Goldwork Embroidery Class: Level 1

Goldwork is known to be one of the most ancient techniques and is recognised by its luxuriousness and richness. It is usually seen in ceremonial, military and ecclesiastical applications as well as royal commissions.

Goldwork has been modernised in the past decades by the introduction of metallic thread and coloured purls.

Goldwork Embroidery Class description:

Taught by Stephanie Bonneau, a Senior Embroidery Designer and Tutor based in Cheshire, the class allows students to learn the basics of Goldwork. Techniques to stitch the pearl purl will also be covered. The course will involve how to couch the passing and how to do an essing with gold purl. The aim of this Goldwork Embroidery Class is to learn the basics of this technique to allow members to feel comfortable and ready for the next level.

Stephanie always wanted to be an embroiderer and since graduating from embroidery school she worked for design houses in Paris Fashion shows.

Throughout her career she has worked for embroidery houses such as Atelier Lesage, Atelier Cecile Henry, Atelier Hurel and many others.  She has represented multinational design houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Burberry and Alexander McQueen.

Stephanie still works with fashion houses for Haute Couture collections during Paris fashion weeks.  In 2010 she moved to London to work for the world-renowned Atelier Hand & Lock.  Through dedication and hard work she soon progressed to Head Embroiderer managing a team to deliver bespoke embroidery pieces.  At Hand & Lock she had the opportunity to represent both the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympic Games by delivering embroidery pieces for both events.

Stephanie has experience in teaching where she has lead classes in London and New York to demonstrate embroidery techniques including gold work and tambour beading.  In 2017 she taught at the National Seminar Embroider’s Association of Canada.

Following five years at Hand & Lock Stephanie moved to the position of Embroidery Designer at Ralph & Russo in Mayfair.  At the same time Stephanie wanted to create her own Atelier and in 2015 Atelier Saint Clare was formed.

“The transmission of embroidery art has always been my priority” Stephanie

Stephanie now develops swatches for clients, private commissions and represents Design Houses at London and Paris fashion weeks and teaches embroidery techniques Internationally during National Seminars.

This class includes a kit with black silk satin, smooth and rough gold purls, gold passing, fine pearl purl, needles and bees wax.

Find out more about your tutor Stephanie here: 

*The class is non-refundable but may be exchanged*

*Cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance*

01244 313 700


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Feb 10 2018


10:30 - 16:30


Chester Art Centre


Chester Art Centre
132 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT
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