Peacock feather: or nué

As part of illustrating the articles elsewhere on the site, I’m now working on a piece of or nué for the article Goldwork – couching with colour and or nué (I’ve done the ‘couching with colour‘ part already).

‘Or nué’ means ‘shaded gold’, and is a form of goldwork embroidery where the entire design is covered with thread.  The gold thread (or other metal thread – it doesn’t have to be gold) is couched with coloured threads very closely to form the design.  If you haven’t come across it before, hopefully all will become clear as I go along.

Here’s the design I’ll be working on, drawn onto some pale green linen with fine Sharpies:

 

Peacock feather design, ready to be embroidered

Peacock feather design, ready to be embroidered

Some of the lines are a bit wobbly, but that doesn’t matter too much as they’ll be completely covered by stitching.

All the background, inside the box, will be a pale green, same as the linen; I’m using Madeira stranded cotton no. 1401.  I’ve made a start on the stitching but haven’t got too far as yet:

Or nué goldwork embroidery

Or nué goldwork embroidery

There’s a very long way to go yet!  Next time, I should at least have got as far as making a start on the feather itself.

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