Progress on the Faience Necklace

Flat Silk At The Ready
Flat Silk At The Ready

I love flat silk. The colours fairly glow, and it gives you endless options for creating threads of different thicknesses and twist levels. I’m hoping to use at least some of those possibilities in this project, to represent the gloss effect of the brightly coloured faience broad collars that inspired it.

I’m sure I’m missing some of the possibilities, but the mere fact that I’m excited and intrigued by what I’ve already thought of tells me that my holiday with the Three Wise Hounds was the right thing to have been doing.

Padding Done
Padding Done

The first thing I have to do is to pad all the elements. I’ve padded them using stranded cotton, which has a bit more body than the silk. I don’t have quite the right colours, but trust me, that’s not going to matter, as the padding won’t be seen.

There are at least two layers of padding almost everywhere (only one for the lilac tips of the backmost petals of the open lotus flower), and most of them have four. The padding stitches of each layer are at an angle relative to the previous layer, which stops them sinking into one another.

Needle Keeper
Needle Keeper

The basis of each element is going to be satin stitch in flat silk. The flat silk spreads beautifully over the cotton padding, so that at least will be pleasing to see.

I’ve set my frame up properly this time, with the fabric you will see supported by calico, and the combination is strong and taut enough to bear the weight of my little magnetic needle keeper. It’s the first time I’ve been able to use one, and it’s turning out very useful indeed. I’ve had it for a couple of years, and now I am wondering what took me so long.


  1. I love flat silk, too, and look forward to seeing your Satin Stitch work.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    I’m loving the colours!

  3. Sue Jones says:

    Silk spools are so gorgeous – like calorie-free sweeties! You will have such fun stitching with these glorious colours. Wise not to pad with silk – aside from wasting all that gloriousness, it’s not called “flat” for nothing!
    I have never used a magnetic needle holder. I do not like pins and needles becoming magnetized and sticking together – it’s one of my many little quirks. People have given me some very pretty magnetic needle-rests, over the years, and I have always passed them on to other people. I usually just keep my working needles at the top right of the hoop or frame (I’m left handed) so I know where they are. Or in my faithful pincushion, if that is easier.

  4. Lin Tarrant says:

    Gorgeous colours and those needle keepers are brilliant! xx

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    Love the colours and a great idea with the needle keeper.

  6. Terrie says:

    Pretty color nice padded texture.

  7. Jenny Mullen says:

    Beautiful colors and the needle keeper would also be handy for dropped needles!