Goldwork 'Leaf' Challenge - Winners Announced

Thank you all for the wonderful pieces that we received. We have 22 pieces in total and these have been judged.

1st Wendy Rosier

2nd Eira Steggles

3rd Rosemary Gadd

The judges comments were as follows:-

"It was very interesting to judge and the following are my views.

• One looked for goldwork threads that contrasted well and complimented one another.

• The junction of the leaf and stem was often weak in many cases. It should be an extension of the leaf and not a ‘tail’.

• The edging of the leaf could have been a stronger statement......or nothing at all, the edge being part of the embroidery.

• The use of gold threads only, was a stronger statement.

• The best work followed the direction of veins and stem.

• Shapes, along with insects and animal features did not add to the whole design. It was just a simple did not require experimental extra’s.

• Colour rarely added anything to the final design.

• There was a temptation to turn a number of them into ‘an image of a sparrow’ when looking at them.

• There was a very interesting set of work from some people used to working in the same room as other goldworkers, but in many cases the work showed a lack of use of basic design.

I have enjoyed studying this group of leaves and have learnt a lot myself, from how people approached the challenge. The cleverest person is one who uses different threads of gold thread and as many different methods of using it.". 

Wendy Rosier's Leaf

Rosemary Gadd's Leaf

Latest magazine                                                                                            (Posted April 2017)

The latest magazine (Issue 10 - April 2017) should be landing on member's doorsteps within the next week or so! For details of the articles in the magazine, please see the magazine section at the bottom of this page.

A5 Partwork List now avaiable                                                                  (Posted February 2017)

A PDF detailing all the A5 partworks is now available at the bottom of this page. Any queries please get in touch with Nina.

Goldwork Exhibits Wanted for 2017 Exhibition                                        (Posted November 2016)

Would you like to display your Goldwork in our forthcoming exhibition at "Nature in Art"?  At the exhibition, we will be showing goldwork pieces from Goldwork collections along with the beautiful goldwork we do today. Please contact 'TC' for further details.  

Photos from Members Day - 2016/7

Photos to be added soon!

Photos from Members Day - 2015                                                                                


Photos from The Goldwork Guild Exhibition at Berkeley Castle, 2014


Photos from The Goldwork Guild Exhibition at The American Museum, Bath, 2014       


April 2017 Magazine                                                                 (Posted April 2017)

Our latest magazine has now been sent out to members. If you would like to purchase a copy please contact Nina Broderick for further details.
  • Embroidered Slippers
  • The Needle & Me (pt 2)
  • Save or Burn? No chance!
  • Queen Elizabeth 1st Coverlet
  • Diaper Patterns
  • Bed in a Box
  • Franciscan Vestment Set (Notes)

November 2016 Magazine                                                                 (Posted November 2016)

  • The Needle & Me
  • Experimenting with velvet
  • Real Gold Thread
  • Goldwork Vestments in Ancient Israel and Christian Theology
  • A Goldwork Belt
  • Travelling Mirror
  • Byzantine Terminology & Beasts
  • Saddles encrusted with Goldwork
  • St George & The Dragon

March 2016 Magazine                                                                 (Posted March 2016)

  • Gift to The Goldwork Guild 
  • Anne and Joachim Chasuble and Chalice Veil
  • Berkeley Castle - The Grand Staircase
  • Janice's Project - a look at eight pieces, as well as the inspiration behind each design
  • Goldwork Challenge
  • Hand & Lock - questions answered

November 2015 Magazine                                                           (Posted November 2015)

  • The Fetternear Vestment Again 
  • The Eight Lucky Symbols
  • An inspiring visit to Venice
  • Janice's Project - a look at eight pieces, as well as the inspiration behind each design
  • Visit to Hand & Lock

April 2015 Magazine                                                                             (Posted April 2015)

  • Butterflies - kimono pieces
  • A surprise in Stockholm
  • The local costume of Bregenzerwald
  • Project from the Staffordshire Hoard
  • Chinese Dragons and the Pearl of Fire
  • Couture and Ceremonial dress on demand . . . but how?
  • Members 'Away Day'

The Goldwork Guild - A5 Partworks                                           

The Goldwork Guild - A4 Partworks                                            

A downloadable summary of the contents of each issue (PDF)