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Silver Bells and Cockle Shells...

Wow - I really haven't felt like writing recently.

Don't worry, for those of you that have friended me recently, I will be picking up the pace soon. Today, for instance.

We had a lovely weekend down at the farm - and we'll be going down next weekend to do more drywall in the garage, mow, and do sundry bits and pieces as needed. If anyone wants to join us, let me know.

I spent a fair bit of last weekend on the jacket - I now have the right sleeve completely outlined, and I'm starting on the two left arm pieces. I took a little time off from outlining to complete one motif, as it's my plan to document each motif design for future reference in a binder/notebook. This helps me keep the recurring motifs consistent, and I can take a rest from outlining to wrestle with neat things like gold thread.

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pinkleader
Aug. 11th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
psst!
http://thistle-threads.com/embroidery/grandtour/jacketstudytour.html
Ya going?
CG and I are considering fun plans that involve Emmie bossing around the guys while we embroidery geek out on the trip...
attack_laurel
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Hells yeah. It's going to be my birthday present to myself. :)
florentinescot
Aug. 11th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
purdy!

I love the gold seeds. I've got to see how you did that. It looks like bullion stitch, but I can't see doing that in gold!
nusbacher
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about doing some goldwork, and one question occurs. If you're going to simulate high-gold-content materials, is it better to use Admiralty bullion (low gold content, turns brown) or mylar (no gold content, but like fine gold remains bright)?
attack_laurel
Aug. 12th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
I think using the bullion is better - the mylar is so cheap, it doesn't act at all like real gold thread. But I think the best way to decide for yourself is to do a test piece with both, and see how they look to you.

Personally, I can pick mylar out a mile away (hyperbole, but unowatimean) because it has a very distinctive bright look, and won't ever lay properly flat.
wayward_wench
Aug. 12th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
I love to follow your projects. Your work is amazing and you ARE insane.

(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
gold work making stitching easier and more enjoyable
gorgeous work. Maybe you could use thread heaven on the gilt to make stitching smoother and decrease problems. I've been using it on silk no knots or fraying its a dream to stitch with. Cost is less than 3.00 for a container recommended for metals and specialty threads. Its hypo-allergenic, acid-free, doesn't melt, prevents tangling and fraying, and reduces hand fatigue. I think it works better than wax. Let Me know if you try it and if it works. Any question e-mail me at angelwingsw502@yahoo.com. Happy stitching Stacey
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