Once the gold passing thread was couched on the heart for the Millefoiri Brooch, the next step was to attach the beautiful Red opal passing thread. This thread is a blend of colors changing subtly from gold to a pinkish color to red and back again. If I’d seen it in a shop I probably wouldn’t have purchased it – I wouldn’t have know what to DO with it! That’s one of the great things about working on a first class kit: the use of materials is often something new and you can explore using different materials in a way that’s been tried and tested.
As I couched down the red opal passing thread, I had to be careful not to pull the couching stitches too tight. I’ve discovered that this is a huge problem for me when using gold threads on a padded shape. I tend to pull the couching stitches too firmly, resulting in the padded shape being pushed upwards. The gold threads are then flat or almost flat against the fabric and the padded area is rising above the fabric without any threads on the padded area.
The goal is to work the passing thread onto the gently sloping side of the padded heart. In the photo above I’ve done a pretty good job. Below you can see the red opal all finished and the last rows of gold passing thread couched down. The slope of the padded heart is still looking pretty good. I think I’m getting better at this as I work! I need to remind myself…gently, gently!
In the photo below you can see one of the tricks I’ve learned from Jenny Adin-Christie. Look at the ends of the passing threads. Each of them is secured with a tiny piece of invisible tape. The tape prevents the thread from unraveling as I continue to work on the rest of the brooch. Pretty clever , I’d say!
The next step is to couch down pearl purl on the outside and inside of the passing threads. All the plunging of the passing threads is to be done at the end of the project – the last step- so I’ll have to be careful when I work the pearl purl around the outside tip! I’ll let you know how it goes!
Above is a photo of the heart brooch almost finished. In respect for the work Jenny Adin-Christie has put into her kits, especially the outstanding and well thought through instructions, I have removed all images of the piece in progress.