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A Bokhara Couched Leaf and a Gold Leaf

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13 March 2009

A Bokhara Couched Leaf and a Gold Leaf

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You can just see my mid-line in my Bokhara couched leaf  where the couching stitches are placed.
There’s a great article on Bokhara, Roman and Romanian couching at http://www.heritageshoppe.com/heritage/stitches/roman.html
and more information and an instructional video at http://www.needlenthread.com/2008/01/bokhara-couching-embroidery-video.html
It’s very easy and quick to do – you just need to stay straight.
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“A leaf is worked in passing thread. Two strands of smooth passing thread is couched down in a sewing thread of the same colour over felt and string. The passing leaf is outlined with Pearl Purl.”
http://www.berlinembroidery.com/couchedthreads.htm#pearlpurl
I’ve done a tear drop shaped leaf (on the right bottom side of the photo). It has pearl purl  yet to be added as a vein and an outline.
I didn’t use string to create those ‘V” shapes shown in Tanya B’s image – the leaf is pretty small and will have enough going on with it’s texture just with the laid work and the Pearl Purl.
Yes, I used Lurex once more, as I don’t have any Passing Thread (I ordered some yesterday, but it’ll take awhile to get from Canada to Australia)
I felt I couldn’t possibly add any more colour to this section – so the solution was to go with gold. No more green – those are peapods to the right there – they’ll be green!
I was talking to Jeanne W of Just String about semi-detached work – thanks for your help, Jeanne!

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2 Comments:

Blogger JoWynn Johns said...

You are making such great progress. It's a great pleasure to watch this work in progress. Makes me wish I weren't stuck on practice cloths!

Saturday, March 14, 2009  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Good luck with the semi-detached work! By the way, I somehow missed any discussion of the or nue flower - it looks great! I love the way this piece is growing.

Saturday, March 14, 2009  

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