This very first drop of wisdom is actually going to be for cross stitch – I was going to show this to Jasmyne before I left but by the time we got back to the house I completely forgot. Sorry. So I wanted to show her the way I have been starting new threads for a while, as it doesn’t start with loose ends or knots, and it keeps the fabric flat and the tension even.
Warning: This will only work if you plan to use an even number of threads for your stitching, i.e. 2 or 4. If you need an odd number, this won’t work.
Step 1: I start with a long strand of a single thread. I use DMC which comes in a 6-strand skein. Depending on the project, and how many stitches you will need for this color, the quantity you cut could be smaller, but typically I cut about a wingspan length of thread (spread your arms out wide and cut). Then I pull just ONE strand from the 6-strand piece I just cut, and put the remaining 5 back on the plastic bobbin.
Step 2: Thread both ends through the needle.
Step 3: Make the loose end tail a little longer, but not too long. Start your first stitch from the back, and leave a long tail on the loop end.
Step 4: Turn it over to the back and pull the needle through the loop.
Step 5: Pull tight. But not too tight.
Step 6: Continue stitching as usual… Tie off in your standard method.
Isn’t that fun? I know Jasmyne will be super excited to try this. Remember – this only works with even number of strands, since you double up.
You might be wondering what that frame is in the background. Awhile ago I got a Clemes & Clemes frame, when they were first released from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, and at that time I also found out the wonder of the Q-snap frame. Much friendlier than the standard round hoop. They come in multiple sizes – I currently use the 11″ x 11″ and 8″ x 8″. Super easy to set up, move around, switch projects, etc. Check them out. You’re welcome.
Did you enjoy your first drop of wisdom? Jasmyne – get stitching!