It’s finished, done, complete. I will miss the slow pace of the work, the richness of the gold and black, that wonderful experience of doing something new for the first time.
(imagine trumpets playing a fanfare here…)
Here’s a close up of the wrapped pearl purl and the milliary wire. Milliary wire is a bit like already stretched pearl purl with a thin piece of gold passing thread attached along the bottom. You attach it to the fabric with small couching stitches every 4 or 5 valleys (just like pearl purl). For a good photo of milliary wire, look here on the Berlin Embroidery web site.
Here’s a photo of blackwork, paillettes, couched passing thread, chain stitch with black silk, stretched and wrapped pearl purl and milliary wire.
I am so happy to have found the wonderful web site String or Nothing and all of her fabulous blackwork filling patterns. Thank you for providing us all with such a great resource!
The texture and richness of this piece is so beautiful. I never imagined it would look this good. Sometimes when I look at it I wonder to myself “Did I do that?”
To all of you who supported and encouraged me as I worked, thank you!
If you’re looking for the pattern I designed for this piece, click on this link and you will find it. IndiaPattern_2-Square-1.