Category Archives: goldwork

Ocean Waves: The Finale

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Don’t you hate it when you don’t know the ending? Somebody leads you along, telling you a story, and then just stops, and you’re left saying, “And then what?”? Sorry. I kinda did that. In the early months of this year, I wrote up a number of posts describing my progress on Judy Souliotis’s Ocean…

Whitecaps on the Waves

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Thanks for the compliments on the start of the center medallion on Ocean Waves. I definitely felt more comfortable by the last section of gold than I did when starting out! And I’m really glad that designer Judy Souliotis recommended starting with the lower portion of the waves, because the whitecaps were doubly challenging. For…

Japanese Couching: Starting the Center Waves

The center motif on Ocean Waves is stitched using a couching technique traditionally found in Japanese Embroidery. This is the first time I’ve ever tried it, though. The technique involves couching two strands of metallic (typically Japanese gold or silver) with a silk thread called couching silk (of course). Here’s the first section stitched in…

Background patterns on Ocean Waves

If you guessed that I actually finished Judy Souliotis’s Ocean Waves a few weeks ago, you’d be right. Several of the stitchers local to me have seen it already. Since I’ve already moved on to other projects in “real time,” I’m unfortunately not going to describe this project enough to do it justice, but I’ll…

Needlework Nibbles: Silk Purl

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I enjoy trying out new threads and new (to me) needlework techniques. However, I fully admit that I often will buy a new thread and never actually do anything with it. Because of this, I was thrilled when Tricia Wilson-Nguyen of Thistle Threads…

Tudor Purse progress

As of this past weekend, my Tudor Purse was in the same state as when I last posted about it in October. Since then, I’ve finished the open (or spaced) Ceylon stitch and added tendrils in Ceylon stitch. I debated a bit about further adorning the open Ceylon with some wrapping or other decorative stitch,…