?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

First of all, thanks to all of you folks who responded to my request for help regarding needles for metalwork embroidery. Your tips have been really useful and I am making progress as a result.

And now, the update:

  • Round eye Japanese needles: After reading all the notes suggesting this, I remembered that I already owned one of those puppies. I purchased it at Pennsic a couple of years ago just because a) it was there; b) it was not an item easily available; and c) I never knew when it would come in handy.

    Well, it has now come in handy, and it works great. The needle is small, has a neat round eye, and the passing thread goes through it like nobody's business. If anything, the only thing that I have to say about it is that it is a sharp, and that when I work with linen I prefer blunts. But at least it is a fine needle that does not hurt my gold thread, it is easy to wield, and I can do fine work with it so it's all good.

  • Large eye blunt embroidery needles: I also dug out a couple of smallish yarn needles (one of those coming from ballistabob's Box of SurprisesTM), and practiced with them. They worked great too, especially for making those golden knots that have been driving me bonkers.

    I am also happy to report that I finally found my two skeins of Jap gold, and decided to practice with that instead of the real thing. The large, blunt needle, along with the Jap gold, have allowed me to achieve something that looks very close to those knots. I am still working on it, but it seems that the Golden Knots of Insanity shall be eventually mastered by Evil Belphoebe.

    Now, if only my embroidery thread had arrived . . .
  • Comments

    ( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
    greta_k
    Nov. 29th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
    oh - THOSE knots. Is it actually a knot, similar to a French knot, or is it more of a couched sprial?
    belfebe
    Nov. 29th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
    It's more like a couched, braided spiral.
    (Deleted comment)
    belfebe
    Nov. 29th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
    Cool beans. I like sharing my "discoveries" through my postings. Glad that you find them useful :-)
    purplemermaid
    Nov. 30th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
    The problem with Jap and tight bends is that the 'gold' wrapped round the 'silk' is quite wide and the 'gold' doesn't bend that easy. Have you tried using a similar thread which comes as thickness T69, T70, T71 (the last being the thinest) as the 'gold' on these is much thiner than that on Jap.
    belfebe
    Nov. 30th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
    Actually, I am using the Jap only for practice, in order for me to figure out the stitch, as opposed to the actual gold #5 passing thread, which is a lot more expensive :D
    belfebe
    Nov. 30th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
    But I am intrigued all the same. Where can you get that type of thinner thread?
    ( 7 comments — Leave a comment )

    Latest Month

    March 2014
    S M T W T F S
          1
    2345678
    9101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    3031     
    Powered by LiveJournal.com
    Designed by Paulina Bozek