[HNW] Re: blackwork
eowyna at sca-caid.org
Fri Apr 15 19:24:11 PDT 2005
No one has yet mentioned my favorite cotton thread for
blackwork: Tatting cord. It is a very hard, strong,
tightly spun thread, not fuzzy like floss. One strand of
floss is very like a length of tatting cord. It provides
a lovely, crisp line.
For silk thread, I again like sewing thread weights, such
as Gutterman's. I find Au Ver a Soie a bit "soft' for my
taste, but just finished one sleeve of a smock with a line
of blackwork done in that. I think I will switch to
something else for the other sleeve.
My next experiment is going to be using Japanese flat silk
for blackwork. I'm getting used to using it for tent
stitch for the sweet bag project. Some of the
Elizabethan-era blackwork pieces have thread so fine that
they must be using flat silk, not spun, and only a thin
little hank at that.
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