I have stitched my first stitches on my Blackwork Thread Sampler! Feels good! Of course, I’ve already had my first snag.
I was going to use the Trebizond for the cover because it’s so shiny and pretty. But I didn’t like working with the silk. Let me be more specific. I did not like working with stranded Trebizond. I will do some more research to find out if there is a way to handle stranding the twisted silk so it will handle more neatly in the stitching.
Instead I decided to use an old faithful—Mori stranded silk from Kreinik. I have used this before and enjoyed it. It is soft, but strong. It does not fuzz up while you’re stitching, nor does it break as some threads do. It is a matte finish, but I can live with that.
So, what exactly am I stitching? Let me back up a step or two.
I mentioned before there are some factors to consider before laying thread to fabric. And these are the factors:
- The threads should be identified clearly in the sample or there should be a legend that will never be separated from the sampler.
- The threads should be used as fully as they would in any worked piece. In other words, if the thread is a stranded one, then strand usage should be incorporated to the piece.
- The sampler should answer any question a person might have about the thread as used in any type of work.
- The threads sampler should show very clearly the differences between the various thread samples.
I also said that I wanted this work to be like the Encyclopedia Britannica of blackwork thread usage. For those who don’t know what the Britannica was, it was a reference book, the oldest English language encyclopedia in fact.
So, I’m making a book! A fabric book!
It took me a while to find information about how to construct a fabric book. I had a basic Idea, but I really am not interested in trial and error when it comes to finishing. I want a fail-safe method that will make me proud to show my work to others. I found a very nice answer at Shade Tree Art. My model will be my take on Shade Tree’s model.
- My cover will be the title stitched in black silk on linen. This piece will be bordered with the “cover fabric.”
- Each page of the book will be devoted to one thread.
- There will be a Table of Contents identifying the order of the threads sampled.
- I will leave several end pages to accommodate threads that will come to market in the future.
- I’m not sure if I want each page to be the linen with the thread sample or a muslin page that I appliqué the stitch sample onto.
- If I do attach the sample to a foundation page, I will embroider the page number and identifier info onto the foundation fabric to show how the thread handles on a different ground.
Boy, this is a lot of work to do just to stitch a sampler! But I’m loving every minute of it, truly a labor of love energized by passion!
What do you think about item 5? Should the stitched sample be applied to a foundation page or be the actual page itself? Tomorrow I’ll show you where things are at with the cover. And for now I’m going to go stitch on it some more. Feedback, people, feedback!