Friday, May 13, 2011

Adventures in Or Nue, pt. 2

Here is a scan of my progress on the Or Nue glove cuff.

From this picture, you can see the difference between the black and purple chain stitching, and the silver couched threads.  Along the bottom, the silver threads are tacked down with white in a geometric design.  On the tower, the silver is tacked down with a dark gray thread, spaced closer together for darker shading, and further apart for lighter areas. 

The rough ends of the silver threads are still sitting on top of the fabric, ready to be "plunged."  "Plunging" is where a strong string is threaded up through the fabric from the underside, and brought back down into the same hole, passing over top of the rough end.  The string is then pulled tightly, which brings the rough end to the under side of the fabric where it can be secured.  Metal threads are very delicate and don't take well to stitching, hence the use of couching.  By plunging the ends, the metal threads are not damaged during couching.

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