Still, grateful for my phone as I am making this blogpost from it - only for the second time ever. Ah! Technology!
I received the new crystals I wanted to try for the star centre in Bentley. These are transparent but with AB coating. I love them. Just the right look for an icy lacy snowflake.
And I have an update on sparkly threads. I was so delighted to find DMC 4300... but when I tried to order some more, I was told that this thread has been discontinued! Drats! I managed to nab the last five reels that the shop had but that's it. All is not lost though; with that order I also got a reel of Kreinik Metallics Blending Filament in shade 5760 (called "Marshmallow)... and found to my delight that this is incredibly similar to DMC 4300! Not quite the same texture - Kreinik is actually smoother and maybe a tiny bit finer - but it does give the same subtle iridescent effect when tatted up. Kreinik was a bit less expensive for me to buy than DMC Metallic but it comes in a 50m spool whereas DMC is a 100m spool. I'm waiting for another colour to arrive in the post (9032 - Easter Grass) and I will report on that when I have received and tested it.
Again, sparkle is really hard to capture on camera but I hope you can see it a bit in the photo above.
I don't know how easily available Kreinik is but they have a wide selection of colours in their "blending filament" range. I also have their silver which looks nice too but has that slightly "greying" effect which I don't like as much. Kreinik is made in the USA so should at least be easily available to my American friends. Please let me know!
I now have the pattern for Bentley written up but currently unable to send it to my testers... due to having no internet! Really really hope they fix it soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me please!
When I have it ready, I will make a draw for free Bentley patterns from comments in this blogpost. So please leave a comment if you'd like to be entered!