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 has been a lovely project to work on. One of the things I’ve liked best is that it could be broken down into manageable parts – text, brown branches, holly leaves in check thread, holly leaves in silk and the border in gold passing thread. Each used a different technique/stitch and each could be [...]
One of the advantages of visiting Benton and Johnson was being able to see so many of their threads in person. As I mentioned earlier it’s difficult for me as a beginner to goldwork to imagine how metal threads look and feel from a photo or a description. Traditional gold threads aren’t so difficult because [...]
Fun! Fun! Fun! After a week of debate, indecision and uncertainty, I took the plunge and decided how I was going to work the border of the Colors of India Project. It’s heart shaped and quite wide. I always envisioned it as being quite an important part of the design and wanted to use different [...]
Pearl purl, check purl and bullion are all made from the drawn wire that is spun onto needles at high speed. These machines really fascinated me – they are so clever and produce the wires so quickly!
I’ve always been interested in how things are made. The ingenuity of the human mind is wonderful. I love seeing how we have invented ways to make what we need or want. So getting to see how the different kinds of gold thread are made was pretty exciting!
When my husband and I set out for the Benton and Johnson ‘factory’ we knew it would be an interesting morning. It seemed to be the perfect combination of industry and art for us both to enjoy. But we never guessed we’d spend over two and a half hours learning about metal thread production without [...]