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Goldwork Embroidery Project Step-by-Step: Stylized Pomegranate


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The purpose of this article is to provide an index for all the posts in my goldwork embroidery project, which features a stylized “pomegranate” or artichoke design.

Almost every article in the series has some valuable tips and techniques for goldwork, so I’m hoping that you’ll find it useful to use as a reference.

I began this particular goldwork embroidery project in February, 2010, and finished it almost two months later, at the beginning of April. It took a total of 56.5 hours to work, including project design, set-up, and the stitching. The finished project was framed.

Goldwork Embroidery Project on Needle 'n Thread

You can find all the articles in this series, in order from start to finish, through the links below:

Stylized Pomegranate Pattern used for this project
Setting up the Project on a Frame
Preparing the Ground Fabric with Felt Padding
Selecting Colors of Silk for the Project
The Stitching Begins – Silk Shading
Continuing the silk shading – the left side
Finishing the silk shading
The Goldwork Begins: Smooth Passing Thread
Check Thread for Outlining
Chip Work Filling with Check Purl
Outlining with Stretched Pearl Purl
Filling the Bowl with Passing Thread
Finishing the Tips with Passing Thread
Finishing the Fruit
Beginning the Stem
Continuing with the Green on the Stem
Almost finished! Chip work on the Stem
Goldwork Embroidery Project: Finis!


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  1. It is so beautiful. Like many others, I have enjoyed the Pomegranate project from the first to last day.

    You have such an inspirational site and talent to match

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. G'day Mary,

    This reference is wonderful. Greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort of all you do. Many thanks.

    Cheers, Kath

  3. It was a fantastic project. Thank you for putting your step-by-step here for us and for gathering it into one place.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to organize those, Mary. I do indeed save these posts and make use of the tips. The "here's what worked and what didn't" info is invaluable.
    Janice in K.C.

  5. Gorgeous. Thank you Mary for again being such an inspiration to us all.

    I have a small query. I notice under the chip work you have placed a small piece of felt in a matching colour. May I ask why? and is this always necessary?

    Thanks again.

  6. Hi, Marian –

    Yes, if you look earlier in the series, you'll see the part where I added the felt. The gold / yellow keeps the ground fabric from being seen. It also pads the area and lifts it above the ground fabric… Hope that helps!


  7. Thanks, Mary,
    This will surely be helpful when I start my "Golden Pomegranate" kit from Inspirations.

  8. Hi Mary,
    This was a beautiful project and it was wonderful of you to share it with us. I have done just a little gold work and only wish I had your talent. Keep up the good work.
    Joan, Richmond BC Canada

  9. Hi Mary,

    Great Thanks for this collection! Your Goldwork Pomegranate is in my favourites list and I much appreciate you putting this in one place 🙂

    I have a suggestion here…
    As far as I had followed, you had taken us through a variety of projects like the long and short stich shading, hand embroidery of letters and texts, crewel rooster, goldwork pomegranate and currently the blackwork fish. Why don't you put a link under the editor's floss – something like "Projects and Tutorials" – and point to the post (like this one for the goldwork)linking to all the step-by-step posts? This would serve as a reference to the stich varieties as well as types of embroidery, and would be of great help esp to beginners like me 🙂

  10. Hi, Dhivya –

    Yep, that's what's happening. That will all be set up on the new site. The reason I'm building this index post right now (and another one coming up today for the rooster) is so that the pages are built before transferring to the new site.



  11. Ooh! I just clicked through from Google Reader for the first time since your site redesign, and I want to say … well, ooh! Very nice.

    The pomegranate is such a beautiful project. I particularly love the central section and the outlining. And I speak as one who generally doesn’t go All Melty over goldwork, by the way – so perhaps it has universal appeal 🙂

  12. Estimada Mary:soy bordadora, vivo en Argentina, y desde hace un tiempo me anoté en los boletines de su blog.Estoy altamente impresionada por la calidad de sus trabajos, no sólo por el goldwork sino por todos.Es especialmente hermoso como hace el crewel.La felicito de corazón y continuaré visitando su página para aprender más de una verdadera maestra.Gracias por compartirlo con todas nosotras,afectuosamente MARISA

  13. i love your site, design, tutorials. 🙂 when i was a little girl, i like to see my mom doing hand stitching. sometimes i tried. your tutorial and lots of tips take me those days with my mom. many many thanks. 🙂

  14. After doing my secret garden twice and practicing say yes I can do This. I understand if you say know after seeing my secret gardens.

    Thank you,


  15. hello, Mary my name is Maryellen, I was wondering if there was anything wrong with registering for the Q and A, I have tried and it says I cannot register at this time. I am not sure if I am doing anything wrong. Thank you

    1. Hi, Maryellen – Yes, the Ask & Share is decommissioned at this point. The website is undergoing some changes, and the A&S section will be no longer attached to the site, eventually. So for right now, there are no new registrations. If you’re looking for a forum where you can ask questions and share images of embroidery, you might find Stitchin’ Fingers helpful: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com

  16. Hi Mary I hope your keeping well. I have downloaded the pattern for this piece but because I am using an iPad I am not sure it’s printed it the right size sometimes they print smaller so is it possible to give me approx measurement please. Many thanks for your time, I love your site and work.

  17. I wonder if you know why gold passing thread is called “passing”?
    I cannot find an answer on the Internet. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Isabel – I sure don’t, but I would imagine that it has something to do with the fact that it passes over the fabric rather than through the fabric. That would be my guess, anyway!

  18. I am so interested in learning to do gold work. I think it is just beautiful. I have not done much embroidery, but I have done needlepoint for more than 30 years. I have tied to find out if there is a group in my area that I might learn , but I have been unsuccessful in finding anyone. How do you suggest I get started? Thanks for your help.

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