Sunday, 18 February 2018

Summer in Europe Regensburg Door

This one has driven me crazy but I like the outcome. It's all done in gold thread and the close up shows the shine better.

This is based on a door in Regensburg, Germany. I think it might be the Bishop's Palace but couldn't swear to that. You can see the door here. 

Initially I started doing this design in gold beads, but I decided it wouldn't fit with the overall quilt so I started again. Then I made the big mistake of using metallic thread for couching. It would have been fine using the metallic thread for the top thread but I also used it to stitch the top thread down and that caused endless problems. The top thread is all 6 strands of DMC  metallic embroidery thread and it's stitched down with a single strand of the same thread. It's a very rough thread which catches easily and then tangles or the shiny bit comes away from the inside nylon thread. I have a very fine, strong, smooth thread specially designed for use with gold work which I should have used which would have halved the time spent on this at least. 

Once I'd started though, I didn't feel I could switch threads so I persevered, swearing and snarling all the way. Just to test things out, I did use the smooth thread for the final outside line, and it worked like a dream so lesson learnt. If you look at the close up I think the smooth thread looks better than the metallic thread too so I wish I'd used it from the start. 

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