Goldwork Dragonfly – Part 2

I really enjoy trying new types of needlework, but there are some kinds that I find more intimidating than others. Stumpwork, for example, scares the pants off of me. Goldwork is another technique that I’ve wanted to try, but have been both afraid and not sure where to begin.

Goldwork Flower (class from Alma Laidlaw)

Goldwork Flower (class from Alma Laidlaw)

Actually, several years ago I took a little “teaser” class at the Creativ Festival and made the little piece above. We learned a bit about the types of materials used and a few techniques, but since it was pretty easy I figured that either I was missing something or that the instructor had left a lot out.

This winter I decided to try a beginner goldwork class from Alison Cole. I was really intimidated, but after the first lesson was complete I felt so much better. (I shared my progress in this blog post and on Instagram.) Having all the supplies and great instructions full of pictures was so helpful. It made me much more brave.

Here is the final result:

Goldwork Dragonfly, designed by Alison Cole

Goldwork Dragonfly, designed by Alison Cole

It isn’t exactly like the model. Unfortunately, I placed the ribbon flowers a little too low on the bottom wings and made the petals a bit too large. So I had to change the position of the sadi flower, and only make one instead of two. But, if you didn’t know that they were “wrong”, I think it looks fabulous.

I’d really love to try some more goldwork in the future. Alison has some really lovely kits and a couple of other classes I’d like to try. She also has a stumpwork book that looks very interesting…

 

  1. It’s stunning. It does sound like the stump work class is calling your name… I’d love to do hardanger but the thought terrifies me!

  2. That’s it, you’re hooked!

    Don’t be too intimidated by stumpwork. There are many different techniques to try, and because the raised elements are made separately you can always make another if the first doesn’t quite work….

  3. Your butterfly looks amazing and it is completely unique too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you stitch next.

  4. Your dragonfly looks great!! We are usually our own harshest critics. =) I have had a goldwork class with Allison in person, and she is a fabulous teacher (as well as very entertaining). I don’t have her book, but I would guess it would be great!!