I had a request to put together a tutorial for attaching gold threads to the edge of stumpwork petals. I had mentioned this method in a previous post. This method can be used for attaching various goldwork threads to the edge of detached petals. In the example shown I have used gilt smooth passing thread No 6 and filled the petals with Anchor Marlitt Stranded rayon floss.
Work the detached stumpwork petals.
The gilt passing thread is applied while the petal is still in the hoop.
Thread a no 12 crewel needle with clear monofilament thread and secure the tread at the back of the petal. (I have used a single strand of gold tread in this example so that you can see the thread as it is being worked!) Bring the needle up through the first buttonhole stitch between the button hole beading and the covered wire edge of the petal.
Lay a piece of the passing thread along the buttonhole beading leaving a 2.5 cm (1”) tail.
Take the needle down over the passing thread and through the same hole where you brought the needle up. Continue couching the passing thread in this manner every 2 mm (1/8 “).
When you have couched all the way around the petal secure the couching thread at the back of the petal. Cut the passing thread, again leaving a 2.5 cm (1”) tail.
Cut out the detached petal. I like to work from the back so that I can see the stitches used to attach the gold thread. This way I can avoid cutting any by mstake.
I just love the Kai Ultra Sharp scissors for this job.
To attach the detached petal to your main fabric, Insert a large needle e.g. yarn darner, through the main fabric at the point where you intend to position the petal. Push the needle down until just the eye is above the fabric. Thread the wire tail of the petal through the eye of the needle and the hole created by the needle.
Gently pull down from the back. Pull the needle all the way through.
Reinsert the needle into the same hole as above and thread one of the tails of passing thread into the eye and pull the needle through to the back of you work.
Repeat for the second tail. Secure the wire and threads on the back of your work.
Happy stitching. PS sorry some of the pictures are a bit blurry - I'm a better embroiderer than I am a photographer.