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NDSM Loods, Amsterdam-Noord

| Metal embroidery

Hanny Newton (UK) - Zaterdag 24 september & Zondag 25 september
NDSM Loods
3 uur
€ 75
Zaterdag 24 september
Zondag 25 september

This goldwork embroidery masterclass gives you the opportunity to get creative and explore the contemporary possibilities of metal thread techniques.


An artform with a rich heritage dating back over 700 years, these beautiful threads and techniques have changed little for centuries, and today the making of metal threads is an endangered craft, with only a handful of master thread makers left in the UK. 


Exploring a selection of goldwork threads, participants will be introduced to the foundations of traditional techniques such as couching (where metal threads are stitched onto the surface of the fabric with a fine thread) and chipping (where a hollow coiled metal is stitched through the centre similar to beading).


During the masterclass you will discover how we can explore these ancient techniques with fresh, modern eyes, which Hanny firmly believes is what keeps a craft vibrant. 


Hanny’s workshops are a balance of technique and experimentation, allowing participants plenty of space to find their own response to the historical techniques of goldwork. 


Some experience with basic stitching is preferred but not essential, and no prior knowledge of goldwork is necessary. 


Minimum age: 14 years, English spoken masterclass


Included are a selection of 6 beautiful endangeredmetal threads in gold, silver and copper, plus needles, a fabric design, beeswax, soft thread, printed instructions and loan of hoops and equipment. Material packs are designed to give participants enough to take home afterwards.


Hanny Newton is a metal thread embroiderer who follows her own personal response to the traditional art form of goldwork. Since studying at the Royal School of Needlework (2011-13) she has been fascinated by the inherent qualities of different metal threads . From the base of her studio in Shropshire, England, she works internationally with interior designers and art consultancies, applying her contemporary approach to metal thread work to large scale projects for hotels and private residences around the world. She has taught her contemporary approach to goldwork at several notable institutions, including the British Museum in London, West Dean College of Arts in Chichester, and the Australian Design Centre in Sydney. 


In collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association.




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