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
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.
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.
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.