A Dilemma



Now, you may recall from when I began the first one that there are to be two Crests, one for each panel, balancing each other. Furthermore, since there will be a gauze overlay, everything has to have the visual strength to show through it.

I don’t think that this silver thread has enough force or shine. Even with a fairly strong background using my Cloud Filling variation, to throw it into relief, it will simply disappear.



So I have been experimenting. The edge of the shield, the top of the scroll, and the bottom of the scroll, all use different threads.

All of them are equally insipid in comparison with the gold. I’m afraid that if I use any of these threads for the panel, I will end up with an unbalanced overall appearance with one corner panel seeming very faded in comparison with the other.

I  hope to find a more suitable thread at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show this week. Or alternatively – more of the gold so I can do a second gold one!


  1. Lady Fi says:

    That gold thread is just lovely!

  2. coral-seas says:

    Enjoy the K&S. I hope you find just the thread you are looking for.

  3. Sue Jones says:

    Gunmetal coloured thread?
    Dark-blue dyed fabric with light blue cloud stitching, to give the silver more contrast?
    I hope you fine the ideal thing at Harrogate, in any case you will have fun looking for it!

  4. Penny says:

    I just love it when I have a really good reason to a show! Hope you find what you need, as I’m sure you will, and have fun along the way. A person could get into trouble at a show like that.

  5. The silver actually looks stunning in itself and coordinates well with the blue fabric – better than the gold does! The problem is contrast, isn’t it, and especially in comparison to the starker contrast between the gold and blue. I daresay a darker shade, such as pewter, might work. Or there’s copper.

    What type of thread is it? I was looking this morning at what Kreinik does in the way of Japan 5 & 7 these days.Maybe one of those could work?

    When will you be at the Show? I was planning for Friday, but I am, of course, ill in bed again and will be lucky to get there at all. Perhaps I’ll be able to make it on Saturday.

  6. deanna7trees says:

    i do love the silver. solving problems is part of the process which i love. how lucky you are to be able to go to that show.

  7. I think I would go with the gold thread. Enjoy the show!

  8. Janice says:

    Enjoy Harrogate – and good luck!

  9. elaine says:

    The gold is pretty, I also like some of the copper threads available. Have fun at the show 🙂

  10. Jules says:

    The gold is certainly the better contrast. Have a great time at the show. I still hope to make it eventually!

  11. Carolyn says:

    I think the gold is more dramatic. It will all depend on what sits on either side of this panel. It is looking good.

  12. Sandy says:

    Or maybe a “checked” silver? (Is there a “checked” thread, like checked purl?) That would give you more reflections, to show from behind the veil. The silver does kind of blend with the blue. It may depend on how all the vignette panels are arranged.