I just bought a pattern (I think it's quite an old one, just from the layout, and some of the outdated stitching advice it gives such as "work rows of stitches of one colour at a time, always from left to right and downwards...") and, among other things, it wants me to buy some au ver a soie threads- Pearl(MA36), Yellow(MA46) and Antique (899). I'd never heard of au ver a soie and I can't find these threads ANYWHERE! Even on their own site they only speak of silk threads (soie de paris, soie d'algiers...). Has anybody come across these threads before and know where I could get them?
But I would think you being in Europe, you could get them easier than we can - they are from France. If you don't want to go through the trouble of ordering form here, you might e-mail Lydia at Wyndham, and see if she can give you a source.
In the meantime, I'll keep an eye in my Yahoo groups for anybody who might link a source. And Au ver a Soie's are very nice to work with.
thanks rifestitch, I've found some conversion advice from au ver a soie to kreinik so I may have to go with that if I can't find any here. I did find one of them on a web site but you could only buy it in 50m reels!! no thanks!
I've finally found a supplier for the au ver a soie threads: they have all the colours, metallics, cords, braids etc. and sell them in 1, 2, 4 and 8 strand reels of 10m to 100m. Perfect! Here's the link if anyone else comes across the need for them:
Well, my AVaS threads have finally arrived and they sure look tricky! I suppose that one should pretty much proceed as per Kreinik, would that be right Rifestitch? They don't seem to have the clear strip though...
I think some Thread Heaven may be called for here!
The other crazy thing about this pattern is that it doesn't tell me how many strands of the AVaS it wants me to use when topstitching with just that. Anybody want to have a stab in the dark? It's to do a spider's web in a thread equivalent to a Kreinik cord.
Last question: the crazy pattern also wants me to mix one of the blending filaments with two other strands of thread! What do you reckon: stitch the colours first then go back over it with blending filament?
HMMM... the directions do seem to be a bit dated. If the AVaS metallics are like Kreinik BF, minus the clear strip (which I always remove), then I guess treat them the same, and if you need to put the regular floss in then come back over with the metallic, do that. I bet you'll just have to do some trial-and-error to see what works for you and what gives you the desired look. You might want to do a test on the edge of your fabric, so if you do have to frog stitches because you don't like the look, you won't harm any of the non-metallic bits.
Do you have an online photo site? I'd like to see your progress on this!
No, I don't have an online photo site and can't really be bothered setting one up (I'm not the kind of vigilant person who is capable of regularly updating things). It's a pity we can't upload images into our posts, but maybe it's something that Meredith will look into one day.
In the meantime I'll just have to be very descriptive and you'll just have to be very imaginative! It'll be a challenge for us!