9 drm Gilt and 90% Silver Tambours (used on the Plimoth Jacket) were designed as metal bobbin lace threads. They can also be used as passings for small scale stitches. The scale of the threads, when paired and twisted in bobbin lace, produces the perfect reproduction thickness. 90% silver is used to prolong the lifetime of the metal appearance, as tarnishing is a natural occurrence for metal threads and was during the 17th century as well.
The tubes are 25 grams each. We used a little over three tubes of each of the 9 drm Tambours to make all the bobbin lace for the Plimoth jacket. The lace is 1 1/4" deep and runs over several yards in length.
These spangles are made by Mark Atchison, the same blacksmith who made the spangles for the Plimoth Jacket, in the same way! Now they are available in large enough quantities for gold and silver lace projects. Authentic in every way, from the periodic nips in the bottom of the tear drop shape to the flat edges that come from the historic process here and there. Mark hand punches each one out from a gilt silver.
If you ever wanted to rim your project with authentic metal bobbin lace, the 9drm Gilt and 90% Silver Tambour threads in the shop were developed for the Plimoth Jacket lace and work perfectly with these spangles.
The spangles are sold per piece so you can get just the right number for your lace pattern and length.
These faux threads are my favorites for working 17th century metal stitches such as the plaited braid, reverse chain, ceylon, ladder and the like when learning. The faux set is great for learning the stitches before you progress to working with the more expensive real metal threads.
These threads should be used with a Japanese needle as it will both keep the thread from shreading in the needle and will open a nice hole in your linen to pull the thread through. The #9/10 Japanese needle works well for the all these Wyres.