The other thing is, I don't necessarily want to couch this thread. The idea of passing thread is that you can pass it through your linen. I want to learn how it is done, and so far I have not found much information out there. Any useful tips will be much appreciated.
I read in my "Metal Thread Embroidery" book that there used to be a "round eye" needle precisely for this, but that they are not making them anymore. However, since people continue embroidering with metals, I suppose that they are solving the problem some other way.
ballistabob tells me that he has a needle among his leatherworking supplies that is thin and has a large eye. I intend to give it a try. But I would like to hear what other people are doing too. I have never embroidered with metals, so this is a new adventure for me.
On other news, I went through my "Dressing the Rapier Fighter" paper, and I realize that it needs to be updated big time. Holy cow! I have really moved away from many of the things that I used to recommend in that class, since I have discovered better ways to make rapier armor that is both functional and cool.
It will take me a while since I basically need to re-write the whole darned thing, but it will be done. Preferably before the end of the year.
Definitely, no rest for the wicked.