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Those Glitzy Metals: An Overview of Metal Threads for Canvas

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A bit of metal glitz can do so much to enhance a needlepoint project. Unfortunately, those same metals, if not used correctly, can make the piece look tacky and overdone. This class helps you learn how to use those wonderful metal threads so that they do the most to make your piece look its very best. This is an important class for stitchers who wish to expand their embroidery skills.

We’ll create a notebook of technique samples, learning what each thread is and how to stitch with it. The class will consider both metal and metallics. Some techniques to be stitched are: three methods of attaching twisted cords, crinkle, metal and synthetic plate, how to wind Japanese thread on koma, how to use them, and stitching with the thread, three methods of attaching each tubular and flat braids, plus traditional and unconventional couching of four types of bullions. In addition to threads and materials for stitched samples, students will receive a 3-ring notebook, plastic page protectors, mounting pages with pre-printed notes, extensive written material on history, stitch suggestions and diagrams, a glossary of terms, photocopies, and work-in-progress photos.

Level: Intermediate
Class Length: Two Days
Ground Fabric: Congress cloth with design drawn
Finished Size: Notebook samples on 10" x 14" canvas
Color Choice: No
Student Provides: Stretcher bar frame 10" x 14", usual supplies, laying tool, cover cloth
Pre-Class Work: No

Glitzy Metals


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