Short version – not sure.
Longer version – umm
Not even sure I got that the right way round.
Test piece – not complete but enough done to show – The shadows are polyester and cotton threads. There is a depth and richness to The canopy I under sewed in yellow to lift the finer thread but this area and grass are mostly 40wt rayons over silk fabrics. . Do you notice the difference? Annoyed at the grass – but will show on a close up.
Spot the bright green to the left of the tree trunk? That colour is all the way through the grass area. In the horizontal it just does not show! This could a major pain – I rely on directional stitching to give definition and form. These horizontal rows I did with the normal machine settings – and it did not like it. The top tension ended up looser than when I drop the feed dogs, actually had to re-tighten for scribbling in the grass at the base of the trunk. You can see tiny pinpricks of dark across all the grass, that is the bobbinfil pulled up from below. Nice visual texture – would have preferred to plan it.
The canopy to the shadow is a better contrast, although the shiniest bits are the fibres from the silk scraps underneath! Does work well against the 30wt variegated cotton used on the trunk.
General conclusion – not life changing but nice enough. Will I buy more? As a treat, and use as a top dressing over other threads/textures. Still haven’t forgiven them for the incredible vanishing colour trick. “Why don’t you just turn it round?” said an ex-friend – if my lawn was vertical there would be even less chance of me mowing it!
Life beyond The Lustre Saga has continued – These are happy few about to be launched upon the unsuspecting world next week in Knaresborough. All just about this year’s vintage- the dancing trees is a revision with violence , but I see a shift towards colour and now pattern is happening. Not exactly subtle. I blame purple.
Also check out the website if you fancy owning a piece of this insanity – I have just put a load ( 5 or 6!) of samples and small test bits on the sales page.