Goldwork Embroidery on Silk

Course Description:

This course is designed for participants with some basic stitching experience (embroidery, sewing etc.). You will learn the fundamentals of goldwork techniques. Goldwork embellishment originates from Asia and its methods developed significantly in medieval times.

You will be working on silk fabric using the medieval art of embellishment with metallic materials. You will learn a selection of stitches but also other gold-work techniques:  padding with felt and string, stacking spangles and beads, applying shiny kid leather…

The methods you will be learning can be employed in traditional and modern embroidery. Some of the techniques were invented for particular types of metallic thread, but some of them can also be used in creative embroidery with a wide variety of materials.

You will need to purchase a kit from Uisce – the tutor, at the first class. The kit will include: a silk fabric piece, a cotton fabric square for practicing some techniques, a selection of 4 speciality needles, speciality goldwork threads and wires, golden kid leather, padding felt and string, spangles, gem beads, freshwater pearls. The cost of the kit is €25, or €30 if you require an embroidery hoop. You will need an 18-20cm size embroidery hoop for the course.

The tutor will send a teaching handout and provide support via email and WhatsApp in between classes.

For further information contact Uisce Jakubczyk (the tutor) directly to

Course Day & Time: Monday evening 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Start Date: 24/01/22

Cost: €110 (Please Note: You will need to purchase a kit from the tutor at the first class. See above for details).

Course Format: In class with tutor. (Max of 12 students in class)

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Uisce Jakubczyk



I am a weaver, embroiderer and fibre arts teacher from Poland, living in Ireland since 2004. My textile art has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Taiwan. I am a recipient of several awards in Ireland and abroad.

My main focus in my art practice is on minimal woven art and medieval styles, techniques and images in embroidery.

I have been teaching various fibre arts courses and workshops from 2013 in Co. Dublin, Dublin City, Co. Louth, Co. Wicklow and Co. Down. In 2018/2019 I was working for Creative Spark, Dundalk, providing embroidery workshops for community projects. Since 2016 I teach various workshops at the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul. In 2020 I started teaching fibre arts courses at Malahide Community School.

I am an author of a large scale tapestry Women of Fingal (completed in March 2021) funded by Creative Ireland and commissioned by Fingal County Council.

I practice historical fencing with sabre, longsword and sword & buckler as a member of HEMA Ireland (the national Historical European Martial Arts federation).


  • Master Degree in Musicology, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland
  • Journeyman in artistic weaving, People’s University in Turno, Poland

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Goldwork Embroidery on Silk

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