Goldwork assessment

Last Friday afternoon I received an email from Gill Holdsworth at the RSN. Attached was the assessment of my goldwork piece.

Below are the comments from the assessors. I agree with every suggestion for improvement and am really pleased that they were so positive about my chip work and thread choices.

Cleanliness and Overall appearance   10/10
All paint lines have been covered there are no wax marks visible the fabric is clean and in good condition

Padding   10/10
All felt has been successfully covered and the soft string padding has a lovely gradient the padding has a smooth appearance

Appropriate choice of threads   10/10
The varied sizes of pearl purl have worked well together to offer a subtle finish. There is a real balance and symmetry to the whole piece which reflects the good choice and placement of thread.

Couching stitches   9/10
There is a very even placement of stitches of the bricking on the Japanese thread and a smooth appearance has been attained. There are stitches visible on the large pearl purl – angling the needle will help reduce this. The pearl purl has been evenly stretched. Your plunging is very neat, accurate and smooth. Well done!

Cut work    8/10
There is minimal cracking and a couple of the purls are a little short which in turn has exposed the padding, however, overall this is a valiant effort and well done for taking up the challenge of working two areas of cutwork next to each other.

Chip work    10/10
The chip work has been beautifully executed and we are particularly impressed with the sharp points and small areas which you have managed to fill.

Mounting    8/10
The design is centrally place. The fabric is on the grain and taut. The mitered corners are sharp and have minimal bulk. The sateen is baggy and has uneven, visible slip stitching. The rebate is uneven. Well done lacing to minimize the chance of puckering to the front.

Assessors’ Comments
You have created a beautiful piece of goldwork showing great attention to detail and boldness of design and composition. Very well done!

A total score of 65/70 or 93%. Am I pleased? YES!!!!!!!

The most exciting part of the email was the request from Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, the Chief Executive of the RSN, to display my piece either in the exhibition at Hampton Court this fall or at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace in October.

My feet haven’t touched the ground and when I stop to think about all of this, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my teacher, Nicola Jarvis.

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31 thoughts on “Goldwork assessment

  1. I’ve followed your progress on this piece with great interest. Thanks for sharing the assessment with us. Not only is it something to be really proud of, it adds to the learning experience for the rest of us. Congrtulations on a job well done.

  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely and sincere congratulations for your project. I do not write often but I follow and read every courriel I receive from you.
    Your are an inspiration, keep up the good work so we can enjoy the results.
    France from Canada.

  3. Well done Kathy! Your goldwork piece is beautiful – a well deserved distinction. What an honour to have it included in one of the exhibitions. I too love working with Nicola and learn so much from both her and Sarah when I go up to Rugby. I heard last week that I also got a distinction for my blackwork piece which I struggled a bit with – but am honoured that it has been included in the special summer edition of the RSN Newsletter, celebrating 140 years of the RSN which is sent out to Friends and Special Supporters of the RSN. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

  4. Congratulations Kathy on a beautiful piece of work. It is wonderful to visit the RSN vicariously through you. I just wish I could see it at the exhibition.

  5. I wasnt really a fan of goldwork until I followed your work on this piece.But now I’m waving and clapping wildly at your accomplishment.Well Done. well done :)
    Regards, a goldwork convert

  6. Well done, I know how they judge work, and this is a great score. You have every right to be happy. As well as them asking to exhibit your piece, what a honor.


  7. Beautifully done! And to have it exhibited at Hampton Court Palace! Following your progress as you worked on the project was very instructive. I’m going to have to work very, very hard to get anywhere near what you’ve done. Congratulations, it is simply stunning.

    • Hi Elizabeth!
      I just got an email from Dr. Kay – Williams and my piece will be displayed at the Knitting and Stitching Show exhibition, which this year is going to Alexandra Palace, Harrogate and Dublin so you will get to see it!
      Liebe Grüße,

  8. Congratulations. I love goldwork and enjoy using that technique. It was great to follow you progress. A stunning piece of work and a well deserved result. Once again, congratulations. You deserve the accolades and the “reward” of having it exhibited in such surroundings – your perseverance is commendable.

  9. Congratulations, Kathy. You have every right to be pleased and proud of your work, of the assessment and of the request to exhibit your work.

    Very well done indeed.

  10. Wonderful!! I congratulate you! I don’t have the guts to try goldwork … yet…you’ve made me want to try it. My husband says “thanks” 😉

  11. Congrats! How exciting for you! I’ve always admired goldwork (from a distance) – may have to try it after reading your progress :)

  12. Brava Kathy! Oh my gosh to get it shown and at Hampton Court! – I’d buy a plane ticket if I could, just to see your piece in person. And what a great grade you got on it too. I have to say it again, your goldwork is lovely. You are making me wish I was home right now doing goldwork. Don’t have any threads or fabric, but I could always dream right? 😀

    I probably asked this before, but can’t recall – are you going to go on to the next level after you get the certificate for all the four courses? That’d be so exciting to read about! 😀 And what is the next course after this one – blackwork or silkshading?

    Hugs and Love,

  13. Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts and have learned so much. Wish I could see your piece in person.

  14. Congratulations, Kathy! It must feel very satisfying to receive such a good assessment after all of your effort. It is a lovely piece, very original, and really catches the eye!

  15. Congratulations on your excellent evaluation, Kathy! It must feel very satisfying after all of your effort on the project. It is really eye-catching and very original – lovely!

  16. How wonderful! The assessment is awesome, and to have your work shown! Wow! Keep up the good work and love following your blog.

  17. Congratulations! I’m so glad for you! I’ve been following you for a while now and was so interested in your goldwork course. Thank you for sharing it with us. And again, Yay! Congratulations!

    • Dear Readers,

      All of you comment, during the course, after I finished my goldwork piece and now when I have found out my score, have been so lovely and so heartfelt. As you know, I live and work in Berlin, Germany. It’s a huge city, very busy and quite ‘edgy’. I would prefer to be living in a quiet village surrounded by like minded women who love to embroider and relish beautiful things. Your comments have made me feel as if I am living in that village – with all of you. Thank you each for helping me to feel less isolated!
      Liebe Grusse,

  18. Dear Kathy,
    the work is beautifully done. I am very happy to see the result of working with Nikky, that is one of my favourite tutor.
    I think I’ll come to Rugby to study some more beautiful embroidery with her.
    About you, your blog is very interesting, and I appreciate your love for RSN and for embroidery.
    Hoping to meet you one time or another,

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