Monday, 4 November 2013

Merino Wool Tops - Cords (Part 2)

I hope some of you have made the cords described in Part 1.  They are great fun to make and extremely versatile for both felters and embroiderers.
 
 
Couching down the cords in the image above.
 
Top left - couching the cord with straight stitches using Perle 5 Blackcurrant.  This is suitable for cords that are multi coloured or on a plain coloured cord with contrasting thread to make the cords more visible.
Bottom left - couching the cord with diagonal stitches.  This makes the cord a little more interesting.
Top right - couching the cord with cross stitch using Perle 5 Sunflower.  This could be used as a feature.
Bottom right (top two stitches) - couching the cord with three stitches close together.
Bottom right (bottom two stitches) - couching the cord with three stitches close together, as above, and then wrap the thread around the three stitches.  This adds texture and interest.
 
 
The centre of the flower uses a narrow cord which is not quite firm and this allows the cord to be wound into a spiralling circle.  It is attached using tiny stitches on the inner and outer edge of the cord.  I think this would look great on the front of a bag.  The centre of the flower and stalk have a spiral effect by using 4 colours (see Part 1).
 
 
 
Cords make great legs!  Cords can also be used for arms, flowers, leaves, stalks, the list is endless.  Try couching using a thinner thread and adding small beads.
 

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