Goldwork is probably one of the most awe-inspiring embroidery techniques, and I’m happy to see that its popularity is gaining ground again worldwide.
I have never failed to get ooooooos and aaaaaaahs and wows and all kinds of exclamations when I’ve shown off even the little scraps of practice goldwork. And I admit, that’s always my reaction, too. When I see goldwork, I’m like the crow or whatever it was in that movie I saw when I was a kid – he was always completely mesmerized by “sparklies.” (I think I just dated myself, and demonstrated that I have a pretty foggy memory when it comes to movies from childhood!)
I rank goldwork among my favorite needlework techniques, but the silly thing is, I really haven’t done that much of it! I can count eight goldwork projects I’ve done. That’s it. Eight. That’s not much!
Anyway, one of the reasons goldwork appeals to me, I think, is its rich history. If you’ve never read anything about the history of this opulent form of needlework, but you’d like to, you’re in luck – Country Bumpkin has published a nice, concise article on the History of Goldwork.
When Margaret sent me the link, she commented that the article was probably a result of the recently published A-Z of Goldwork book, and I suppose she’s right. The book hasn’t been distributed in the US yet, but we’re waiting anxiously. I pre-ordered mine through Wooly Thread, and was disappointed to find out that it seems we won’t get them until the end of August (!!). I suppose that’s what I get for saving on shipping and not pre-ordering through Country Bumpkin!
Although I’m anxious to see the book and to compare it with other excellent goldwork books I have – like the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork by Ruth Chamberline – the truth of the matter is, it’s probably better not to get distracted with a book that’s going to make me want to start Yet One More Project!
Since this post comes without photos, I’ll reference you to this post of a magnificent piece of goldwork…
Enjoy the article!