Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blending Filament and Talavera

Sometimes it takes so little to make me happy - and this time it was a package in the mail, full of the Kreinik blending filament I had ordered last week. - Exciting!!

I haven't used BF in a while, so had forgotten how gorgeous the Kreinik is, as it has not only an enormous number of colors, but also (like the Sundance beads I prefer), several different "finishes" or types within one color - such as the Vintage, high luster, cord, etc. It also gives me the best performance of any of them.

Originally, I had chosen the colors especially for a planned project involving coral reefs and sea fans - but meanwhile had taken a day or two off from the regular painting, to design some new pieces - little Talavera crosses that are tree ornament size.

I didn't design Christmas ornaments for many years, as back in the 70's and early to mid 80's, there was nothing that sparkled to enhance them, and I didn't like anything drab and lifeless on the tree. These crosses don't require a lot of sparkle and shine either - but certainly need something, and the colors of BF I have are great for them!! A happy accident, indeed.

My thought with these is that crosses on a Christmas tree need to be joyful and colorful, in keeping with the gaiety of the season, and these certainly are - and will be great worked in cotton floss with Kreinik braid on the outlines and some blending filament in the flat areas of pattern.I've heard a few rumbles lately about problems with the filament breaking, fraying, etc., but I have never experienced this.

I do have a way of using it that might be a little different, involving the way the needle is threaded. I do believe that threads should be used according to their limitations, and as this is a tiny filament, that must be considered.

I've also heard complaints about it's slipping into the plies of the thread and not showing up with every stitch - but this is what it's supposed to do, and is what I like about it! I don't want sparkle on every stitch, as it's absolutely subtle this way. I use it when I don't want a fiber that is total sparkle and glitz on every stitch. We need a bit of variety!

Anyway, I plan a stitching tutorial with cotton floss and Kreinik blending filament and it's wonderful possibilities over on Freebies Etc. soon, so stay tuned!!


Jan said...

I was just complaining about blending filament last week! So I'm really looking forward to this. You never fail to teach me something new. What would we do without you?

Cool City Stitcher said...

The timing couldn't be better, because I'm just finishing a knitting project, and want to start stitching Christmas ornaments. Thanks!

LIZ said...

Your tutorial will be wonderful. I hate blending filament, but use it occasionally anyway. I'll bet your method will help!
The crosses are very pretty and look like fun to stitch.

Cyn said...

Hi Judy,

I actually enjoy using blending filament as it does add a bit of sparkle without screaming out "SPARKLE". LOL!

I also think that many needle pointers tend to think of the blending filament as a cross stitch thread.

I've used it on many canvases and have been happy with the results. :-)

Windy Meadow