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Goldwork Highlights Report

A centrepiece exhibition of over 90 goldwork embroideries plus a packed program of eighteen other events over two months.



Remaining Course Dates:

Saturday 26 March 2022; Saturday 18 June & Sunday 19 June 2022

Class times:
10am to 3:30pm with 30 minutes for lunch
76 Queen St, Concord West NSW
Standard price $720    Members price $600

Skill level:
Experienced and existing students registered for Extensions in 2021 are permitted to complete these sessions delayed by COVID in 2022.
Mentoring Tutor:

Course Outline

The aim of EXTENSIONS  is to extend the personal development of participants.

Starting where they are now, outcomes will be different for each person. It is a journey, a step-by-step process, where the journey is the course which will culminate with a final Outcomes Review and a Certificate of Completion.

This course is designed to provide an experience to practice and study an aspect of a style of embroidery within a technique of your choice to extend knowledge and skills of historical and contemporary embroidery. It is a structured course supported by guidance and mentoring together with access to the Guild's facilities of the Historical Collection, new Research Room, Library and Threaded Needle.

This is an exciting new opportunity to experience a personal journey within a group of like-minded embroiderers and the Guild's up-to-date facilities.

For those who have already begun in 2020, please continue your studies, samplers and anything else you may wish to do to continue the work you already started in 2020 and use the Guild facilities especially those of the Threaded Needle and Library. Mentoring will recommence from the first day of the course, i.e. 13 March 2021.

For further information contact Effie Mitrofanis through the Guild email address:

        Canvas Work
        Counted Thread
        Drawn Thread
        Machine Embroidery
        Metal Thread Embroidery
        Pulled Fabric
        Surface Stitchery
        Three dimensional embroidery
        White Work (work originating as white on white or self-coloured embroidery where the technique cannot be studied under any other listed category)

Counted Thread: means counted surface stitches where the fabric is not pulled, cut or withdrawn. It includes cross stitch and pattern darning but not canvas work where the thread lies on the surface of the fabric.

Drawn Thread: refers to techniques where only the fabric threads are removed, either vertically and/or horizontally.  It includes Italian cut work which is a form of Drawn Thread work.

Pulled Fabric: certain parts of the fabric are pulled together to open other parts and is combined with surface stitches.

White Work: includes 'Cut Work', where small areas of the background are cut away and fine needlework.  Fine Needlework incorporates shadows and openness of fabric and thread to give an appearance similar to lace with emphasis on dense areas in design.

* Be encouraged by mentor(s)
* Describe the style contained within the technique
* Be informed of technical procedures relevant to transfer of designs, finishing and making up
        processes, materials and other equipment
* Portfolio of process to include a Visual Journal, refer to outcomes below
* Compiling a Bibliography
* Present finished work effectively
* Assess final results in relation to starting point and objectives

* A Traditional/Historical work
* A Contemporary work
* A brief 2 page history of the style within the chosen technique
* Stitch sample(s) demonstrating knowledge of the style within the chosen technique
* Visual Journal with samples
* Exhibition in Guild rooms

Outcomes Review
* Participants together with Mentoring Tutor to evaluate outcomes in relation to starting point
        and objectives

This course is for continuing students only who are Guild members. Enrolled participants must maintain financial membership of the Guild for the entire duration of the course. For more information email or phone 02 9743 2501