This is the warp that I’m currently working on. I’ve spliced in a piece of polyester satin ribbon on the loom, so that I can take off these pieces for finishing.
This is Gutermann silk sewing thread. It’s a very tightly twisted 3/100. It’s great for rendering this kind of small detail work. The long piece of strapwork on the right is going to be a neck-band for a name badge; it’s 28″ long in that one pattern. The other two pieces (and the remainder of the warp, about another 2 yards) will be bookmarks.
Closeup of the strapworks. The one in the middle is Celtic-style interlace; the other two are based on Renaissance trim patterns. The Renaissance trims are easy to do, since they follow a simple geometric repeat; the Celtic ones, I have to follow the chart line by line.
Closeup of the brocade designs. The brocading on these pieces is silk embroidery floss; the peacock feather is Kreinik Soie Platte, and the dragon is Zwicky multi-strand floss pulled down to a single strand. For some reason, the digital camera HATES the orange – it makes it look blurry, no matter how finely focused it may actually be.