With the background spirals completed, I can start to overlay other design elements, starting with rays of light.
These are straight lines radiating outwards from the centre of the spiral circle. They’re worked in imitation Japanese gold no 8 from Golden Threads, couched with Gutermann Sulky machine embroidery thread no. 8007.
As before, I transferred the design to the front using small running stitches, which this time show up in the photo (just):
I’m couching over these lines with four lengths of the gold thread, in two lots of two. Here are the first batch:
And some more:
All work so far: