Goldwork Embroidery

Personal Project
Goldwork embroidery process for the recreation of Claire Beacham's wedding dress. 

Interpreting the original embroidery design from 'Outlander', I re-created the design using the method of Goldwork Embroidery, which uses metal threads to create wonderful designs. Using No.6 Broad Plate, No.2 Pearl Purl and Passing thread I formed acorns and leaves on the stomacher and petticoat. By coaching the threads on the delicate fabric and felt to give the shapes more depth and form.

Stomacher panel in smocking process
Stomacher panel in smocking process

An overlay of a loose silk weave that has had lines of hand smocking sewn through it to give more texture to the stomacher before being embroidered into.

Preparing the Stomacher
Preparing the Stomacher

I used layers of felt in the shape of acorns to lift the shape from the stomacher, forming the base for the metal threads to sit on top of. Likewise with the stem, I used layers of embroidery thread to achieve the same objective.

The completed outcome
The completed outcome

Stomacher panel in smocking process
Stomacher panel in smocking process

An overlay of a loose silk weave that has had lines of hand smocking sewn through it to give more texture to the stomacher before being embroidered into.

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Process Images 
Photographed by Georgia Smithers and Yiran Duran