Glittering Nightcap Progress – Metal Threads and Spangles

Complete With Gold Thread

Complete With Gold Thread

Gosh. Silkwork all done, and metal thread completed too. The experiments with the bordered detached buttonhole stitch with return must have got me a bit fired up, because as well as planning some variations on the brim, I incorporated some changes in the gold metal stitching on the crown. The two roses have a cluster of French Knots at their centres, instead of Eight-Spoked Spiders Web Stitches, and I quite deliberately have not used exactly the same run of lines for each variation.

I have to say that although I commented that my visit to “In Fine Style” showed me that I had not stitched my Detached Buttonhole Stitch with Return closely enough, I would hate to have to sink a metal thread through anything more closely stitched. I was on tenterhooks lest I damage the silk, or the metal thread, or create some sort of obvious flaw in the stitching.



The next stage was to add the spangles, since I want everything on this side finished before I turn the fabric over to start on the brim. Tricia says in the instructions that in the light of the experience they had with the Plimoth Jacket, she feels that they should have used more spangles, rather than fewer, and with that in mind she was much more generous with the provision of spangles than she would otherwise have been. I divided my packet of spangles roughly into six (one for each quadrant of the crown and two for the brim), and Spangled away enthusiastically.


  1. Janice says:

    It really is a delight to see. Beautiful design and execution.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Oh yes – so delightful!

  3. Cynthia says:

    Very nice! The embroidery is beautiful and the spangles add so much. You are encouraging me to get out my Floral Glove and get to work!

  4. Carol says:

    Now I wish I had done this project, too! It is really gorgeous and those spangles definitely make a huge difference.

  5. Megan Hodges/Elmsley Rose says:

    Oh, wow! Just beautiful!

  6. coral-seas says:

    I also wish that I had done this class every time I see your progress. It looks amazing!

  7. Carolyn says:

    Lovely. Those spangles make alll the difference. Congratulations

  8. It looks amazing! Now I want to use spangles – I just don’t know what I could add them to!

  9. Jan says:

    It’s wonderful to see the progress you’ve made on this piece! Everything looks just splendid!! Looking forward to seeing the brim too.

  10. Ann says:

    Absolutely wonderful! This is making me itch to dig my unfinished nightcap out and finish it–I need to do the spangles and the lower band.

  11. Penny says:

    How wonderful this is! I just wish I could see it in person *smile*.

  12. Terrie says:

    Very pretty and detailed spangles.

  13. It’s looking really great 🙂 I love the spangles & the gold thread.

  14. Alex says:

    Stunning – those spangles really bring the elements of the design together and I really admire how evenly you’ve managed to scatter them.

  15. karen says:

    since I read this post I have fallen in love……with the word SPANGLES!!!

  16. Hannah says:

    It’s lovely!