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03 March 2010 @ 01:28 pm
First Coil  

As I ponder further which thread to use on my coif, last night I finished up the first vine coil of Plaited Braid Stitch. It took 4.38M of the #4 Gold Passing thread, and took 3.5 hours of time (including the rose center and the rosebud stem.)

Thistle Thread Blog instructions for Plaited Braid Stitch start here, but previous posts have good info too.
You Tube video on the Plaited Braid Stitch
Calico Crossroads Plaited Braid Stitch Tutorial for $6- worth it if the others leave you scratching your head.
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Morwennamermaidlady on March 3rd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Looking good!
francesca_lafrancesca_la on March 3rd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. It's gorgeous. I love the critters and the gold just makes it pop. Humbled.
Iseulte of the Red Cliffsisenglass on March 3rd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Shiny! I lurves it.
lanamarielanamarie_ren on March 3rd, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for recommending the Calico Crossroads instructions back at University in June. I agree that they are very helpful.
pinkleader: butterflypinkleader on March 3rd, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, glad you like them. I think the video and Tricia's step by step instructions came after the Calico Crossroads instructions parsed the stitch so well.

For what it is worth, I found that 50cm of the gold passing thread would work up ~2.5cm of the Plaited Braid stitch and has been taking me between 20-30 minutes per section. It's a tad addictive, just one more section...

How's your coif coming?
lanamarielanamarie_ren on March 4th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Slowly...I have been swamped with work, so I've been spending my evenings and lunches working instead of sewing. I really want to start the plaited braid on it, but have a feeling it will be hard to put down. Because of the amount of thread and $, I am going to use B&J #371 but I have some of the passing thread from Access Commodities to try on a smaller project.
pinkleader: butterflypinkleader on March 4th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
The B&J #371 wyre does a good approximation, and definitely better to practice with than the real thing. It is what I used for the panel for my Mother-in-Law pictured in my butterfly icon. Bonus for the SCA is that it won't tarnish. :)
Sandy Toscanoeleanors_closet on March 3rd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! The photo really captures the gleam of the gold.
elmsley_roseelmsley_rose on March 4th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Looking beautiful! And very insect-y. :-)
pinkleader: butterflypinkleader on March 4th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I used the "Alan" nightcap pattern from attack_laurel's patterns available through Reconstructing History. When my Alan saw the pattern and noticed all the insects he commented "Isobel thinks I'm buggy?" To which I had to respond that she was obviously associating him with our backyard pond and the fauna that come with it, including bugs, snails and froggie. I swapped out some elements (the intended rose style for the one I used, etc.), but kept the bugs.
elmsley_roseelmsley_rose on March 4th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
You have a *real* froggie as well as an embroidered one? Cool!
pinkleaderpinkleader on March 5th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
We have frogs in the pond in the Spring/Summer, if not a specific "Froggie." Some Leopard Frogs and the occasional Bullfrog too, and lots of bugs to eat.

elmsley_roseelmsley_rose on March 5th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Way Cool!