Metal Work Feathers
Apr 17

Metal Work Feathers

by Embroiderers Guild of Western Australia
Start Date
17-Apr-2024 9:30 am
End Date
18-Apr-2024 3:30 pm
(UTC+08:00) Australia/Perth

Registrations Close
29 February 2024 11:00 PM

 Metal Work Feathers


Members $180.00

Non-Members $360.00, 

Membership attracts a 50% discount on all workshops (join here and save!)


Tutor: Helen Richman

             Helen Richman        

Helen is a hand embroiderer and textile artist based in Somerset, UK. Founder of the Bluebird Embroidery Company, which showcases her embroidered artwork and her own range of embroidery kits.

She also regularly completes high profile commission for organisations such as the Royal Mail and Ely Cathedral.

Helen has written articles for New Stitches Magazine, Stitch Magazine and also published her first book, ‘Stumpwork Embroidery: Techniques and Projects’ in 2017.

Helen’s embroidery journey began when she joined the Royal School Of Needlework and completed the three-year apprenticeship, gaining expert knowledge in many fields of embroidery. She now regularly teaches at the school and has taught classes across the UK as well as in the United States and Canada.

In 2023, Helen was honoured to be part of the Embroidery Studio team at the Royal School of Needlework who worked on a number of items for the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, including The Queen’s Robe of Estate and the Anointing Screen.

Metalwork Feathers

During this two-day class you will get the opportunity to create a beautiful hand embroidered feather design by combining the technique of metal thread work with decorative surface stitching.
The Tawny Owl feather is designed for beginners to embroidery and metal thread work and has simpler shapes and techniques to handle.

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The Jay Feather is for those with a little more confidence and knowledge and the Swan Feather, the most complex of the three, is designed for those with a slightly higher skill level.

These elegant designs will introduce you to working with a range of silver-plated or gilt metal threads including pearl purl, smooth purl, Japanese thread and bright check using the techniques of cutwork, chipping and couching, all of which are essential when creating a piece of metal thread work.

The decorative embroidery stitches include split stitch, long and short stitch and feather stitch.

The kit for each design includes all the threads, fabrics and needles required and the clear instruction booklet with step by step photographs will guide you easily through your project. The coloured background fabric is provided with the design already transferred on for you.

Skill Level:

Beginners: Tawny Owl.

Intermediate: Jay Feather.

Advanced: Swan Feather.


Registrations open 

25th October 2023


Wednesday 17th April 2024

Thursday 18th April 2024

Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

Class Fees:

EGWA Member - $180.00

Non-Member - $360.00

Membership attracts a 50% discount on all workshops (join here and save!)


What to bring:

8 inch/20 cm ring frame or embroidery hoop

Embroidery scissors


Useful but not essential: goldwork scissors and other goldwork tools

Kit Cost: $62.00 (paid in cash to the tutor on day 1 of the workshop)


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Guild House
565 Canning Highway
Alfred Cove WA
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