After 40 years since I made two beautiful embroidered pictures (Which hang in my house and have done for 40 years) and no more embroidery activities since then, you have inspired me to try goldwork. So at 60 I re-start my journey and am so looking forward to it. Let's hope I haven,t completely forgotten my basic skill level. So excited - waiting for my kit to arrive - maybe it will be here tomorrow.
I love your videos, the quality is very good. Your explanations are simple and so clear. I also love your shop, you sell everything we see on the videos and that's so great and the prices are great too, very reasonable so that we can afford it. Thank you.
Thank you for your kind comments Simone! Glad you are enjoying the videos and the shop, hope you are learning lots...
I love your pictures of embroidery but they flash on and off so fast it is impossible to appreciate them. Also it is terribly distracting when I am trying to,put together an order!
Follow me on Instagram to see the pictures at your leisure Joan (I tried to slow them down but it seems there is only one setting). There are also lots more images in the gallery on the website.
Thank you so much for your exceptionally speedy service. My order was beautifully packaged, it seems a shame to open it - but I will! Absolutely delighted.
Just found your site. what a treat, what a treasure trove. I will return!
Superb service; after accidentally ordering to the wrong address I was able to contact the owners and correct it without any fuss or delay. I will absolutely be using this website as my first port of call for embroidery-related goods in the future.
Bless you Sarah for sending out my order so promptly, I had envisaged a dull weekend with no stitching but now, thanks to you, I'm able to carry on.
I always thought that gold work was beyond me but your lovely videos have made it look very doable. I particularly like your attention to detail and all the tips and hints you pass on in the videos.
Thankyou Sue, It is very doable honest! More videos to come, so keep checking back..
I thoroughly enjoyed watching you youtube video on handling different embroidery threads.
Can you steer me to a tutorial or something else where I can learn about how and why to use different type embroidery threads. When I was younger I always used DMC cotton embroidery floss, but today I was watching a youtube video where the person was using Perle thread.
Are there different reasons for using the different type threads?
Thank you so much for your help. I'm just now picking this back up since all my children are grown. So I'm anxious to learn:).
Thank you again!
From Fort Worth, Texas
This subject is rather extensive to cover in one message Susan! My area of expertise is English embroidery only and I had to study for 3 years full time to learn all about it but yes you are right, certain techniques require certain threads. The US has many more exciting threads available that we have here in the UK and I think someone Stateside would be in a better position to tell you about these; there are lots of needlepoint shops full of experienced stitchers who I'm sure would be happy to tell you all about the many lovely fibres!
Perhaps I will do some videos on threads used in English embrodiery techniques Susan (subscribe to get the latest videos!) but in the meantime, I suggest just having a go with them will teach you alot. Generally you need a larger weave fabric and needle for a thicker thread, but just have a play and see what works and what doesn't. Perhaps you can find some local classes? This is always the best way to learn.
Don't forget to check out our upcoming distance learning classes too!
Great that you are finding time to get back to stitching again...
Having purchased my first Goldwork kit from Sarah, I enjoyed it so much that I want to make another one. Tutorials are really first class. Thank you Sarah for enriching our lives with your expertise.
Another wonderful day, thank you Sarah.
Glad you enjoyed Fiona! Hope to see you again on another class...
Delighted with my recent purchases and your extremely efficient service. Only ordered on New Years Day and it all arrived within 48 hours.Thanks,sure I will be shopping here again.
Thankyou Mary, hope you enjoy using your items. Don't forget the free goldwork videos in the learning Zone if you need them!
Had a lovely time at the Goldwork class in Rugby today - great teaching, very clear and encouraging, a wonderful day. (Am serously contemplating the Shisha class...)
Sarah says: Glad you enjoyed it Ilke! Please do join me on the Shisha class, January needs brightening up!
Thank you for a wonderful day in Rugby on the RSN crewel work course, am looking forward to finishing my hare and the other upcoming courses.
You are welcome Fiona, thankyou for coming! Look forward to seeing you again on another course....
Dear Sarah, I have just finished embroidering the bodice of my daughter's wedding dress with Swarovski crystals. I was able to tackle the project thanks to your outstanding instructional videos on your website. A great source of information. Also my order of pouncing powder and slate frame kit arrived very quickly. Thank you.
Thank you so much Sarah for giving me the confidence to try Goldwork. I thought it would be beyond me but when I saw your videos I realized it would just call for my every-day sewing skills. And I was right! Thank you also for your excellent quality stock and delivery service. More than anything, thank you for being there.
Hi Sarah. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for posting my Goldwork kit and materials so quickly. Can't wait for your distance learning course to start.
You are welcome Anna-Marie! The distance learning class is a little behind schedule as we are currently in the process of moving house, but we hope to be back on track very soon...
I am new to Goldwork but am loving every single frustrating minute (how on earth do you thread a needle that is so small I can't even see which end has the hole in it!). I hope, one day, to have produced something good enough for the gallery but, in the meantime, thanks to Sarah for her kindness over the 'Pricker' problem and for the inspiration I get from her wonderful work.
No Problem Susan, happy to help if I can. Use a bigger needle until you get used to threading it then you can change to a smaller needle when you are ready!
Thank you for your comprehensive and helpful advice to my request about using solubles. I have some soluble material but it has become anonymous. I shall have to try it out to see if it works in cold or hot water. I have viewed two of your videos and look forward to viewing more....and be inspired.
With my best wishes
Thankyou for the beautiful coloured Japan threads & leatherette pieces. I love all of the colours & my head is buzzing with ideas! Hope to buy more bits & pieces in the near future.
Thank you for the parcel. I am really delighted with the contents, they are beautiful quality. Best wishes Jane Ludlow.
I sent Sarah a questionnaire as part of the course I am studying and she so kindly replied with lots of advice which will be so helpful to me. Thanks Sarah! Sophie x
I so much enjoyed your silk shading class held in Denver Colorado this September. We learned how wonderful it is to create a piece in silk shading thanks to your experienced instruction. We all had a wonderful time and cannot wait until the next class. We hope to see you again soon.
Sarah says: Thanks Karen! It was a pleasure to teach you all, hope to do it again next year! x
I am so happy to have found your website. I have read of your accomplishments on the RSN website and so happy to finally order your silk shading book and a few supplies for my frame. Thank You
Thankyou Katherine, I hope you enjoy the book!
I really was scared of silk shading at the beginning, but not any more! Thank you so much for your book! The great teaching system and wonderful examples for stitching skills! And I am very pleased to recieve your answers to my questions. My carrot isnt ideal of course, but very appetizing :)))) I am very glad. And now Im waiting for the moment when I could start stitching these fantastic autumn leaves.... I loved them.... thank you..... Tania
Thanks for your comments Tania, glad you liked the book, just keep practicing, practicing, practicing!!!
Have just recieved my parcel of goodies from you , thank you very much , the instructions are very clear and go with the online video , embriodery for ever, house work ...?
Ps noticed the packing in the parcel ; please can you let me know how your rubbish /recycle bag system works ?
Recycling explanation in an e-mail! It's complicated...:)
The Stitch magazine lead me to your web site , I love it and it is now on my Favourites, many thanks for the advice , videos, and the chance to shop
I visited your website after reading about it in Stitch Feb/March issue. What an inspiring site and lovely products - I'll be back!
After reading your article in the Feb/March no 75 I took a look at your web site and found it excellent and then went into your shop site and found it super, the only thing that I could not find any where the postage and package amounts. So could you let me know they are. Many thanks.
I'm glad you like my site, thankyou for looking! There are poastage and packing details at the bottom of the Shop Front Page. You can find them here: http://www.sarahhomfray.com/myshop/
It goes on weight and destination, so it depends on what you buy and where it is to be sent (I ship world wide, with the option of recorded delivery in the UK) but all postage and packing prices are displayed in your shopping basket before you commit to buy.
Hope this is helpful, thankyou for your feedback...
Sarah, I absolutely love your Jicarilla Apache Indian video. It is beautiful, I would love to learn to do that type of work.
Celeste Greeley USA
Hi Sarah, Just saw your face silk shading on Mary Corbet's Needle'n Thread newletter! Love the awesome embroidery plan for filling in the figure. Wonderful and perfect music, too! Take care and have a holy Christmas season! Love and prayers, Celeste your grateful student at RSN, SF CA
Hi Sarah and Caroline
Many thanks for a wonderful 2 day workshop. It was great to meet you and I have been looking at some of the charity shops for clothes that I can recycle. I am looking forward to the craft show.
Hi Sarah, so nice to meet you and Caroline and talk about drawing, Cheers, Matt
Sarah, I received the prick and pounce kit a few days ago and FINALLY had an open evening to try it out. I finished the pattern that was sent with the kit. Thank you for a few completed lines to show how it is done. After pouncing, connecting the lines and a quick flick of the fabric I saw my results. The only thing I could say was "Wow". I cannot believe the detail and crisp lines that this technique achieves. I have to admit that I was a little intimidated to try prick and pounce but this is easier and more accurate than anything else that I have tried. The results are amazing. Thank you, Wendi
Thank you Sarah, for this lovely spectacle of your work. You are a great artist. Congratulations. A kiss from Mexico.
Sarah - thanks so much for your expert and immediate advice on my embroidery problem, which I shall act upon...
Your website is so full of good things - I shall be returning again and again.... Thank you again, AC
Hello Sarah - I've just been browsing your site and found it most interesting! Your designs are lovely I so enjoyed meeting you in SF and having you as an instructor. Hope to see you again some day soon - perhaps even in the UK!
I've been following your beautiful work on stitchinfingers and have just now found your website. Have also just bought one of your pouncing kits online. What a find, especially for someone like me who likes embroidering on dark linen. It might not be the first one to go to Australia, but it will be one of the most appreciated.
Thank you for such an interesting website and for your informative newsletter, and I look forward to your book. Wish I were close enough to come to classes at the RSN. By the way, was amused to see a listing for'Rugby classes'. Now that's really multi-skilling, I thought.
Warm regards from Melbourne.
Really enjoyed your updated web site, it has so much going on. I loved reading your newsletter especially the WW1 post card piece.
The art gallery is brilliant, the iconic London Eye was instantly recognizable.
Thanks for the free stuff - I am going to down load the ginger bread house for Chloe for next Christmas, now that is forward planning.
Can't wait for the next newsletter in the meantime I'm off shopping to buy the bee!
Thanks for such a nice site, Sarah! I came here from your Stitchin' Fingers page.=) I'm always interested in the work and careers of RSN grads, esp as they often do work that's very much in my style.
I'm looking forward to seeing your book in the late spring as well as the others in the series. All the best with that and every creative thing.
Well done with the prick 'n' pounce kits - they look beautiful. Can I have one for Christmas? ;-)
Very refreshing and new since you changed it. Especially like the new way of presenting the newsletter. Also the moving images in the art section.
Think it is a good thing to change it now and again. Keeps it up to date.
Lovely, lively site. I really like the little peg dolly broaches - and the windows full of sewing machines!