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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Gina's Peacock Completed

I completed this peacock last night including the addition of some Swarovski Crystals and some cut glass beads. You know, I have the embellishment bug in me!

Peacock

The entire design is worked in DMC Rayon Floss which I'll honestly admit, is a challenge to work with! But there are some tips to using it:

-Use short lengths, about 12 inches long
-Separate strands before threading needle
-Dangle your needle every few minutes to avoid twisting
-Thread Heaven does help to control it
-DO NOT wet it! Some stitchers say that if you wet it, it's easier to work with. Actually, it's more difficult to work with when it's wet as it won't budge!
-When pressing your finished pieces with rayon threads, always place your piece face down on a terrycloth towel. This helps to pad the stitches so they don't flatten out.

I really love the shiny look of rayon threads and I thought they were perfect for this project. Patience is necessary though. It took me a little longer to stitch up then it would have with cotton floss but the results are so beautiful that it was worth the extra stitching time.

I'll be making this piece into a handbag for myself. I'll post photos when I get to the finishing.

If you would like to have the pattern, you can find it here.

5 comments:

Debbie R. said...

WOW! It's stunning!

Frederique said...

Waouh, very nice, the rayon thread is so beautiful, and your work with beads is also... so great !

pat winter said...

This is a beautiful peacock Pam. Nice colors.

Gina E. said...

That is fabulous Pam - my original doiley looks quite dull in comparison!!

alexmarie said...

Hey! I absolutely love this pattern and I would love to find out where to buy. I click on the link on where to find it and it says it's unavailable :( I've been searching for forever trying to find a simple but elegant peacock cross stitch design and this is the only I could find. Can you help me out? Thank you!

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