For those who love hand made lace.
What gold thread is easiest to use for bobbin lace?
The contest at the IOLI convention in Sacramento calls on associations with the California Gold Rush and requires the use of at least two gold threads. Some gold threads are very difficult to work with. What are the easiest gold threads to work with or is there some other clever way of achieving goldness, such as blending filament, that would not be a nightmare of breakage and snarls?
I'm interested to hear this also.
I got some gold passing thread from Holly Van Sciver. Passing thread is gold foil wrapped silk thread so it bends and shapes more easily than plain metal wire which is solid metal. That said, these threads are very expensive and used sparingly. For Gilian Dye's Early Lace class, we can bring gold metallic thread (a synthetic thread).
I remember seeing several laces at the Art Institute of Chicago that were made in this type of thread. 17th century, I think. I can't imagine that it is easy to work with. You would have to be careful that the gilded strip wouldn't unwind as you worked.
Has anyone tried gold metallic embroidery thread like Madeira 15, or 30 or 40 for that matter? My teacher sold me some Gold Rush thread that comes in metallic. I have been using a royal but she didnt want me to have all the threads be of this so some are lizbeth cordonnet 20. It is harder to work with and pretty thick. It is difficult because it is not smooth so it grabs itself, harder to tension. Now I am switching to a part of my project that is metallic gold so I really dont want to add a non metallic. I am eyeing some Madeira 15 I have to use along with the gold rush. I mean some pairs will be the gold rush and some will be Madeira? I guess it doesnt hurt to try.