Goldwork Christmas Decs – Free sewing patterns – Sew Magazine

Create these luxe Chrsitmas decs in unique motifs for your tree this year. We’ve also added beads for extra sparkle! Goldwork can be traced back over 1,000 years, and in this country it has its roots in church embroidery. It is usually worked on silk or velvet fabrics, although linen is also a popular choice. The technique shows off precious metal threads by lying them on the surface of the fabric where they can be fully seen, and stitching over them. There are a lot of stitches you can use but, as a basic introduction, this project mainly uses couching. Experts use real gold and silver threads, but if you’re new to goldwork, it’s probably not a good idea to blow the budget on 18-carat gold thread! Opt instead for a metallic cord held down with matching polyester thread.

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