Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a Rooster worked in the Goldwork technique.

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1: Painted on Design

4: Japan Thread

5: Head

8: Pearl Purl Outlines

9: Finished Embroidery

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  1. The design is painted onto cotton velveteen fabric.

  2. The design is padded with felt. Some areas are padded with 2 layers of felt, and the remainder with one layer.

  3. Crochet cotton is sewn down on the feathers for padding.

2: Padding

3: Or Nue Petals

  1. The body of the Rooster is worked over with Japan Thread.

  2. The head of the Rooster is worked over with a single strand of passing thread couched down with red Au Ver a Soie silk thread.

  3. The feathers across the back of the bird are worked in No. 7 Bright Check Purl couching the purl chips over the crochet cotton padding like sewing down flexible beads.

  4. The tail feathers are worked in No. 7 Smooth Purl couching the purl chips over the crochet cotton padding like sewing down flexible beads.

6: Feathers on the Back

7: Tail Feathers

  1. The head, beak, body and feet are outlined in super pearl purl or very fine pearl purl.

  2. Flowers are worked around the feet of the bird in a spangle and bead at the center. Five No. 7 Rough Purl petals are worked around the spangle. A spangle is sewn down for the eye.


Height: 5 1/4 inches (13 1/ 4 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)


Tracing the design, prick and pounce method of transfer, and placing the fabric into the stretcher bar frame: 1 hour


48 hours


Dark Green Cotton Velveteen Fabric and Yellow Felt


Burnished Gold No. 7 Japan Thread, No. 5 Smooth Passing, Gild, Copper and Silver No. 7 Bright Check Purl, Gilt and Copper No. 7 Smooth Purl, Gilt No. 7 Rough Purl, Super Pearl Purl, Very Fine Pearl Purl, Spangles, Red Seed Beads, 2 Shades of Red Au Ver A Soie Silk Threads, Yellow Polyester Sewing Thread.

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