I bought myself a pressie.
on the left are the colours I already had, and on the right the new ones I just bought, making up the complete range of colours available in this range. It’s not a huge range of colours, but it’s adequate for historical stuff, where you only really need a limited range.
I used the red and pale green on the left for the curtains and bedding on this year’s christmas project, alongside the devere no6 flat silk. I think the new stuff is marginally thicker, but they worked in together just fine.
The big difference is the price. I forgot to take a pic of a reel of this and a reel of devere side by side – the new stuff comes in minimum 10g reels, which cost £4.25, whereas I reckon you get less than a gram on a reel of devere for £2, which makes the new stuff considerably cheaper.
I have for many years bought twisted silk from the handweaver’s studio in london (30/2 and 60/2) for sewing and embroidery, because the colours are good and it cost a fraction of “proper” embroidery threads. Once I did a needlepoint waistcoat using rowan knitting wool, which ended up costing me a quarter the price of using the recommended tapestry wool, and which is still going strong twenty years later. I’ve often advocated on the net that embroiderers should look at alternative threads, especially for historical work, because I resent being blatently scalped by embroidery suppliers – after all, did a medieval embroiderer use soi de algiers?
This stuff is called tram silk. It’s a flat silk ideal for fine embroidery (sometimes its slightly more crinkly than other flats, but once you apply thread conditioner and sew with it it flattens out again). I would love to see more people being free with their embroidery, instead of being nervous about wasting expensive materials. I sigh when I see all the work that goes into german brick stitch done in cotton when it would look so much prettier and more period done in silk, and this tram silk would work beautifully.
Oh, and you see that reel of gold twist in the middle – that’s evidence that I can actually be charming when I put my mind to it, despite what Gareth says. I rang Benton and JOhnson cos I couldn’t find what I wanted on thier crap website, and the man said he had it in his hand but I would have to order over the net because net orders take priority over the phone ones( and he didn’t want to do the paperwork) but that net orders take ten days. So I was charming, he took my card details, and it was with me the next day. I’m going to play with it this afternoon.