This variation is done in perle 5 and laced with Caron Rachelette.
For my last experiment I used a metallic thread and a thread of DMC 80. I made fly stitches at the bottom with perle 5 and a tied herringbone stitch under the sword stitches with Caron Wildflowers.
I made a few more examples on my sampler for week 17. Just take a look here.