I often stitch up a small area in a colour scheme that I think might be interesting. This is my latest and since it is fresh off the hoop, I thought I would share it. At first I thought this colour scheme was a little too bold to work, but I decided to try it anyway. Because I was fearful, I had to stop myself heading to a safer side of the colour wheel into the blues — but I managed to resist the urge!
I pulled the colours from my stock of threads that I use to make up the thread twisties (available in the Pintangle shop). These little experiments are a good way to test the threads and see how they stitch up. From left to right I have selected a metallic copper-toned thread, apricot rayon thread, turquoise rayon thread, apricot cotton perle #8, turquoise cotton perle #5 an orange cotton perle #5, a turquoise yarn with a fine metallic thread in it, and an orange metallic yarn.
Take a closer look
Close up you can see the threads better. I am sometimes asked about the yarns. I use them as I would other threads. In using a needle with a large eye, the trick is the foundation fabric. If a fabric has a very fine weave, pulling these yarns through the fabric will shred or at least make them fuzzy and difficult to use. This piece was worked on 25-count linen. The linen has a lot of give in it and 25-count is not a tight weave, which means you can use unexpected threads with it.
In this close detail, you can see some of the turquoise yarn. I created the large French knots that have a sparkle in them, using the yarn. The sparkle is the metallic thread that is twisted throughout the yarn. As you can see, it’s a fun thread when stitched up. This piece is worked on a 25-count linen. Stitches I used in this are Satin Stitch, Palestrina, Bullion Knot, French Knot, Couching and Knotted Cable Chain. All of these links lead to tutorials on how to work each stitch should you want to try them.
I thought you might enjoy another close up so you can see the beads. I enjoy working in this encrusted style. There is quite a mix of beads, as they include novelty beads, seed beads and bugle beads.
Here is the completed piece. It is small — about 10 cm (approx 4 inches) across. If you click on the photo, you will see a larger version. I still think this colour scheme is a bit bold – but hey, some days we need to break the rules of good taste! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest experiment with colour.
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.
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