Below is the Work in Progess pictures of a Or Nue Peacock Feather worked in the Goldwork technique.

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1: Tack or Paint on Design

4: Feather Barbules (Side Strands)

5: Feather Shaft

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  1. The design is painted or tacked onto the velveteen ground fabric.

  2. The head of the feather is padded with a layer of yellow felt and then Very Fine Rococco is couched over the top using Kreinik Metallic threads and Au Ver a Soie silk thread.

  3. The ends of the Very Fine Rococco are taken to the back of the back of the work.

2: Padding

3: Head of the Peacock Feather

  1. The feather barbules (side strands) are worked by couching down a single strand of blue or green Passing Thread down the center and couching down a single strand of Very Fine Rococco on each side of the Passing Thread.

  2. The feather shaft is worked by couching down two strands of red Passing Thread down the center and couching down a single strand of Very Fine Rococco on either side of the Passing Thread.

  3. The peacock feather eye is worked in blue passing thread over blue felt.

  4. Around the peacock feather eye chips (beads) of Turquoise Dull Check Purl are couched down.

6: Peacock Feather Eye

7: Finished Embroidery


Height: 3 ¾ inches (9 ¼ cm)     Width: 4 ½ inches (11 ¼ cm)


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


35 hours


Dark Blue Velveteen Fabric and Muslin Backing Fabric and Yellow Felt


Gold Very Fine Rococco, Red, Blue and Green Passing Thread, Turquoise Dull Check Purl, Red and Blue Au Ver a Soie Silk Threads, Gold, Turquoise and Green Kreinik #4 Metallic Braids, Gold Cord.

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