Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · NOW ONLINE IN 2021!

Sarah Rakestraw​

Sarah Rakestraw

United Kingdom

Sarah Rakestraw shares her passion for metal thread embroidery with others through her designs and workshops and her company Golden Hinde (metal thread and equipment supplier). Sarah has a degree in business and financial management and is a Chartered Accountant as well as a recommended Embroiderers Guild Tutor. She has been teaching Goldwork for over 15 years.

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Sarah's breadth of knowledge of metal thread embroidery is a gift to any embroiderer interested in this subject

Sarah's Festival Workshops

5-6 or 15-16 July 2021

This class covers all the main wires and threads and other materials used in Goldwork – stitches used through the ages, how to care for your threads and wires, and what equipment you need. Students will enjoy using a selection of stitches and special effects and learn which stitches are appropriate for a selection of shapes and designs. Sarah stocks over 500 threads and wires and her knowledge of these is an absolute gift to the embroiderer.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside of Appleby and will require use of the shuttle bus.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: £50

Kit Includes:
Ground fabric of Silk dupion, polyester cotton. Sarah’s personalised notebook, thread and wire samples, sheet/ information booklet, threads/ wires for sample, needles

Techniques: 
Couching, Wires, Braid Stitches

Equipment required:
12 in² bar frame (30 cm²), table clamp with a versatile clamp to hold the frame, scissors for metal and silk thread 

Design size:
30 cm² (12 in²)

Fabric size:
40 x 40 cm (15½ x 15½ in)

Lady Anne's Pincushion

8-9 July 2021

Create a unique pincushion or frame based on the beautiful marble effigy, within St Lawrence’s Church in Appleby, of Lady Margaret, Lady Anne Clifford’s mother. In this class students will learn various metal thread embroidery techniques as well as how to make the embroidery into a pincushion.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside of Appleby and will require use of the shuttle bus

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: £58

Kit Includes:
Ground fabric of Silk dupion. Gold work parts, needles, instructions

Optional extras: 
Students may purchase MTE scissors/MTE & Embroidery scissor set

Techniques: 
Goldwork, Tassel making

Equipment required:
7 x 11 inch bar frame Table clamp with a versatile clamp, scissors for metal and silk thread

Design size: 
8 x 12 cm (3 x 6 in)

Fabric size: 
30 x 20 cm (6 x 8 in)

Lady Anne's Dragon

11-13 July 2021

Inspired by the late medieval wood carvings on the pews at within St Lawrence’s Church in Appleby-in-Westmorland, this fantastical dragon features Goldwork techniques and the use of leather.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside of Appleby and will require use of the shuttle bus

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £585
Kit: £65

Kit Includes:
Ground fabric of Silk dupion. gold work parts, needles, instructions

Optional extras: 
Students may purchase MTE scissors/MTE & Embroidery scissor set

Techniques: Goldwork

Equipment required:
23 x 18 cm (9 x 7 inch) bar frame, table clamp with a versatile clamp to hold the frame, scissors for metal and silk thread

Design size:
14 x 11 cm (5½ x 4½ in)

Linen size:
25 x 20 cm (10 x 8 in)