Re: [sig] Digest Number 1671
5. Couch white cotton yarn in a single or double
thickness (depends on size of your pearls) along the
stitched pattern. Cotton yarn, or "bel'," is exactly
what was used in period for the purpose.
6. Insert a beading needle with thread from the back
at a starting point of your embroidery, through yarn.
String pearl on the thread.
7. Couch with a separate white thread between each
pearl, tightly, going through the yarn and the
8. When finished laying the pearls, couch gold cord
around the emdroidery, making sure to sew through the
white yarn and then fabric, not outside of yarn.
9. All done! This way, you go through each line in a
pattern five times: pattern, "bel'," pearls, and two
lines of gold.
So, you use a narrower cord for the gold than the
I'm still not sure I get step 8 -- the gold sits on
the bel', not on the base fabric? Like: ??
(I hope that comes out! :D)
In addition, did they use any colors other than white
and gold? Meaning - maybe silver instead of gold?
Maybe other color bel' with other types of jewels?
Actually, does anyone know of any beading decoration
used in russian garb besides pearls? I have a ton of
amethyst colored glass E beads.....
LOVE the Novgorod kokoshnik! I'm a hat-fiend myself.
*sighing - I just couched a double line of
5/16th-width white cord -- now I may have to undo it.
Or just label this ozherlya 'test-1' :) .*
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