Re: [sig] Re: goldwork and pearling... LONG response
- Hey look, it's my notes on my "Embellishing Russian
Garb" class! :D
I try to find gold cord that's not entirely fakey
looking mylar stuff, but rather gold thread that's
wrapped around or otherwise incasing a cotton or
polyester base. Generally, you can pretty much tell
what looks phoney and what looks good when you shop.
I can usually find something locally. Surprise
surprise, but some Walmarts have a rack of by-the-roll
trims and cords, and I usually can find some stuff in
there worth using. Of course, it's usually only 3
yards per spool, but at a buck a spool, I can't argue.
I'm also willing to use non-metallic gold thread of
good color and make cord myself - by either twisting
or passemaine techniques. Cotton crochet thread is
good for this. I'm not familiar with Lacis, so I
can't much say, though I was thinking of ordering
cards for tablet weaving, so maybe I'll get a sample
of cords as well when I do that. I don't know how to
Lucet at all....
Gems are harder. You can order small rhinestone-like
gems preset in sew-on settings called Rosemontees from
places like Shipwreck Beads (OOO! and they're on sale
to you, since you're in AnTir), or Fire Mountain Gems.
The Rosemontees are good for accent, not necessarily
focal points of the design. These places also sell
cabochons, and some settings. I find that I can
sometimes use a pendant setting for a sewing piece by
sewing down the setting. This one, for example, I've
used a lot:
You set the cabochon into the prong setting, and sew
through the filigree.
Another source is Wolf E Myrow in Providence RI.
However, they are a bulk seller only, and you have to
know exactly what you want when you order: Eg: "I
want one gross of foil-back 18x13mm oval glass
cabochons in red, with one gross of 18x13mm flat back
setting in raw brass." And they have a minimum order
amount. Really, if you don't know exactly what
you're looking for, I don't recommend them. However,
if you do, have fun, because they have TONS of stuff.
I've been inside the warehouse once to shop.... like
Mecca, it was... ;) If you HAPPEN to be in the
Boston/Providence area and want to go sometime.. CALL
ME! I'll happily take a day off from work... ;P
Most of the time, you're going to have to glue
cabochons into settings, unless you find prong
settings, so take this advice: SEW THE SETTING DOWN
FIRST! Yes, kids, Sfandra has had to throw away six
lovely cabochons, because she stupidly glued first...
and the glue filled in the holes that WOULD have been
the places to pass some thread through... Oops. Look
for settings that have some sort of design that lets
you sew through it. You can glue to fabric, but it
won't last forever. in the setting I linked above,
sometimes I just leave the filigree visible, but other
times, I'll pearl right up against it and over the
filigree, so that it's hidden. Depends on the design.
One more note: both AC Moore and Joann carry a line
of acrylic 'rhinestones' in 3, 5, and 7 mm sizes that
have matching silver 4-prong settings sold separately.
At ACMoore they're in the beading aisles by the bulk
packages, and at Joann's they're in the aisle with the
iron-ons, and patches, and beaded trim and stuff (I
call it the "bling my jeans" aisle for tweenagers). I
have used these, by pushing the prongs through the
fabric from the back and then setting the gem in. If
you use these on a garment, wash inside-out, because
the prongs can catch and unbend, loosing the gem.
(Speaking of washing, a LARGE fine-mesh lingerie wash
bag is a good investment. I've found that even if a
setting or some beading comes loose, if the piece is
in a bag, I don't loose the beads or gems. I share a
washer with my whole building, so that's a concern for
me. Even a mesh laundry bag works well if the garment
Don't forget that instead of gems, you can use "metal
This page, second from the bottom. I'm using these as
the central motifs of a new ozherlya.
And of course, if you come to Pennsic, I'll be showing
bits and bobs and things like this in my "Embellishing
Russian Garb" class.
--- bphall76@... wrote:
> Ok, so I have a couple questions, too. What kind of******************
> gold cording is being
> used, the kind one gets from the fabric/craft store
> or more like the kind one
> gets from Lacis? How do you get the gems, glass or
> otherwise, to stay on the
> cloth? On the letnik applique, is it a straight
> piece across the sleeves or
> is it shaped?
> Vasilisa Myshkina
> Glymm Mere, An Tir
Posadnitsa Sfandra Dmitrieva Chernigova
KOE, Maunche, Apprentice to Maitresse Irene LeNoir
Haus Von Drakenklaue
Kingdom of the East
Never 'pearl' your butt.