It is a good feeling to have reached the top of the main part of the body. I am deliberately leaving spaces between the stitches on the wings to allow the gold to shine through so the rest will seem like a breeze after the very, very dense stitching of the stripes.
I am using Pipers Floss Silk for the couching. This is a very fine filament silk with a beautiful sheen. It is probably not the best silk to work with if you have never used silk before - it is super fine and because it untwisted it catches so, so easily. Even the slightest roughness on your hands can get you into all sorts of trouble. Not good for someone like me who loves the garden but tend to garden without wearing gloves.
These pictures should give you an idea of how fine it is, I threaded one stand of cotton (floss) into a no. 10 embroidery needle (left) and a strand of Pipers Silk into a second needle (left) - then worked a few chain stitches with each for comparison. Yes, it is crazy fine and tiny!
So, why do I use it? I have found it to be PERFECT for Or Nue because the flat, fine silk lets me work very, very dense stitches over the metal threads without creating bulk. This is super important when the stitching is really dense in some areas and not in others otherwise you end up with 'bulging' sections.
I confess I sometimes wonder why I spend so many hours bent over something so tiny and fine it makes my eyes hurt. Then again, when I step away and look at it from a distance the next day - it does seem like it is well worth the effort!
She should have eyes next time you see her.