Or Nué is a Goldwork technique that employs couching stitches in coloured silks to thread paint the design, while the background is couched in a matching metallic so that it is not seen. Historically, Or Nué is worked with either single or pairs of threads couched horizontally and occasionally vertically. ‘Modern’ Or Nué is couched in a circle to create two light planes instead of the single light plane that traditional Or Nué has. My version is contemporary where wave lines are added to the circle to create even more light planes – giving the designs more reflections and thus more life.
The Or Nué minis were designed as a taster to this type of embroidery – the Strawberry is worked on Gold Passing Thread with Au Ver a Soie silks. Design size: 5cm x 5cm