|soft string padding complete ready for the gold cut work|
|gold cut work - gilt smooth purl; gilt bright check purl, at an angle|
worked with a No.10 crewel embroidery needle
|gold cut work from the top!|
So, here you can see how I do the cut work. I don't start right at the end, but a little way in, or the centre to get a good angle on the cut work. These gold or gilt purls are spirals of wire, which bend, and enable the needle and thread to pass through the middle. I can work this technique quite quickly now with the years of experience I have behind me, although it can be a tricky technique, because these purl threads can fracture and damage easily.
The actual size of this silk and gold cross is about 1½ inches wide, so the images are quite magnified!