Sumptuous Surface Embroidery of course means using a lot of the highly textured stitches, such as Needlewoven Picots, Buttonhole Wheel Cups and so. One stitch that is most appropriate, but tricky to work, is the Drizzle stitch.
May I share my way of managing this stitch?
The best needle to use is a Sharp or Milliner's needle. The even thickness of the shaft makes it easy to pull the thread though the loops. However, the needle has to be re-threaded each time, and here comes a problem - the thread frays easily, making it hard to re-thread. So here is a tip:
- a Milliner's needle
- thread (Perle #5)
- a hard pin cushion, a cork or a piece of piece of polystyren
Dip the end of the thread in bond and twist between thumb and index finger to make a sharp point. Let dry, (it only takes a minute).
Take the thread up from the back of the embroidery. Pull out the thread from the needle.
Place the pincushion (or other support) underneath the embroidery. Stick the needle straight up.
Cast on the loops. It is easy with the needle standing straight up supported by the pincushion.
When you have loaded enough loops on the needle, re-thread with the stiff bond-coated end of the thread. Easy peasy! Pull through.