Silk and gold finished – I think…

I was a little sad when I put the last stitch in on this piece. It’s been a great learning experience and, although working with the Japan thread was difficult, I feel successful and the results look wonderful. I’m hooked on goldwork!

The top of the design needed a bit of gold to balance the bottom so I decided to outline the gold silk with Japan thread couched down with the maroon silk. I did one very important thing working with the Japan thread differently this time and I think it made a big difference.

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Pearl purl – how to

After this most recent goldwork project, I feel much more confident about  couching pearl purl onto a piece of embroidery. So confident, in fact, I’ve put together a short tutorial on how to do it for those few of you who may not know how or just need a nudge to try it. In fact, I’ve put together a short tutorial on how to do it for those few of you who may not know how or just need a nudge to try it. Remember that I was nervous about starting my first goldwork project? Well, what I’ve discovered is that a good place to start is with this thread – pearl purl is easy to work with and gives fabulous results!

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