First, in case you weren't sleeping at night thinking about Aethelmaerc's Rose motif for the 2005 pouch project....well here goes: It's a white rose with gold seeds and green leaves on a red background. By the way did I mention that this is the last rose remaining to be embroidered for the 2005 Rose Pouch project?
Secondly, since some of you may be interested or thinking about trying goldwork....here are 3 books you may wish to look at. And I'm only presenting these books because of their good photos or descriptions/diagrams of gold threads and techniques, not for their "period" content.
1. New Ideas in Goldwork by Tracy Franklin. This book was just published and the first 3 chapters have excellent photos of different types of gold thread...such as what smooth purl and plate actually look like. The remaining chapters have to do with contemporary designs, etc. and projects that may or may not interest you.
2. Metal Thread Embroidery by Jane Lemon. This is an updated version of her 1987 reference book. She divides her book into 4 main sections:
(1) List of items on which goldwork can be found,
(2) Tools of the trade briefly discussed or defined
(3) Materials - This list of terms is arranged alphabetically like a dictionary and covers types of threads, fabrics, beads, etc. Some good photos of the gold threads but these photos aren't as good as in the first book.
(4) Techniques - Lists the different stitches with a nice section on couching methods with gold thread such as doing circles, angles, bricking, padded, and underside. Nice photo and diagram too of the plaited braid stitch common in Elizabethan embroidery.
And at the end of this book, Lemon provides a list of places in the UK and some other countries where you can see goldwork embroideries.
3. Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniques presents projects (of a contemporary nature) focusing on techniques such as silk shading, crewel work, blackwork and goldwork. The photos showing goldwork techniques and threads are nice and clear. And although these projects are geared to the modern needleworker...the techniques can definitely be used on SCA pieces. A great way to learn without having to travel thousands of miles to the RSN.
Yours in service,
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