I’m creeping towards the end of the monogram on the Medallion Project – not quite there yet, but I’ll be finished with it by the end of this weekend, and started on the next step in the whole project.
In the meantime, this is where I am at this point:
The Lizardine goldwork thread is nice to use! I really love it – it’s worked out quite well for the edging on this project.
Where to Find Lizardine
Many folks have asked where to find this goldwork thread. If you’re looking for it, Hedgehog Handworks carries Lizardine, and right now, they have a site-wide 15% off sale going on until the end of February, so it’s a good time to pick some up if you want to use this thread. It’s not an inexpensive thread, but if stretched (the way I’m using it in this project), it goes a lot farther than you’d imagine. I’ve still got a good 12″ or so left from a 36″ piece after cutting all the threads for the monogram. When you stretch it, you get at least double the length from one piece. I wouldn’t advise stretching it too far, though – just about double will do. To stretch Lizardine, you grip the ends and just gently pull it apart. It does not spring back, so once it’s stretched, it’s stretched. Better to stretch slowly to the point you want, then to yank it apart, only to realize you’ve stretched it too far!
In fact, I over-stretched a piece a little farther than I would have liked, but I still used it. You can’t tell the difference from afar, but if I had stretched it just a bit farther, I wouldn’t have been able to use it, and it would’ve been a waste (at least for this project).
So, that’s Lizardine, and that’s where you can find it.
Incidentally, I’ve had a lot of requests for information on where to get Fine D’Aubusson wool for embroidery, and Hedgehog carries that, too – so if you’re looking for a good wool for hand embroidery (it’s the same wool I used in the Nesting Place project), it’s a good time to pick some up on sale!
Upcoming on Needle ‘n Thread
Next week, I’ll be on the road (Alabama, here I come!), but you’ll still find plenty of stitchy information popping up on Needle ‘n Thread! There’s some Stitch Play, where you can see some fun things you can do with basic embroidery stitches; a Stitch Glitch, that shows how to end and start a thread in a more complicated stitch; a book review of a Really Beautiful Book out this year that you just might have to add to your wish list; and a project update! And of course… who knows what else! Maybe some news from Alabama? I’ll still be connected, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line, leave comments, and whatnot, ok?
Enjoy your weekend! Hopefully, we can all get some quality time in with our needle and thread!
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