The gold thread is DMC Metallic Thread, Light Gold. I have found it is best to use fairly short threads to keep it from getting kinked, separated, and otherwise pretty miserable. The needle I used is a #28 gold tapestry needle. This is the first time I have used a gold needle, and it's pretty darn nice! I'll have to get more if I ever do any more cross stitch, which I know I will as I have a few projects lined up. In the picture above you can see how the gold thread is a bit lumpy and skewed in a couple of sections on the right, so I ended up taking it out and redoing it. I've found that if something like that bothers me, I had better rework it, as it will most definitely not get any better looking over time.
After the chain stitched heart was completely interlaced with gold, I figured I had better get rid of the blue washout pen, so after outlining the seam line with machine sewing thread, I rinsed the piece in water, patted it with a towel to get the moisture out, and let it dry for a few hours. Luckily, the weather has been so dry here with relative humidity in the 20-30% range, that the fabric dried fairly quickly.
If you look very closely on the right hand side of the bias heart you will notice that is where I joined the beginning and end of the rose silk. To disguise this I added a stem stitch stem to artfully drape over the seam. There will be a big bullion rose in the center of the heart, with buds at the ends of the stems and leaves interspersed here and there.
I am still thinking about what to put between the chain stitched heart and the seam line. Definitely some beads, but not sure what else. This is a project that I am designing from scratch, and it is very painful for me. I am a follower of patterns and a buyer of kits. Designing does not come easy, but I am forcing myself to try.
I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day with their special Valentine. We certainly did.
Now for a Severe Weather Warning in Southern California:
PATCHY LIGHT RAIN IS EXPECTED TODAY AND THE LIGHT RAIN WILL EXPAND TONIGHT.
Isn't that great?