Gold and black – it’s a classic combination or “an eternal theme” as Kimmy mentioned in her comment. As I add more gold to the blackwork. it looks richer and more elegant. I’ve chosen to use three different materials: pailettes, gold passing thread and gold pearl purl for a variation of texture and sparkle.
All four of the tulip shapes and two of the leaf shapes are edged in gold passing thread #5. Two of the leaf shapes are edged in chain stitch in black silk to give a bit more weight to the piece. The center…
…is edged in gold passing #7 (thicker than #5). The large center shape is bordered in pearl purl stitched in every valley with black silk, so the gold and black are combined.
For the outside border I’ll be using the same technique of pearl purl with black silk but I’m planning to use a slightly larger size of Pearl purl. The center shape is worked using #1 pearl purl (the finest) but I”ll be using #3 for the outside border. After using couched pearl cotton in the border of the Colors of India project, I may repeat that application here and use black pearl cotton next to the gold. I feel that the piece needs a bit more black on the outside edge to pull it all together. The short lines that radiate out from each of the pailettes topped with black beads will be couched with rough bullion.
I’m going to be sad to see this project finished as I really enjoyed it. Blackwork may be slow going but it’s so rewarding. In the RSN Certificate course one has a choice of blackwork or canvas as the fourth module. Can you guess which I’ll choose when the time comes?