The Embroiderers' Guild of SA runs a Summer School each January. This year it was held at the Guild premises over four days. Classes were each two days. I only attended one class as I was going away.
I chose a goldwork class - to stretch myself a little. I have done a couple of goldwork classes with Alison Cole in previous Summer Schools but that is the extent of my experience.
This class was a goldwork scroll with flowers, taken by Di Fisher from our Guild.
The work required a frame rather than a hoop. I chose my Doodler frame because it is hands-free and portable. It worked well.
The design was very small. Even with a magnifier I struggled to see clearly. I did better with some threads and with some stitches.
The design used reverse chain, interlacing, loop stitch, ladder stitch, single back stitch, herringbone, blanket, buttonhole, Elizabethan corded trellis stitch, detached corded buttonhole filling, overcast/wrapped filling, herringbone-threaded and Vandyke stitch.
The scroll itself wasn't too bad but I really struggled with the leaves and metallic thread. After the class I came very close to abandoning the project. Undoing was not an option with the threads - and I didn't think I could do better without significantly enlarging the design.