Gold Cranes: Couching in Circles


So, my next project (as announced in the last post) was this pair of cranes. They’re couched metallic thread. You start at the outside with a pair of threads (not true gold in this case) attached to spools and couch them together in concentric rings until you get to the center.


I really sweated the tail feathers on the first crane – sharp turns are hard to get right. And fitting in some tiny circles inside the head was fiddly work.


The next step was legs! They’re single-thread couching for skinny crane legs.


Next week: The puddle and crane number 2. I finished it! And framed it!

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8 Responses to Gold Cranes: Couching in Circles

  1. Looking great! I’ve never tried goldwork and this definitely makes me want to take a closer look 🙂

  2. You did a great job with couching your crane. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  3. Fiddly, but worth it, wouldn’t you say? You’ve done it very nicely – well done!

  4. wendy says:

    It’s looking really good, the technique qorks so well with this design

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