The Napoleonic Coat Goldwork Sampler kit introduces the embroiderer to the threads and techniques used to recreate the goldwork embroidery from an original military dress coat worn by one of Napoleon's aide de camp's in the early 1800s. This kit came about due to a commission I undertook in 2021-22, to recreate all the embroidery on the original in order for a full size replica coat to be created. This was an extremely detailed commission, involving reading through countless documents and translating the information found into the pertinent motifs for that rank of officer, including the correct sizing of all sections of the embroidery. The BBC ran an article on my work which can be found by searching under 'Napoleonic Dress Coat' on the BBC website. The finished embroidery is 15.5cm high by 7cm wide. Suitable for those with some experience.

What's included in the price?

The kit includes calico with the design already transferred, a range of metal threads and spangles, sewing thread, two types of padding, needles and beeswax, as well as full instructions with a diagram.

What you will need

Fine embroidery scissors Hands free embroidery hoop or frame



Liz Tapper graduated from the Royal School of Needlework's apprenticeship in 1998. She now teaches a wide variety of hand embroidery techniques, designs her own range of embroidery kits, accepts commissions and gives talks around the country.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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