Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Floral Glove, Arabesque

The blue petals and trefoils below each carnation and the rose are framed by an arabesque. A strand of AGT Old Gold Thread is couched along the line of the arabesque. I have no idea what AGT stands for (Antique Gold Thread, perhaps). The thread is new to me. It resembles lizardine that has been stretched and combined with a silk core (more about that later) except that it is heavier gauge than that. The silk core appears to be a full six strands of Soie de Paris and the gold that wraps around it is more elongated than a stretched lazardine. The picture below shows a single strand of Soie de Paris, a length of AGT Old GolD Thread, the inner core of the thread and the gold wire that is wrapped around the core.

© Thistle Threads/Carol-Anne Conway

As with any thread of this weight, it is couched on the surface, in this case with a single strand of black Soie de Paris. The couching stitches should lay over the black areas of the AGT allowing the gold wrap to show.

© Thistle Threads/Carol-Anne Conway

I found the AGT surprisingly stiff (I should not have been surprised, Tricia does mention that in the notes) and a bit unwieldy. I found it a little difficult to bend it into the right shape but the couching stitches seem to be holding it in position.

© Thistle Threads/Carol-Anne Conway

I think this makes a nice accent below the flowers.

Happy Stitching


Jeannine 520 said...

Absolutely gorgeous - love it!

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

I've never seen a thread like that, it certainly is beautiful and very unusual. The project is coming along nicely

Connie said...

Wow! That looks amazing

Rachel said...

It's fascinating, isn't it, that each addition enhances the design, even when you think it's already a delightful and even finished piece of work. You'll see that even more clearly in a few days...