Well the first steps on phase 9 have been taken. I've put in some foundation in advance of my next class which will save me at least two days stitching it all seems a little less intimidating now and I'm looking forward to getting on with the more complicated sections.
Broom foundation, this will eventually be overstitched with gold thread. The tissue paper has been tacked over the foundation to protect it while working other sections.
One of my favourite effects is when metallic threads are combined with silk which can be done with either flat or twisted silk. The photo below is from my phase 2 piece, Fan Papers, where the gold thread is combined with flat orange silk and then over stitched with a sayagata pattern in gold.
This is a section of phase 3, Venerable Friends, where the gold thread is combined with a twisted gold silk, a much more subtle effect.
I've not used this effect since phase 3 and have enjoyed working this section. In Treasure Ship the gold thread is combined with a twisted thread of black silk. It doesn't show up very well in the photo but it is a lovely effect.
If you can make it to Liverpool on 19th July the Japan Society North West is holding their Japan Day 2008 where we will be exhibiting, I'll have Treasure Ship with me so come along and see how I'm doing. I'll post more about Japan Day as I get the information or visit their website for more information.