Saturday, March 28, 2015

Other Than Miniature Needlework

My passion to miniature needlework brought me to another level, or, I would say, direction. I've always been interested in Goldwork. You might want to ask how do they relate to each other?

One day I tried to experiment with Goldwork embroidery in miniature and finish a miniature Or'nue design. My adventure brought me to the conclusion that I need to learn more about metal thread embroidery.

I've signed up with EGA's ( correspondence course "Metal Thread Embroidery" by Kay Stanis. I was happy to know this course was written by Kay Stanis, an internationally known Master Craftsman, Certified and Graduate Certified Teacher of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. (EGA) and Kurenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery ( I was more than thrilled to know that Kay is planning to give classes at the end of April in Spokane and I will have a chance to meet her.

I commited to start my 6 months course on the 1st of April (no Fool's day for me) and today I received my first lesson

The most exciting part about the course is that there is no Supply List. I am allowed to use whatever I want, whatever I find. I've already collected a nice stash of gold and silver metal threads, cords and trims. What you can see on the picture is just a small part of my collection.

I am planning to give a detailed report of my studying process on my another blog that is devoted to needlework in real size I use that blog as my diary learning process.

I am also looking forward to start working on beading a little Orthodox icon - St. Natalia the Miracle-Worker.

It will make a nice gift to my little daughter, Nataly.

Thank you for visiting my blog!


Isabel Ruiz Alonso said...

Siempre es divertido experimentar con otros materiales. Espero que nos enseñes el resultado.

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Natalia! I am curious as to what sets embroidery with metallic threads, apart from using silk or cotton? I am entirely illiterate about needlework but find it intriguing nonetheless.

Catherine said...

WOW! Your gold work is gorgeous! I love the design and the fact it is on something useful.

What a lovely icon. I can't wait to see it beaded. It will be a beautiful gift for your daughter. She will be thrilled to bits.

Drora's minimundo said...

Your needle work is simply gorgeous and this is going to be a heirloom for your daughter to treasure.
Hugs, Drora

Carolina Gonzalez said...

This looks so interesting, I can't wait to see how the process goes - and, the icon is beautiful!

miniaturista said...

es precioso.....cada día me gustan más este tipo de trabajos, ya nos lo enseñarás terminado, estoy deseando verlo.
Un abrazo

mcddiss said...

me parece una gran idea lo del curso de bordado , me encanta tu alijo de hilos metalicos ,y estoy deseando ver tus progresos
me gusta tambien mucho el bordado que estas ideando para tu hija



Ilona said...

Hi Ntalia! Wow, you have some gorgeous plans and great new challenges :)! Personally I've never seen metal thread embroidery in RL, but I'm sure it will be gorgeous to see this new kind of embroidery work, here on your blog. And if I look at these pictures, I think that they will be miracles in metal thread :)! I wish you good luck and much pleasure with the courses.
Have a nice weekend, dear friend.
Hugs, Ilona

BiWuBär said...

Wow, this is for sure a new level - I bet this metal thread embroidery will lead to stunning results. I really admire you but have no doubt that you will manage to get stunning results, you're a good team, your needle and you, whether with normal or metal thread. I must admit I never got warm with metal threads, had to use them for a cross-stitch picture with a Christmas tree with gold trimming once and yes, this made some heavy curses in Old Babylonic necessary... ;O) And the picture you're going to create for your daughter will become a piece to be treasured for sure.


Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you very much for your comments!

Catherine, I also like an idea to use stitched pieces in a practical way instead of hanging the on the wall. It is always my big concern - what m I going to do with a finished piece?

Birgit, it is almost like relations with cactus!

Elizabeth, it is the whole science for me too, but I like to discover new things.

Thanks to all of you for your nice comments and good wishes!


Eva said...

Espero que disfrutes mucho con el curso de bordado, parece muy interesante. El icono para tu hija es muy bonito. Un saludo, Eva


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