Sunday, 12 February 2012
Couched ball chain
I was planning on showing some pics I took today (it snowed last night so I had to get the camera and go for a walk), but the computer acted up and I haven't been able to edit all the pics yet. So instead I'm showing you this little WIP. Or, well, it's not a WIP, rather a test piece. I'm thinking about doing a brooch or pendant using ball chain couched with colourful embroidery floss (or perhaps will floss blending with the felt background).
Ball chain -- as well as rhinestone chain -- is perfect to couch because of the spaces between the balls. The downside is that you can't make sharp turns as you can with e.g. zippers, though on the other hand it's easy to make coils as you can see (the coil isn't couched, it's just rolled up).
Before I start a new project embroidering with the chain I have a few things I'm thinking about. Do I want to fill in the empty spaces with beads? Or perhaps with embroidery floss (e.g. satin stitches/laidwork), which will look more like it's painted compared to beads that add texture and shine. Applique felt/fabric? Or just keep it as it is, not adding anything but the chain and couching thread. And what to stitch on? Felt is always useful, but if keeping the open spaces unbeaded and unembroidered it's not the most exciting material. Might also be too much of a contast between the hard, shiny chain and the soft, fuzzy felt.
Anyway, I should be focusing on my challenge jewellery right now so this will have to be put aside for the time being.