Shay Pendray's inventive needlework by Shay Pendray

By Shay Pendray

Writer and needlepoint clothier, Shay Pendray captures in writing for the 1st time her award-winning information and strategies for sewing, from the fundamentals - beginning and preventing thread, laying multistranded threads and framing - to embellishing, combining stitches, and new leading edge couching recommendations. greater than simply a standard needlepoint booklet - fans will locate solutions to questions discovered nowhere else. Readers will methods to decide upon composite stitches; new couching concepts and utilizing metallics on canvas and steel threads; combining counted needlepoint stitches and embroidery; and enhancing canvas with silk - there isn't a extra whole reference out there that addresses silk - different types of silk and while and the place to exploit silks. compatible for needlepoint stitchers of all ability degrees this reference combines full-colour images and illustrations to illustrate each one procedure.

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2) Hint Winding the koma toward your body adds overtwist to the thread, which is very desirable. Without the overtwist, the silk core of the thread would be exposed, causing damage to the thread. As you unwind the thread from the koma, some of the overtwist will naturally disappear. 34 SECTION 1: GOLD WORK Fig. 2. Turn the koma toward your body. Fig. 1. Tie a thread to each of the koma. As you wind, don’t let the thread slip through your left hand, as this will cause damage to the thread and leave an oily residue from your skin.

With your left hand, unwind about 20" from the skein and place your left hand at this 20" mark. At this point your two hands should be 20" apart and the rest of the skein should still be in place. Turn the koma in your right hand toward your body, winding thread onto the koma. Whether you are right- or lefthanded, always turn the koma toward your body. This adds overtwist to the Japanese gold/silver. (Fig. 2) Hint Winding the koma toward your body adds overtwist to the thread, which is very desirable.

Make sure your stitches accurately follow the traced lines. These are the lines you will follow when stitching the design and the more accurate they are, the easier it will be to stitch. 42 SECTION 1: GOLD WORK 6. When you’ve completed the outline stitching, tear the paper away to reveal the stitched outline of the design. This sounds easy, but you must be very careful not to disturb the stitching when tearing away the paper. I usually run the point of a laying tool along a single stitched line.

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