This post serves to replace a missing post made September 7th, 2015
In the red box, I flubbed up and used a center pin in the windmill. Elsewhere, I’ve started using support pins around the join as I wanted to experiment with.
Getting proper tension at the junction points is much more difficult without the center pin to twist against. The gold thread also does not compress as much as the cotton, linen or silk threads, so the scale of the pattern (my previous metric to eyeball the scale was three threads side-by-side would be roughly what a four strand braid would compress to. I’ll have to keep that in mind for my next gold piece. The end result is something that looks sloppier than my other pieces. It’s a little discouraging – to see progression from a loose cotton, down to tighter linen, and tighter again silk and then lose it moving to the gold. I have a lot of learning to do.
I am also afraid to pull on these threads as much as I have been with the others. I’ve seen a couple spots when I have tensioned too much and can see the yellow silk core underneath the wrapped foil. It is thicker thread but much more delicate to work with. And at $30 US a spool, I’m not pushing it. As you can see from the photo above, what a difference *actual* metal content makes! The curve was amazing.
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.