Goldwork embroidery, in english

12/09/2020 - 13/09/2020

For the first time we are organizing the goldwork embroidery class in Estonia in English!


Place: Allikamaja Koolituskeskus, Lühike Jalg 6a Tallinn

Time: 2020

12. September, Saturday, 10.30 am – 5.30 pm

13. September, Sunday, 10.30 am – 2.00 pm

30 min lunch included on the first day plus short tea/coffee breaks.

Duration: 10 hours

Price: 125€, this includes all the materials used in class and enough to fill the design we are working on at home later. No need to bring anything.

Tutor: Janika Mägi


More info and registration:, Mob +372 5187812






About goldwork and the workshop

Goldwork hand embroidery dates back to the 10th century and throughout history, gold has been a symbol of status and wealth. It was used to decorate the garments of the important and noble people like the pharaohs, emperors, members of royalty and wealthy aristocratic families.

Goldwork is the art of embroidery using metal threads or wires. The surface is padded in different levels to raise it and then will be covered with the hollow metal spirals.

Nowadays goldwork is still very important in military, ceremonial and religious clothing and also used in haute couture fashion.

In this workshop you will learn how to prepare the fabric and how to transfer the design onto it. You will get to know the main traditional goldwork materials and how to use them and will practise them on the design of the Estonian national butterfly.

This workshop is suitable for beginners, previous stitching/embroidery skills are beneficial but not mandatory.



Workshop includes:

A kit with technical details of the goldwork materials/instruction, fabric, traditional goldwork materials, padding, bee`s wax, thread and different needles. Frames and scissors are available to borrow during the workshop.

Coffee, tea, snack.

Please take with you lunch on the first day.

There will also be 1-2 short coffee breaks if wanted during both days.

There is a possibility to buy more goldwork materials from the tutor for the next projects.


About the tutor.


Janika Mägi is a London based jewelry and embroidery designer specializing on two historical couture embroidery techinques- goldwork and tambour beading.

She had graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts, fashion design and trained in couture embroidery in London based high fashion house called Hand & Lock, where she later worked as the head embroiderer guiding the work processes and training newcomers.

Now Janika Mägi is running her own label creating couture accessories, collaborates with world known high end brands and teaches couture embroidery courses from beginners to professionals in London, New York, Chicago, Williamsburg, San Fransisco, Sydney and Tallinn.