Butterfly In Grass is a study in the use of silk
and metal threads on Congress cloth. The threads used are a variety of silks,
such as Soie Platte, Soie Perlee, Soie d'alger, Pearsall or other silk brands
available in the market place. Pearl cotton #8 will be used in the background
darning pattern. The gold threads used are Japanese #1 gold and a gold braid.
The techniques include couching, laid work, slanting gobelin, and a Kogin
darning pattern for the background.
This class is designed to acquaint the beginner/intermediate stitcher with
working with silk and metal threads on Congress cloth, to explore the use
of different silks on Congress cloth, to manipulate metal threads on Congress
cloth, to pad certain sections, to use surface stitches as well as canvas
stitches on Congress cloth, and to encourage a relatively novice or more
in the use of these wonderful threads!
Technique: Silk and Metal Thread Embroidery on Congress cloth
Proficiency Level: Basic to Intermediate
Design Size: 5-1/2" x 7"
Kit Fees/Contents: $55; Congress cloth (10" x 10"), needles, braid,
Japanese Gold, and all threads to complete the project, and a color reproduction
Student Supplies: Stretcher bars (10" x 10"), frame weight or holder,
scissors for cutting metal thread, scissors for cutting silk thread, stroking
needle (a tekobari, trolley needle, a mellor, whatever is your favorite --
even a #13 tapestry needle will work), thumb tacks, beeswax (for waxing couching
thread), HB or 2H pencil, magnifier/light, ruler, notebook and pencil for