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Southern Grace

Southern Grace

SouthernGrace

 Designed by Meredith Barnhill

Thisbeautiful charted needlepoint design was created using Silk Mori, Silk Serica,Tapestry (#12) Braid, and Kreinik's real metal threads. When we askeddesigner/teacher/shop owner Meredith Barnhill to create a special project forour web site visitors using silk and real metal threads, we had no ideasomething this stunning was coming. The silks are perfect for the soft leaves,white the dragonfly just wouldn't look real without the metallics. However it'sthe use of real silver threads that raises this design to one of the mostbeautiful projects you will ever stitch.

Real metalthreads have been used in embroidery for centuries. Gold metal decoration wasfirst used in primitive cultures to show an association with the magical sun. Itrepresented the gods, then kings, then ecclesiastical figures.

Today realmetal threads are rare, but available in three grades. Military (gilt) gradeconsists of a heavy copper core covered with sterling silver and plated with athin layer of gold. This is the least expensive and tarnishes easily. Arabic isthe highest and most expensive grade, being a thin copper core covered with alight sleeve of pure silver and overlaid with a very heavy layer of gold.Ecclesiastical grade falls between these, and will remain bright for 10-20 yearsdepending upon pollution and the amount of handling. Kreinik's real metalthreads are ecclesiastical grade, and have been processed with an additionaltarnish-proof coating which extends the length of time the thread will remainbright.

Real metalthreads are couched to the surface of a fabric or canvas. In this design, youwill use #5 and #8 Jaceron, which is coiled to give a bead-like appearance andis used for outlining (you'll love how she's worked the Serica with the silvermetal). You will also use Frieze Brilliant for the center of the flower. Thisreal metal is crisp and angular to give a more faceted look.

MaterialsNeeded:

  • Kreinik Silk Mori® in 7124, 3045, 1105, 4206, 4204, 4203
  • Kreinik Silk Serica® in 7124, 3045
  • Kreinik Tapestry (#12) Braid™ in 085, 032
  • Kreinik Cable™ in 001P, 002P
  • #5 Jaceron in silver (real metal thread)
  • #8 Jaceron in silver (real metal thread)
  • #12 Frieze Brilliant in silver (real metal thread)
  • Kreinik silver Couching Thread
  • White Congress Cloth

Instructions:

Click hereto download the chart to complete Southern Grace.  If you have problemsdownloading this chart, receive a copy by sending a self-addressed stamped #10envelope to:  Southern Grace, P.O. Box 1258, Parkersburg, WV 26102 USA

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