Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

Lessons on Threads






New Lessons

Thread Lesson #4

Metallics and Metals for Needlepoint

Kreinik Braids and Ribbons

What can I possibly add about the long-established workhorse of metallic threads, except that they remain a staple of my stitching diet. I cannot remember many projects where I haven't used them. Most stitchers with any experience in thread have encountered the braids and ribbons. They are easy to use, very stable and have over the years added much to my needlework experience.


Here are a couple of tips I've discovered about them


• Common wisdom about Kreinik braid says that #8 braid fits on congress cloth, #12 braid  on 18 mesh canvas, #16 braid on 13 mesh canvas. Instead of #8, braid or along with it, try #4 braid on congress cloth.  Instead of #12 braid on 18 mesh canvas, try #8 braid. Throughout these lessons I have written about reducing the weight of the thread on canvas to achieve a more delicate look, and this is a good example. If I had to say which braid I use most often, it is #4 braid on congress cloth.


• The Kreinik ribbons are stitch-able. Be careful to lay them (straighten them) with a laying tool so that your stitches don't look sloppy and twisted. And in particular, watch and straighten the ribbon where it comes up through the hole in the canvas, also where it goes down. Do this by checking that the ribbon isn't twisted before you bring your needle up through the canvas. If you watch the entry and exit points of the ribbon carefully, you can use oversize ribbons on finer grounds.


• I have often couched Kreinik ribbon with Kreinik braid #4 in the traditional way, but in recent years I have laid the ribbon and stitched it into place with tiny fairly long-spaced running stitches. If you are careful not to pull the running stitches tight, the #4 braid will be all but invisible and the ribbon will seem to float in a graceful line. The important part of this technique is the tension: keep the #4 braid almost loose; if you pull it tight at all, you will see little indentations of running stitches.



Two Stitch-able Metal Threads

I'm not a goldworker but lately I've been playing with some gold threads that are stitch-able.

The two I like are called Gold Wire and Tambour Thread and they come from Access Commodities.


Both threads are ornamental and easy to use. surprising to me that they are stitch-able, as in thread them on a needle and come up and down through the canvas. They are both fairly hearty threads as long as I use a slightly too-large needle.



Goldwork Threads

Most goldworkers shudder at the idea of using goldwork techniques on canvas. So the techniques don't look the same as they do on fabric, so what. We needlepointers can achieve some very pretty effects by using touches of goldwork on our needlepoint. Along with the two threads I've mentioned above, I've been playing with Gold Gilt Passing Thread #5 from Access Commodities. I've couched it by working little tent stitches in a counted pattern and it looks fine to me, but as I said above I'm not a goldworker.


Over the years I confess, I've not been a fan of goldwork for a single reason: when I see goldwork I think, 'ahh goldwork' and I see the techniques before I see the design. This could be a result of people talking about goldwork so much that it is all I see, sort of like today's modern needlepointer who notices the great number of threads and stitches before she notices the design.


I prefer to see the design first and the technique second. I'm sure this is not goldwork's fault but my own shortcoming, and as I dabble with goldwork threads, I'm trying to incorporate them in small ways that don't overpower my design.


My World of Needlework


New Lessons


In 2015 I wrote a series of lessons for the beginner, intermediate and advancing needlework student.


I always intended to add to them but the year had a way of getting away from me, and here I am, a year later.


I'll do the best to add to my lessons as 2016 progresses.


If you have any topic you wish I would write about, please email me and I will see what I can do:


Click here for 2015's Lessons

For Beginning Students


Click here for 2015's Lessons

An Overview of Needlepoint


Click here for 2015's Lessons

For Intermediate Students


Click here for 2015's Lessons

For Advancing Students


Coming Soon in 2016

Lessons in Design

Well loved, well used: some of my stash of #4 Kreink braids. Kreink braid and ribbon is an absolute Must Have thread in almost anything I stitch.

Here are beautifully packaged gold thread collections from Access Commodities, all set for my Big Surprise project coming in May, 2017.

From top to bottom:

100/3, in this case for couching

Gold Tambour thread: a stitchable gold thread

Gilt Smooth Passing Thread: couch only

Gold wire: another stitchable gold thread

Accentuate: skinny and so much better than blending filament

Bijoux: the most beautiful color with a glimmer, very skinny too and very nice to use.


Echoes of Elizabeth Sampler

Probably the most Kreinik braid I've ever used on a single project:

5 spools of Kreinik braid #8

3 spools of Kreinik braid #4

2 spools of Kreinik 1/16th ribbon