Riding the Gold Thread Rollercoaster

Now that my tendinitis is mostly resolved, I’ve been attempting to catch up with my latest project, an illuminated letter ‘A’ done in laid and couched work, plus split stem detailing.   The photo here is of the work in progress, but I’m hoping to have it completed within the next week.

Stitching this piece reminded me of the way I always end up feeling whenever I use gold threads.  It doesn’t matter what make or type of thread, the problems inherent with use of metals reduce me to a partially coherent wreck by the time I’m done.   While I’m finishing, I swear fervently never to use the stuff again, only to change my mind completely when I survey the completed piece.  Metallic threads are usually a complete pig to use but, undeniably, look lovely in their proper place.

I guess I could then say that I enjoy having used them, but not at the time I’m actually using them.  Thankfully, I am not totally addicted to adding ‘bling’ to my work.