Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Giving the Heron Wings

This weekend, I gave my Heron wings.

This involved both couching (my favorite) and plunging (my least favorite). By the time I put in the second set of rows, it got really hairy and I needed to give him a trim. I know some stitchers will use scotch tape to tame the tangled mess but I preferred getting a jump start on the plunging. That way there is a little less to do later.

(click on the post to see the animation below)

As I was working with the silver passing, I noticed that every once in a while there would be a bend where the silver will be "worn". This is because Becky winds her passing on cardboard bobbins. It's great for packaging but not so great on the metal threads. I prefer it when it's wound on a koma or around itself to prevent damaging the thread. Always inspect your thread before using it as you don't want to find this in the middle of your stitching and have to unpick.

Here is my heron so far. I've looked at the next steps in the instructions and I've decided to leave the rest of the passing as it is for now. You'll understand why in the next post.


  1. He's coming along very nicely indeed!

  2. Great progress! Looking at the cover picture, I have an idea about that remaining passing...but I'm looking forward to see it!

  3. I’m impressed. I finished my heron at the weekend and have just done the blocking. My wings went a bit off piste. So I’m admiring yours.

  4. Your heron is stunning! I love the silver you're using for this piece.