Wow! What a contrast there is in the time taken to do goldwork vs blackwork! Blackwork takes forever…and ever…and ever. It’s very meditative and I love it, but it does go s – l – o – w – l – y. Couching gold passing thread, in comparison, flies along at the speed of light. This week I’ve been busy couching all the heart, flower and leaf shapes on the Blackwork Hearts and Flowers project and it didn’t take long. Here’s one of the tulips all finished.
As I finished more of the passing thread outlines, I could see that all of you were correct – as was my husband – about the beading. The gold paillettes are a much better choice for the overall design. They’re now all done and sparkle beautifully in the sunlight streaming through my studio window.
One tiny problem arose when it came time to outline the center flower shape with gold passing thread. I couldn’t see the line I’d drawn when I transferred the pattern any more. Too many dense black stitches obscured the line. Hmmm, what to do?
I decided to cut out the shape from the paper pattern and baste it onto the fabric in the correct spot. Then I attached the gold passing thread to the fabric, following the outline of the paper pattern and finally removed the little piece of paper. Voila! It worked! But I was so busy making it work and being chuffed with myself that I forgot to take a photo of the pattern piece when it was on the fabric. Rats! So here’s a photo of the little pattern piece after I snipped the thread and took it off.
Pretty clever I think and, most importantly, it worked! I also found some gold and black milliary wire in my small stash of gold threads I got when I was at Benton and Johnson last fall. What luck! Can you guess where it’s going to be used? Watch this space!