This post serves to replace an original entry made August 15th, 2015
All that glitters is not gold.
Gillian Dye’s Gold & Silver Edgings: Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century Lace, Book 1 offered suggestions on how to hold metal threads to the bobbins, as the hitch used to normally hold thread to a bobbin would cause the foil to split from the core. One of the suggestions was to use little butterfly hair clips holding the thread against the bobbin neck.
I bought a couple dozen from the dollar store and went about winding my bobbins.
The gold foil DMC Pearl thread was slippery and felt horrible to the touch. I initially tried to split the four ply threads down into individual threads to use, but they were too weak on their own to hold the weight of the bobbins. So each ‘thread’ that is plaited is a very obvious four ply twist. In the other plied threads, the twist seemed to melt into the thread.
This thread has no real metal content and won’t hold stitches well against the pins. I was very frustrated with the way this piece worked up. The plastic foil would easily untwist from the yellow fiber underneath.
I promised myself that I would only complete one pattern repeat and then cut the threads.
I knew this wasn’t going to a viable material to work with going forward, so I immediately ordered a No. 4 gilt passing thread, silk core, from Hedgehog Handworks (http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com/).
Welcome to the SCA blog of Lady Jane Caldwell. Lady Jane plays in 1534 and is interested in early period lace. Lady Jane hails from the Barony of Skraeling Althing in Ealdormere. Lady Jane is also a clothes whore who will wear clothing from multiple periods to either feel pretty or feel comfortable.