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To embellish or not to embellish… | Tien Chiu's Blog
...that is the question, isn't it? I've spent most of the last few days working up some embellishment samples. Here's a photo of what I've done so far (click for the larger photo): samples of embellishments on stenciled-warp pattern And here's a closeup: closeup of embellishment samples The embroidery is feather stitch using three threads. The bottom one is a sheer knitted tube (orange) with a gold cord running through it. The middle one is a silk embroidery floss, and the top one is a metallic blending filament. The beading is mostly experiments with size 14 seed beads - varying the color along the length of the "feathers" in the wing. I also experimented with density a bit in the top sample - denser beads near the front edge of the wing, becoming gradually more spaced as they flutter out to the ends of the feathers. The photo unfortunately really doesn't do the sample justice. The embellishments are much nicer than they appear in the photo. I've been showing them to people to