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Look inside RSN: Goldwork
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback flexibound with flaps
  • Publication: 30 September 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217039
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 550
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: RSN series
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RSN: Goldwork


Techniques, projects & pure inspiration by Emi Nimura (Author)

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Book Description

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is recognized internationally as a centre of excellence for embroidery, and Goldwork is the fourth title in a series of books showcasing the RSN’s techniques and contemporary flair.

Author Emi Nimura is a Graduate Apprentice and expert teacher with the RSN; she provides the reader with a thorough grounding in goldwork stitches and techniques, three beautiful projects and numerous inspiring finished pieces. 

The book features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage. It reveals the history and context of goldwork, the materials and tools that are used, and provides clear, highly illustrated instructions that will allow the reader to achieve the technical expertise that goldwork demands.

In addition, there are numerous examples of Emi's exquisite work throughout the book, together with a varied range of finished works by other embroiderers that showcases the diversity of goldwork design in both a traditional and a contemporary context.

Table of Contents

The Royal School of Needlework 6
Introduction to goldwork 8
The history of goldwork 10
Materials and tools 14
Inspiration and design 38
Basic techniques 46
Goldwork embroidery techniques 54
Bead embroidery techniques 84
Penguin brooch 92
Autumn Leaf corsage 104
Acorn embellishment 114
Further inspiration 128
Templates 138
Glossary 144
Index 144

About the Author

About Emi Nimura

After graduating from the International Christian University and Otsuka Textile Design College in Japan, Emi worked as a professional beaded jewellery artist and contributed towards a number of beadwork and bead embroidery books.

Graduating from the RSN Apprenticeship with top honours, she was awarded the Charrington Broderer’s Prize for top apprentice; the Hilda Watson prize for Silk Shading; and the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers prize for her Coronation Goldwork.

Since 2010, Emi has been the RSN’s tutor in Japan and teaches the Certificate & Diploma Courses in Tokyo and Osaka. Emi has organized two exhibitions of RSN work at the Kitagawa Gallery in Tokyo and she considers that her life's mission is to share the skills of traditional English embroidery, and the joy of expressing oneself through embroidery, both of which she has learned through the Royal School of Needlework.



Love Embroidery

From the UK's own centre of excellence for embroidery, the Royal School of Needlework, and the brilliant Emi Nimura, comes one of the RSN's latest library additions: Goldwork. Delve into the history and evolution of this majestic craft and give it a go yourself with Emi's three incredible projects. Make light work of getting to grips with the gorgeous technique under Emi's expert guidance every step of the way.

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