Hi, HSG - I like the idea of white pearls or something as accents. I was originally going to do something along those lines instead of the gold paillettes, or at least alternating with them. I'd like to find pearl beads that have the hole further down the "globe" of the pearl, so that the thread isn't running right through the middle of it - just on the bottom edge, where it's being sewn on. Does anyone have an idea where I could find something like that?
Cedarwaxwing - The gold I'm using is actually real gold (metal) "threads." They aren't always threads, though - many of the different types (like the purls that form the zig-zags on the left-hand leaf) are made from tiny, tiny metal wire that is coiled into very fine springs. The check purl is made similarly. The twist, which comprises the stem and surrounds some of the petals, is the same metal that has been flattened and wound around a thread core, and there plies of it to make the twist. It is couched on, not sewn through the fabric. I explained a bit about the goldwork supplies I used in the different posts on my website. You can also look up "goldwork supplies" and find different resources for them. Tanja Berlin (www.berlinembroidery.com
) is probably the best source for information about them, as she has a pretty thorough description page. You can also look up Benton and Johnson goldwork supplies, and get to Benton and Johnson (of London) who still make the metal threads. There, you'll find a pretty good history of goldwork and how the metal threads are made, etc.
Hope that's helpful!
Yes, I originally thought ---- "eeeew, bugs." But once I saw them, and once I saw the museum pieces adorned with them, I got over it pretty quickly. They aren't your typical "US home garden variety" beetles - and when you actually get the wings, there aren't any other bug parts attached! They just feel like a kind of tough papery-leathery-laquered sort of thing.
Glad you like the pattern, Fairlight - It's a bit rough around the edges, but it was fun to work!