I recently placed an order through Hedgehog Handworks for some goldwork supplies, in anticipation of an upcoming needlework project that I’m looking forward to writing about. Some of the threads I received are kind of interesting, so I thought I’d show them off!
When you order real metal threads from Hedgehog, they generally come in little plastic boxes of various sizes. For shipping, I suppose this is nice, because it keeps the threads intact. But if you order an abundance of types of threads, when you open the box, you may find that you have … well…. LOTS of little plastic boxes!
Right now, I don’t mind the boxes so much, since the gold threads are nesting safely within them. But I know I’m a bit of a packrat when it comes to those types of packaging containers. Once the gold thread is gone, I will feel obliged to save them for “something else,” and the next thing I know, I’m going to have little plastic boxes multiplying in my cabinets, until I’m overrun with little plastic boxes!
But I suppose I’ll face that dilemma later!
Once the supplies were taken out of the shipping box and stacked up, they didn’t look quite so abundant, but still, it’s a nice stock of threads for the project I have in mind.
Mostly, I ordered pearl purl, smooth purl, matte purl, check purl, twist, smooth passing, and rococco, along with some different sizes of spangles.
I also ordered these two specialty threads.
This is a frieze / bullion twist, a combination of a check purl (frieze brilliant) and a smooth purl or bullion, in silver (check purl) and gold (smooth purl). It’s kind of a thickish metal thread, heavy looking and very rich. I’m not sure if I’ll use it soon or not. I’ll have to play with it a bit!
This metal thread is called Sadi Twirl, and it’s a bit different. It’s two coiled springs made out of metal wire in different colors, twisted together. The coils are not smooth and tightly coiled like smooth purl, which is limp and very supple, but rather this stuff is coiled with space between the coils, and the actual coils are somewhat stiff. They aren’t as stiff as pearl purl, but the thread is fairly stiff overall.
You can see the tip of the thread here and get a better sense of the coils and the wire used to make them.
It was heaps of fun going through the new goldwork supplies. Once I sifted through the order, I had to figure out how to store them. Rummaging through my cabinets, I came across a couple empty stationery boxes that I had brought home from work for just this type of situation! One of them was perfect – I stacked all the little boxes inside, and had room for a bag of goldwork “scraps” left over from various projects.
Ahhhh. I feel so smug and organized! I put the lid on the box, labeled it “Goldwork Supplies,” and resigned it to the project shelf until I can get this one started. I’m hoping to launch into it this week – so I’ll spring it on you soon!
Where to Find Goldwork Supplies
Japanese Embroidery Center (Japanese Threads)
In Canada: Berlin Embroidery
In Australia: Alison Cole Embroidery, Mary Brown Designs, Jane Nicholas Stumpwork Embroidery
In the UK:
Benton & Johnson, Golden Threads, Golden Hinde
If you know of any other goldwork supply resources, please do let me know and I’ll be happy to include them on my list!
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