belfebe (belfebe) wrote,

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Hey guys, gotta question for embroiderers out there. What type of needle does one use for metal thread embroidery? I am talking about passing thread #5. The problem I am encountering is that normal needles do not have a large enough eye for the metal thread to go through. The ones that do, are too thick and unwieldy and tend to damage the fabric.

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.
Tags: costuming, embroidery, rapier

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