Here’s a very quick update on my embroidered Christmas ornament in goldwork and silk!
I had to change my mind on one idea because I was short on the metal thread I wanted to use – I’m running short on check purl… you’ll see what I mean…
The area between the green and gold twist and the pearl purl (the inside area of the border) was the problem. I wanted to cover the yellow felt there with check purl, like the middle diamond shape. Unfortunately, I didn’t think I’d have enough to get around the whole edge, so I reverted back to the idea of the passing thread couched in gold.
I think the gold passing thread couched with the gold silk gives the ornament a nice beveled look, but I really wanted a few more sparkly areas on the ornament. The other disadvantage is that I had already couched the pearl purl – the one wrapped in green silk and the one that lines the inside of the square. It’s not the normal order to use when couching passing thread, methinks. The green and gold pearl would’ve been ok, but having the other edge of pearl purl makes it quite difficult to couch the passing thread. I’m going to have to sink some threads.
You know, I think I might be back to that dilemma – do I want it on point, or square? Oh – don’t worry – we won’t start that again! It’s funny how different it looks in photos. I don’t see it from far away when I’m working on it, and can’t really get an eye for it, but when I see it in photos, I think I can be a bit more objective.
Maybe. Can we ever really be objective about our own work?