I thought it would be very nice for the new year to begin it with a posting containing something golden, shimmering,.. and voila! – I searched for my macro lenses and made some photos of my progress concerning my embroidery for the sleeves of my 12th century dress with gathered bodypart and here they are
Wish you all a golden, shimmering and successful
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Have fun working at your projects and not forget to love what you do – regardless what other people tell you! Don’t forget that every handmade piece is one of a kind and all small ‘mistakes’ make it just more unique!!
…above you can see my work at the outlines – ‘Stem Stitch’ with thin blue silk…
…do you see all the tiny ‘Surface Couching Stitches’ which produce the nice wave effect?
…and here you can see the threads which I am using:
- thin blue silk thread and very think yellow silk thread from the handweaver studio in London.
Many thanks to my good friend Melisande in London for this hint, I very enjoyed shopping there and it was very difficult not to buy the whole color range… *lol*
…and here the “gold thread”: Coats Ophir
Very shiny, but no gold at all in it, on the other side this thread is rather affordable and rather easy to get and very nice to handle
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Do you know of any tutorials on how to get the wave affect (and other affects) on the couching? I just can’t figure out how to do it. And I’ve wanted to know for ages. I’ve seen lots of examples, but never found any ‘how-to’.
Why did you use the yellow thread? I’m assuming you used it in combination with the blue for the outline?
No, sorry, I don’t remember tutorials of this kind.
The yellow silk is very thin and strong and just for the surface couching and yellow because I don’t want to produce a visible pattern.
You get the wave effect through the surface couching – I am sure, if you would like a more visible affect, you could lay some threads underneath the couched material (I think I saw a lovely Spanish embroidery using this effect very nicely)