagle design.

Hey, hand embroiderers! Loving the new Gilded Heraldry designs? Want to learn how to make ’em really shine?

Over on Mastered, the amazing stitchers of London hand embroidery company Hand & Lock (embroiderers to the royal family, military, celebrities, and top fashion designers) are teaching an online course in goldwork embroidery. And we’re sending one of you to stitching school! Watch the trailer for a glimpse into the course (or see the hi res version here):

In addition to the detailed video instruction, this course lets you upload images of your work to get feedback from industry experts. If you want to learn goldwork from the very best, short of visiting Hand & Lock, this is probably the awesomest way to do it. Read more about the online goldwork course here!

To enter, comment on this post before Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Central time and tell us: what project would you cover in gorgeous hand-stitched goldwork?

One commenter will be chosen at random, and we’ll put you in touch with Mastered to claim your prize. We’ll contact you at the (hidden) email address you provide with your comment, so make sure to use a good one.

Hand embroidered goldwork showcases a variety of materials and techniques.

Not the lucky winner, but still want in? Use the code URBAN20 to get 20% off any course or school with Mastered. In addition to goldwork, they offer classes in the business of embroidery, tambour beading, and creative embroidery, plus lots of other fashion-oriented topics. This code expires Thursday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m., Central time. Enjoy!

Thanks so much to Mastered for providing this prize! Best of luck!

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92 Responses to “Win an Online Course in Goldwork Hand Embroidery!”

  1. 1
    Anna says:

    I would take the time and finally do a dress for myself with heavy gold embroidery…

  2. 2
    Sarah Tanner says:

    More like what wouldn’t I cover! First off would be a bag, making it so heavy U’d have to stay home and embroider more things rather than going to work πŸ™‚

  3. 3
    Cynthia miller says:

    It’d love to do the stag in traditional goldwork!

  4. 4
    Bev Dear says:

    I would love to use beautiful hand-stitched goldwork on the hem of a floor length cloak πŸ™‚

  5. 5
    Karen Rilstone says:

    I would ultimately love to embellish a black jacket with the gilded heraldry designs and gold work. Amazing!

  6. 6

    I would probably make a game of thrones themed quilt with all the major house sigils!

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    Ellie Boyde says:

    I would love to be able to make a classic embroidered coat of arms, with scrolls and crests, Black with Gleaming Gold. Something that could be an heirloom of the future to pass down to my children.

  8. 8
    Ellen Rosen says:

    For the historic reproduction embroidery that I do, I would LOVE to win this class and just add goldwork to a lot of projects and be able to show it all off.

  9. 9
    Helen Serrano says:

    I would love to embellish a tote with goldwork.

  10. 10
    Lawana Whaley says:

    I have an antique rocker that I am refinishing. It is in desperate need of a new set to replace the needlepoint one. This would be FABULOUS to win this!!!!

  11. 11
    Alex Merrill says:

    What an amazing opportunity! I would use this to make the gilded unicorn for my sister. She would love it!

  12. 12
    sylvia says:

    The bodice of a dress!

  13. 13
    Shannon C. says:

    I would love love love to win this class. I’m an art quilted currently working on a fiber art piece inspired by medieval manuscripts and think that goldwork embroidery would really really enhance the piece.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  14. 14
    Brendan Leber says:

    Why my royal cloak of course. πŸ™‚

  15. 15
    sommerkind says:

    There’s this old wooden chair that used to be in my grandmother’s bedroom. Embroidery on the backrest would work perfectly with the jacquard on the seat.

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    Renee says:

    I would probably start with something smaller like a handbag – little clutch purses with gold clasps to compliment…

  17. 17

    As I do a lot of period reproduction work, I think I would probably start off covering corsets and stays in goldwork, and progress to trying it on a full gown.

  18. 18
    Aeryn says:

    Holy frak that’s beautiful. Perfect for a Capitol Couture or Game of Thrones gown!! <3

  19. 19
    bkp says:

    I have friends who would be thrilled to take it too so I’m spreading the word.

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    Kathleen says:

    I don’t live in America and am not able to enter this contest, but if given the opportunity as this on, I would create heaps of pillows as these could be beautiful and a good subject to practice on.
    Then when the basics are mastered work your way up to embellish everything and anything in your closet.

    Darkest greetingz

  21. 21

    It would have to be a jacket. Yes. A deep blue kind of a jacket. With amazing asymmetric lapels, a stand up collar, and an unusual peplum.

    To be worn everywhere I go, including the grocery store. Because gold work.

  22. 22
    Leia says:

    I am a bookbinder and my embroidery art as the cover, and making an old school book using goldwork instead of foil would be amazing!!!!!!

    I also work on a lot of videogame themed items. I would love to feature goldwork on the large Legend of Zelda piece I am working on.

  23. 23
    Kat says:

    Oh my goodness…I would love how to do this stuff….its amazing.

  24. 24
    Shannon says:

    Such incredible work! I’d love to create detailed decorative hems on dresses for a little extra spice. πŸ™‚

  25. 25
    Darlene says:

    I would like to put on an evening handbag, pillows, and maybe some clothes. Very lovely!!

  26. 26
    Diana Cleary says:

    I have been working on our family genealogy for several years and am in the process if transferring all the information onto a very large wall hanging and smaller ones for siblings. I am using embroidery (hand & machine) and other fabric techniques to make this. The wall hanging has a very large tree that spreads out. Our direct ancestor will be depicted using a scroll shape hanging from branch with their information. Non-direct (ie direct ancestors siblings) with have their names and birth/death years on a leaf shape around the direct ancestor.

    Learning how to do this special embroidery would really add richness and finish to my project. Thank you, Diana

  27. 27
    BrandyH says:

    There are sooo many projects I could finish off beautifully if I learned how to do goldwork. I would la-la-la-love to win this class!

  28. 28
    Jamila says:

    Probably a whole outfit: corset, shirk and bustle.

  29. 29
    Margaret Brooks says:

    Oh I would love to learn another new stitch, hand embrodery is what I love so please give me a chance.

  30. 30
    Sherry says:

    I love hand embroidery, and I’ve always wanted to try goldwork. It’s just gorgeous!

  31. 31
    Melissa says:

    I would like to do a jacket with some whimsical gold creatures. And, of course, a coordinating bag.

  32. 32
    Pippa Pease says:

    I’m thinking a jewelry box top, Maybe a hat…………

  33. 33
    Kylie says:

    I would love to do an over cloak like the those that Sansa and Margorie wear in Game of Thrones!! That would look beautiful!!

  34. 34
    Jamie says:

    That goldwork is amazing!!

  35. 35
    Laura says:

    I would use to restore a beautiful hand-beaded bag that my grandmother gave me.

  36. 36
    joanna waddoups says:

    I would have so many pillows and a new duvet cover!!

  37. 37
    Melissa McWhite says:

    Gorgeous work! I would start with a crest for a pillow – something small that I could actually finish!

  38. 38
    Julia says:

    I would cover a business-style black dress with goldwork and wear it to parties. On-trend right now but will be classic forever.

  39. 39
    Bubbabin says:

    I’m thinking a lovely corset with goldwork and perhaps a cloak to match!

  40. 40
    Lana Stoner says:

    I have in mind to create two items that this type of embroidery be terrific. An embroidered bodice and train for a wedding/reception dress and the other a renaissance couples complete outfit.

  41. 41
    Cheryl says:

    Wow, what an opportunity! Thanks!

  42. 42
    Debbie says:

    I would love to win this. I create figurative sculpture and also make costumes and this would be such an amazing technique to use when creating clothing or costumes or well pretty much anything!!!

  43. 43
    Kim says:

    I would embroider a hat! I have always wanted a goldwork hat. I would love to win this prize.

  44. 44
    Deanna Rector says:

    I have a pattern for a Hungarian Szur that would just be the perfect palette for embroidery on the back collar piece.

  45. 45
    Nathalie says:

    I would love to do an emboidery of an medieval script with some real gold embroidery

  46. 46
    Tiffany says:

    I would make pillow shams and decorative pillows for my bedroom.

  47. 47

    I just saw a documentation about the embroiderers and I loved it! Since I’m getting married next year August, I’d use this class to embroider my wedding dress πŸ™‚

  48. 48
    Violet Anderson says:

    I would love to learn Goldwork. I would like to do a flower, most likely a rose that would either go on an evening bag or a wall hanging.

  49. 49

    Holy Moley! That is beautiful. Just when I thought my hand embroidery would go by the wayside (because of my machine embr. addiction) I see this! How absolutely gorgeous. Kudos!

  50. 50
    Alice says:

    I would love to learn goldwork embroidery and make a gorgeous cover of my handbag.

  51. 51
    Jennifer Somerset says:

    A corset with classic Anglo Saxton imagery that ends up telling a story as you walk around to admire it.

  52. 52
    Melanie says:

    I would like to embroider a cushion for a special occassion. My parents in law having theire 50th weddingday coming up. So as this is called goldwedding, I want to make them a golden gift for this special anniversary.

  53. 53
    Cindy McCarty says:

    I love to follow Oscar de la Renta for the ways that he uses embroidery in garments. This fits right in with that. I am ready to get into it.

  54. 54
    Rebecca says:

    I think if I won, I’d do a winter jacket. I would love to learn how to do this, so beautiful.

  55. 55
    Kelly says:

    I would use goldwork to embroider a phoenix onto something for myself, and an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor for my Marine husband. And I’m sure I’d find things to keep going with after that!

  56. 56
    April says:

    I have a sturdy dark grey zip-up dress perfect for covering in goldwork. I’ve been waiting for the right project to stitch on it, and I’m super excited!

  57. 57
    Laura Zeman says:

    I would absolutely love to make a historically accurate coat embellished with goldwork! What an amazing talent to be able to create these embroideries…

  58. 58
    Lisa Parr says:

    I am a big ol’ history buff and Ren Faire participant. My Father hails from turn of the century London…This would be such an amazing opportunity. My half sister did our family tree and we date back to the Tudors. I have sewn since I was nine I would love to design a jacket to be worn with pride. πŸ™‚ And I will document the “schooling”, design and production process for your web site… It will be sooo exciting. πŸ™‚

  59. 59
    Charlotte says:

    I would love to make a goldwork encrusted cover for my university dissertation. I have always had an interest in Medieval English Church embroideries so a beautiful medieval goldwork cover would be the perfect place to keep my medieval Church history dissertation, especially having worked on it so hard and for so long.

  60. 60
    Cherry2000 says:

    These are gorgeous designs! (I just bought the packs in all three sizes). I am thinking of doing a jacket, and also the seats of my dining room chairs with them.

  61. 61
    Jordyne says:

    My son’s favorite color is gold! I would love to make both a quilt and a coat for him with his colors and in his favorite designs! Luckily Urban Threads has a design for every taste! πŸ˜€

  62. 62
    Katie says:

    I have to pick one? First thing that comes to mind is an 1880’s ladies evening jacket or bodice. Giddy thinking about it. πŸ™‚

  63. 63
    Raghad McFadden says:

    I would like to embroider something for my mother to say thank you for introducing me to embroidery when I was a little girl

  64. 64

    What Fine Art! I have long admired this work and long to embellish evening wear garments and add little surprises in everyday wear and accessories. Thank you Urban Threads for this opportunity.

  65. 65
    Karen Nelson says:

    I’ve always loved doing things by hand – quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet. My mom even had me do all the handwork on items she sewed by machine. I’d love to add goldwork hand embroidery to my quilts, clothing and other items. This would be such a wonderful skill to develop. Thanks for the opportunity to learn this technique.

  66. 66
    Dee Ryno says:

    I do framed art. I would love to learn to mix goldwork hand embroidery with regular embroidery. Picture an eagle rising towards the sky in fiery metallic gold feathers and a fiery sun mixed with regular embroidery in the background. This would also be awesome on scarf ends – a mirror image of the same on the other end of the scarf! Goldwork is very beautiful!

  67. 67
    Jane O'Leary says:

    Not sure what it would be but would probably involve a dragon.

  68. 68
    Alexia Gordon says:

    I would cover liturgical vestments in gold work and donate them to my church

  69. 69
    Emma Watts says:

    I would use it to enhance all my projects, and add sparkle to my Live Roleplaying kit.

  70. 70
    Helen Shipman says:

    I would cover a dress neckline with ivy leaf designs.

  71. 71
    Susan Read says:

    I love learning new types of embroidery! My first project would probably be a handbag.

  72. 72
    Emily Yelton says:

    I would do a jacket for this Autumn!

  73. 73
    Carol Loughlin says:

    I would embroider a black velvet jacket for evening wear.

  74. 74
    Emma Warts says:

    I would use the skills to enhance my projects and add additional luxury to my live role playing kit

  75. 75
    Kirstie DeKrey says:

    I think – after practicing on test fabric – I would want to do goldwork on some type of early-period cloak/coat for my SCA garb. Something to shine with whatever outfit I wore underneath. Goldwork and maybe crewel around the shoulders, I think, and a bit down the centre back.

  76. 76

    I saw a tree done in goldwork, mine would be on raw silk and then framed.

  77. 77
    Karen Rilstone says:

    I would embroidery a black jacket!

  78. 78
    Lisa Casler says:

    I would embroider the door panels and seat covers in our 1947 Chrysler New Yorker. Such a regal car would look even more majestic with gold on black embroidery.

  79. 79
    Marlene R says:

    I would love to embroider a blazer!Love the thistle design!

  80. 80
    Sally Kentfield says:

    I would embroider an ornate victorian-style knitting needle case.

  81. 81
    Wendy Wiggins says:

    I would love to try something like the abstract/star yoke as illustrated. This would look fabulous on a jacket.

  82. 82
    Sam Catchpole says:

    I would make a piece of art for my new library based on the tree of life

  83. 83
    Clare says:

    I would finally do some gold work on a cloak for my best friend that I’m making him for being my best man at my wedding.

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    Amanda Sharp says:


  85. 85
    Tiffanie J. says:

    GenCon is here in a couple months and I would use my new skills to make a rocking costume (probably Game of Thrones-inspired) to shop up all the non-committers just wearing corsets and jeans.

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    heather says:

    this is a cool idea

  87. 87
    Cynthia Koziol-White says:

    A beautiful jacket and messenger bag would look great with those designs on them. It would be awesome to find out more about family crests and embroider my and my husbands crests πŸ™‚

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    AnnMarie says:

    Oh goodness, I would make something for my Mom. Mom shared her sewing box freely, scraps & thread are sillsome of my favorites. So maybe a wonderful elegant pillow.

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    Lorna Morochove says:

    I would like to add goldwork to the lapels and cuffs of a tailored jacket. I can see it now…gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

  90. 90

    I do most of my embroidery with beads and sequins on belly dance costumes. I would love to add another texture to my costume designs with gold work!

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    Keri Salvner says:

    Adding this trick to my bag of sewing styles would be AWESOME!! I have a jacket I just got done drafting that I am going to be cutting and sewing this weekend and some goldwork would look incredible on it!! Thank you for this opportunity.

  92. 92
    Nikki says:

    This would be so cool.