Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Goldwork WIP - couched gold leaves

I did exactly what I always advise others NOT to do....

... set the work aside before finishing all the (pesky) metal thread tails on the back!!!
Taking the tails to the back, may make the front look neat and somewhat tidy, but 'taming' the tails on the back is a completely other story - one I was determined to get over and done with today.

These uncontrolled tails, poking out in every-which-one direction take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to tidy up. I am convinced I have spent at least twice as long working on the back as it took stitching the front.

One-by-one every tail, trimmed, bent back and stitched securely down...

... they are all done!
I love the look of solid, couched gold laid side by side.. but I am glad there are no more ends.

Best stitches
Anna X


  1. I am enjoying following the progress of your goldwork. Your work is impeccable; every stitch and thread looks absolutely perfect. What an inspiration!

  2. Why not stitch them back in a pair?

    1. Hi Natalie, you are right, they are actually stitched down in pairs, still needs to be tidied up individually and when they are off-set on an angle like here, I will often work a stitch or two around the base of each thread before stitching the pair together.

  3. I'm enjoying watching your progress on this piece too. It is beautiful .