I decided to try out some of the thread that I got from Needle in a Haystack.
I needed some gold thread for a star. This thread is made in Japan and isn't readily available here except from Needle in a Haystack.
I found that the thread is three ply and has a mind of its own.
I had my choice of a lighter gold or a darker one. I chose the darker one. I was working on 36 count Edinburg. I used all three plies and it went fine. Two plies probably would have worked fine also. The thread wears and breaks so it is best to use a shorter length of it. The eye of the needle is where is usually breaks. It looks to have a white core.
This design calls for some silver thread so I'll see if it acts the same way. I expect it will.
These are the flowers I got at the Farmer's Market yesterday. You can get a nice bouquet for not much money. Usually they have bouquets of lilies which don't smell all that great on the kitchen table. I liked the variety in this bouquet.
I went looking for my Just Nan Motifs chart and found it. I like the flowers as a band for the back of Along the River James.
I was also looking for some tiny fish to put in the river. I happened on a chart that I think will do fine.
I am distracted by a Christmas design at the moment though.