More gold! and a trick…

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!

11 thoughts on “More gold! and a trick…

  1. Hi Kathy,
    The blackwork is coming on beautifully. I like the centre with the pattern around it the most.
    This is not meant as criticism,just an observation, the blackwork filling patterns on the right side is much darker than on the left side. I dont know if it is just because I am looking at a photo and not the real thing.
    I enjoy your post every second day and that is the fiirst thing I open in the morning. It is wonderful to see how everybody look at life and work differently.

    Kind Regards

  2. It looks so lovely, and thank you for the trick with the paper outline. I will definitely use that in the future!

    • Thanks everyone for your comments.
      Coming home and reading them all really cheers me up at the end of the day. 🙂
      Liebe Grusse,

  3. Please can you tell me how I would have seen blackwork many years ago ? Your work is beautiful and I enjoy your blog so much.

    • Hi Esther,
      I don’t think you would have been able to see it very well years ago. I know that embroiderers had to work in sunshine and there are paintings of women in formal gardens stitching so I imagine that they could only stitch during sunlight hours and when they were young. I certainly couldn’t do it without my magnifying lamp!
      I’m so glad you enjoy my blog!
      Liebe Grusse,

  4. Very pretty, Kathy. I don’t usually go for blackwork, but I like this with the goldwork. Very nice!

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