belfebe (belfebe) wrote,

Experiment Update or The Saga of the Golden Knots

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 . . .
  • Tags: costuming, embroidery

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