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« on: October 19, 2013 07:47:30 AM »

The last couple of months have been super busy, but I have had a chance to do some stitching (!)  My lastest project is whitework and I started with pulled thread work.  LOVE pulled thread work! 

For those who haven't encountered pulled thread work, I describe it like this:  "You know when you are stitching and everyone tells you not to pull to hard on the thread because you will distort the fabric?  well you get to break that rule in pulled thread work!"

So here is the finished thing! (well not quite, I still have to mount it!)



Before the end of last term, I finished this piece, it is my advanced gold piece, or as I like to call it Extra Sparkly Fun Time!



Some progress shots for you, underneath the craft felt is carpet felt - ewwww, its horrible, itchy and shreds very easily - the little fibres go up your nose, not good!




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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013 09:33:21 AM »

These are both beautiful.  I love whitework. The drawn threads make it look like lace.
I also love your golden chicken.  I never attempted gold work myself.  The gold threads look so very tricky to handle. But I really admire those who do it. Thanks for all the lovely pictures
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013 10:39:51 AM »

These are both so cool!  I didn't know pulled thread work was a thing!
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013 11:51:51 AM »

Oh, I love pulled/drawn thread things! Yours is gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013 03:20:03 PM »

The goldwork is amazing.   Shocked  How are the threads applied?

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2013 05:14:35 PM »

Both are incredible projects. Look very intense. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013 02:02:47 PM »

Your work is absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2013 01:17:57 PM »

The goldwork is amazing.   Shocked  How are the threads applied?



Mostly goldwork threads are couched, that is you use a strong sewing thread to stitch over the gold thread to attach it to the fabric.  You then take the gold threads through to the underside and stitch them to the back of the fabric to secure them.

There are some exceptions - the tail is a technique called cut work.  The threads are made up of a small wire that is wound like a spring, so the centre is hollow.  You can then pass a need and thread through the centre of the spring to attach them to the fabric. 

There are several different types of padding that can give different effects.  The one that is most obvious is the basketweave section on the neck.  Hard string (literally the white string that you have in your kitchen draw) is stitched on first at regular intervals, you then lay the gold thread over the top and add a discreet catching stitch over the gold, between the pieces of hard string.  By varying the number of times and intervals that you catch the thread, ou can create different patterns.  It is all very clever and LOTS of fun.
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