Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Dread Thread - Blog Hop

Well I didn't get a chance to to the last blog hop so I decided to join in on this one. It's about thread which you may not particularly like working with.

'Maybe it’s a particular type of fiber that always gives you a hassle. Or maybe it’s a least-favorite color of thread to use. That one thing that when you come across it in a design you just know the frogs are coming, or something that gives you twists and tangles. I know for me it’s Christmas Red DMC #666, I always joke that it has that color code for a reason and it’s the devil!' - Loretta, Stitching the Night Away

Well I have to say the most difficult thread I have come across to work with was the DMC satin range, which I used for the jar lid in Lickle Ted. The effect is beautiful but that stuff was a NIGHTMARE. It kept slipping and sliding in the needle. I had to kept re-threading and evening out the ends.

I also find metallics can be fairly difficult to work with as they are difficult to thread and I absolutely hate having to re-thread metallics as the end fray and make it very difficult to get back through the eye of the needle.

I would love to know if anyone has any good ideas about how to deal with these threads, as I really want to stitch Ted again for myself but am not looking forward to dealing with those satins.

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  1. I always loop metallic or slippery threads over the needle making a knot. You use shorter lengths because you are working with the whole length, but I find they shred less and there are no rethreading issues!

  2. You are too funny - DMC#666. Loved your post.

    1. I have to admit that one wasn't my joke it was Loretta of STNA. She is the one how hates the 666.

  3. i havnt used the dmc satin threads but perhaps if you used a needle with a smaller eye? you may have to use a sharp pointed one to achieve this - i am actually using a beading needle at the moment to do some applique work as i like how my thread dosnt budge and this way i can work faster - as for metallics i just use short lengths - if it frays i toss it - not worth the trouble :)

  4. I've heard that thread heaven works on slippy threads , or rub it on some wax .

  5. If you run satin threads over a moist sponge, it makes them easier to work with... Well, until the thread dries, LOL. Then you have to do it again.

  6. I agree with the use of thread Heaven - wax - sometimes I use an all natural hand cream if I am out of the others.


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