I want to share and discuss here what I have found and where, so those who are interested can maybe save time and money.
those where made by wrapping a flat silk around a silk or cotton core and where widely used to outline tent stitch slips, to fill areas, stitched in knots, couched in a basket pattern or used to make the much raised needlelace parts.
To obtain this material I made a special order to Benton & Johnson, have choosed historical colours from Pipers silks range and sent them to Neil Halford for spinning - thank you Neil !
Gimps are mostly used for leafs, ground and trees, so the colour range is mainly on shades of greens and browns.
SILK WRAPPED PURLS:
those where made wrapping a fine silk thread on to a copper wire, than the covered wire was wound on to a rod.
They are now again available from Benton & Johnson in the range of colours you can "try" to see in picture or you can ask for a special order if you prefer your personal colourway, just contact Neil to order them....
Wrapped purls from B&J are much finer than those made by Golden Threads for Access Commodities as you can see in this image.
In part two of this topic I will talk about silk threads used in 17th C.English Raised Embroidery and about modern matching silks, also interesting historical facts that I have found in my researches...soon !