1. Pearl Cotton, DMC – No. 12 2. Tapestry Cotton, DMC – No. 4
3. Pearl Cotton, Cosmo – No. 5 4. Stranded Cotton – 6 strands
5. Tapestry Wool, DMC – No. 6. Perle Cotton, DMC – No. 3
7. Chiffon – I cut off the rolled hem for the first 2 rows, and a narrow band of fabric for the last 2 rows.
8. Metallic machine embroidery thread, Madeira – No. 40 – double thread. It has a slight silver glint in with the black.
9. Narrow ribbon- I spaced the stitches out a little, as it was difficult to pass through the same hole twice.
10. Black tulle – I spaced 2 of the rows out a little for a different effect.
The most obvious differences with these thread types was the coverage. Finer threads show more of the background canvas. I like this effect as reminds me of Spanish Blackwork. The texture is also affected by the smoothness of the fibre or fabric used. The ribbons quite lustrous, while the tapestry cotton is very ‘flat’. The less obvious effects are that somegive a matte look, while others are more shiny.
I enjoyed experimenting with the fabrics such as chiffon and tulle, although it took a few goes to find the right width of tulle to use and which size tapestry needle. At first, the tulle kept breaking as I stitched with it.