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Topic: Paisley Power! Embroidered Silk Cuff  (Read 8148 times)
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« on: November 28, 2011 07:06:53 PM »

This was a gift for the lovely luckdragon Smiley



I found the basic paisley shape in a non-needlework pattern, and then just did my own thing with selecting stitches and colours.

It was stitched using silk thread (soie d'alger, 2 threads) on a coarsely woven silk fabric. I used a variety of simple stitches, including chain stitch, coral stitch, blanket stitch, colonial knot, and cretan stitch. It was fun working with a non-rectangular shape. I tried to keep the stitching fluid and casual rather than being too precise about measuring everything out. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and I think luckdragon likes it too Smiley

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I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions for future cuff-y stitch-y things!
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011 08:23:47 PM »

This is so fun! I love your mix of stitches - you executed them all so neatly!
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011 08:28:21 PM »

That is beautiful! I love the stitching around the edges, what a great idea. Pinning!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2011 08:45:28 PM »

what a gorgeous design!
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2011 08:53:07 PM »

This is BEAUTIFUL! And so well constructed. I would wear one of these in a heartbeat!
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2011 04:24:38 AM »

Simply beautiful!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2011 04:28:54 AM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2011 07:26:34 AM »

You are such an incredible artist, jemimah! At first I thought it was a hair clip (which also would be lovely in this technique) but when I saw it was a cuff I nearly fell out of my chair!! Soooo wonderful!

How is it working with silk thread? Is it slippery?
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011 08:34:39 AM »

Thanks everyone!! Smiley

Oooh, a hairclip would be nice! Great idea Smiley

How is it working with silk thread? Is it slippery?

Working with silk thread is just LOVELY. The soie d'alger, which is like a silk equivalent of stranded floss (I think it's the most common silk embroidery thread, but you can get several other types and gauges of silk too), is gorgeous to stitch with. It's light, holds its shape, and sits where you put it. You use it just like regular floss, but the colours and lustre are so much nicer; photos don't really do it justice.

It's nothing like the shiny rayon/satin thread (sometimes also called artsilk). Which can give really cool effects, but can be a real PITA to stitch with sometimes.

WARNING: if you start stitching with silk thread, you may never be happy with anything else. Possible side effects include considerable time lost to playing with pretty skeins, obsession with obtaining every colour under the sun, and severe damage to your bank balance.
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011 09:20:32 AM »

Ooh, that's beautiful! I love the design!
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