You will need a few other things before you can begin but they are essential!
Needles - This is a huge subject and the sheer number of different types and sizes available can be overwhelming; It is important to have the right one as the wrong one will leave you unnecessarily frustrated. We have a whole video about the different types and when to use what and also a video on how to thread your needles to (there is a tried and tested method!). You can see both of those by clicking on these links:
Generally you will need very fine needles for goldwork so that you can be accurate. A number 10 embroidery needle is ideal, if you can't see to thread this easily start with a number 9 and work your way to a number 10. If you have good eyesight you could used the smallest needle, a number 12! You can buy your needles here.
Scissors - Use a good sharp pair of embroidery scissors for cutting your sewing threads. It's also very useful in goldwork to have another pair just for the goldwork threads and metals. Most of these are made with some metal content which can blunt your best embroidery scissors so have another pair just for this. You can also get specialist goldwork scissors with a serrated edge for cutting the metal purls; we have these and a good variety of scissors available in our shop here.
Beeswax - An essential item used to wax your sewing thread to stitch down the gold threads and metals
You will find a few other pieces of equipment useful for goldwork embroidery specifically:
Velvet board - This is very handy for cutting up the metal threads into 'chips' and stops them rolling around!
Mellor - This is a laying tool which helps you to place your goldwork threads and metals accurately.