Updated october 22, 2023.
Finding a way to make realistic smoke or other curved items in needlepoint is a real challenge.
Usually, I couch things down or make Whipped Backstitch.
However, Jane Wood (of Chilly Hollow) had a recent post on her blog, which went over the technique to make wired Flair.
Because Flair is translucent, it’s perfect for smoke or fog. You can make all kinds of wonderful curves by curving the wired ribbon and you won’t have to couch one bit.
I can’t wait to try it.