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Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Finish: Silk Pageantry

This week's pick is just because I haven't featured much canvaswork lately here on Just String.

Design: Silk Pageantry, a now-retired ANG group correspondence course

Designer: Kay Cline

Technique: silk and metal on canvas

Ground fabric: 18ct mono canvas

Threads: silk floss, metallic threads, silver pearl purl

Stitches used: crossed and flat canvaswork stitches, couching

Stitching timeframe: middle to late 2006

I changed all but the background colors from Kay Cline's original design, including switching from gold pearl purl to silver. I was surprised to notice that the silver is starting to tarnish a bit already. Does anybody have any hints for slowing this tarnishing?

You may not be able to tell from the picture, but the pearl purl (see the arrows in the picture) is actually slightly stretched from its original form, resulting in a wavy silver wire that is couched. I really like this technique.

In case you're curious about how I framed this:

8 comments:

SilkLover said...

I believe Tricia has some information on the Masterclass blog on tarnishing. Perhaps you can find something there that you can adapt to help you with your situation.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

SilkLover's mention of Tricia Nguyen told me where to look for mentions of tarnishing metal threads. Here are the links, but it does sound as if you will have to unframe the piece to add any "scavenging strips."

http://thistle-threads.com.mytempweb.com/blog/index.php/2010/06/keeping-metal-threads/

http://thistle-threads.com.mytempweb.com/blog/index.php/2010/06/tarnishing-threads-pt-2/

http://thistle-threads.com.mytempweb.com/blog/index.php/2010/06/tarnishing-threads-pt-3/

http://thistle-threads.com.mytempweb.com/blog/index.php/2010/06/long-term-aging-of-gold-threads/

Front Range Stitcher said...

Wow Jeanne, wonderful post and a most beautiful piece. I never considered the notion of tarnishing threads; quite interesting and very good to know.

And Jane's ferreting out of related information deserves the Miss Marple Award of the day. Way to go Jane!

Karen said...

This is beautiful, Jeanne. It's one of those pieces that you can look at for half an hour and still not see all the details of. If that makes sense :-) And it's framed nicely -- did they do this at your LNS?

Jeanne said...

It's beautiful Jeanne - a lovely finish fo you and the framing really sets it off. That's disappointing about the tarnishing threads but maybe it will just make the piece look a bit antique-like. :) I'm always worried about charms on my pieces and coat them in nail polish but thread is a whole other issue!

madziula said...

Beautuful!! Your colours are super!!

Jeanne said...

Jane, SilkLover,
Thanks for the reminder about Tricia's advice about the scavenging strips. I don't know if that will work well in this situation because this piece is framed without glass, so it's not enclosed. I have decided to move it from the stack of framed pieces in my "finished" pile and actually hang it, so that it's not exposed to the direct outgassing of the wood frame next to it.

Karen,
Yes, my LNS framed this and did a wonderful job with the matting!

Jeanne,
Thanks for the thought of the antique look. Fortunately the silver isn't really dark yet, but does have a bit of a patina. Yeah, that's it - not tarnish, patina!

All - thanks for the good words.

Edy said...

Beautiful, Jeanne.

Thanks for the note about Mom...I was wondering where she was.