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Supplies for Natalie Dupuis Goldwork Online Class

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Goldwork, one of the most beautiful techniques in hand embroidery,  relies on the couching stitch, one of the most humble stitches in needlework. The couching stitch is easily accomplished, but requires a steady hand and keen eye to be executed at the highest level. During this 10-week course, students will use the sampler format to learn eight variations of the couching stitch. The course will culminate  with the creation of a personal design.


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Supplies order for Natalie’s online class will be mailed in the last week of July and are a separate cost from the online class registration.


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Natalie Dupuis Goldwork Class Description:

Goldwork, one of the most beautiful techniques in hand embroidery,  relies on the couching stitch, one of the most humble stitches in needlework. The couching stitch is easily accomplished, but requires a steady hand and keen eye to be executed at the highest level. During this 10-week course, students will use the sampler format to learn eight variations of the couching stitch. The course will culminate  with the creation of a personal design.

The course will be offered through the online classroom space teachable.com. This multifaceted learning platform will involve pre-recorded video presentations, PDF documents, chat options, and weekly live video conferences with the instructor using the Zoom platform. Three guest speakers will join us in our Zoom meetings: Cynthia Jackson from Ontario, Marion Preshing from Alberta, and Marie-Renee Otis from Quebec.

Students will be expected to read publications about couching, and research one particular aspect of the technique to share with the instructor and classmates.

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This online course will look at eight categories of couching over 10 weeks:

Week 1: Set-up and introduction to couching

Week 2: Underside couching

Week 3: Diaper and pattern couching

Weeks 4 & 5: Or nué

Weeks 6 & 7: Italian shading

Week 8: Damascening, vermicelli, Italian couching

Weeks 9 & 10: Independent design


Upon course completion, students will be able to: 

– discuss the eight types of couching, the differences between them and their relative uses

– execute eight types of couching with repeated rows

– visually identify eight various types of couching from photographs

– draw a design on fabric for freestyle and counted couching work


Informal assessment:

– students will discuss the various types of couching in break-out groups. 

– students will share photos of their work with the instructor through the course for ongoing feedback.


Formal assessment tools (optional):

– students will submit final photos of their sampler for comment.

– students will write a dictionary entry of the eight types of couching in their own words.

– students will draw their own design and indicate where they would use the various couching stitches, with annotations on colour usage.  


Self-Assessment (optional):

– students will write a critique of their sampler. 

– students will write a critique of their unique design plan.


Materials Required:

  • Gilt and/or silver twist of any size (5-10 metres)
  • Gilt and/or silver passing of any size (5-10 metres)
  • Yellow and grey Gutermann sewing thread
  • Muslin fabric (with an option to attach a second layer of silk or linen if you have it)
  • Beeswax
  • Linen Thread
  • Needles (sizes, 6, 9, 10, 12, chenille 18)
  • Archival Pen (Sakura micron 005)
  • Stranded cotton – a selection of DMC or Anchor threads
  • Embroidery hoop/stretcher bars/slate frame
  • Stiletto
  • Scissors for cutting metal thread
  • Pair of Koma (homemade is fine)
  • Various sized rulers with millimetre markings

Kit Available For Purchase Includes:

  • 5 Yards of Gilt No. 1 ½ Twist 
  • 5 Yards of Silver No. 1 ½ Twist 
  • 10 Yards of Gilt No. 4 Smooth Passing 
  • 10 Yards of Silver No. 4 Smooth Passing 
  • Spool of Yellow Gutermann Polyester Sewing Thread
  • Spool of Grey Gutermann Polyester Sewing Thread
  • 1/2 Yard of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric (ground fabric, can be doubled and used for top and ground fabric)
  • Beeswax
  • Linen Thread
  • Needles (sizes, 6, 9, 10, 12, chenille 18)
  • Archival Pen (Sakura micron 005)
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Kit of Supplies for Online Class, 14 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks, KAI Hand Embroidery/Goldwork Scissors, Goldwork Scissors, Brass Stiletto, Mellor