Monday, February 3, 2014

Queen Bee takes flight...


..well almost. 
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.

Happy Stitching,
Anna X

12 comments:

  1. Does all the eyestrain qualify you as a suffering artist? I think it should! I suffer from carpal tunnel but when I finish something that gives me such satisfaction, it is all worth it. :)

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  2. Am watching the "growth" of the bee with great interest, and am keeping my beekeeping husband informed too!

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  3. The silk thread is incredible - so fine and beautiful, and I completely see why you'd prefer it for less bulk. It really does make a difference! Love the wings, too...Chrissie x

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  4. Crazy fine is right! But so worth it, as everyone has said. How big is the entire piece, measured across the points?

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    1. Hi Monica, It as 5.5cm (2 1/4") across from point to point.
      It did occur to that I need to photograph it with something to give a sense of size and proportion. Will do next time.

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  5. So which of the Pipers threads are you actually using? I have an Or Nue project in the planning stages and had not picked my threads yet and I would like to try these. Thanks, Kris

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    1. I am using the floss silk and usually buy the little 80 meter spools.

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  6. May I ask what gold thread you are using? It is really coming together nicely. I have just read through all of the posts on this project and it has been such fun. I especially like your 'mood board'. Do you print out the photos you want from your computer or do you use photos from magazines?

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    1. Thank you. The gold thread is a smooth passing thread there are a few different types and sizes around. This particular one is no. 6 Art Gold from Golden Thread.
      Moodboards are a great tool for getting design ideas and colours. I find pictures everywhere - books, magazins, the internet, postcards.

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  7. You work is so nice. I've only done rework style embroidery. Maybe one day I'll be more adventurous.

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  8. Lovely work. I tried my hand at this type of embroidery recently, but it is so time consuming!

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