Tips for Using Metallic Threads

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8. After a strand of blending filament has been cut for use, applying a tiny amount of Fraycheck to each end can help keep it from unraveling. Leave a long tail to keeprepparttar Fraychecked portions from becoming a part ofrepparttar 145338 needlework. 9. Itís been suggested to burnrepparttar 145339 ends with a match to fuserepparttar 145340 pieces together to prevent fraying. Just put outrepparttar 145341 flame with your fingers. 10. Use short strands, since they are easier to manage and doesnít pass throughrepparttar 145342 fabric as often so thereís less friction to cause it to break or fray. 11. Rather than use a blended needle containing both floss and filament, some people prefer to do their crosses first withrepparttar 145343 floss alone. Stitching overrepparttar 145344 top withrepparttar 145345 filament gives more glitter and prevents problems due torepparttar 145346 fact that they have different levels of elasticity. 12. Testrepparttar 145347 filament on a piece of scrap fabric to prevent melting due to an overly hot iron.

Katrina Renouf is the founder and owner of the cross stitch website www.matkailuxstitch.com.


Types of Fabrics for Needlework

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more difficult since it is slipperier. You can use any type of needle you want, but make surerepparttar eye is small so there is less friction when it goes throughrepparttar 145337 fabric. It is also rather abrasive to thread, so stickrepparttar 145338 needle in and out ofrepparttar 145339 material at a 90-degree angle. Also be careful if you arenít going to coverrepparttar 145340 entire background with stitches, since silk is very transparent and it will be easy to see any threads you carry acrossrepparttar 145341 back. Another hint is to use a dark napkin or cloth behind your work to help you see. It is also important to have a lot of light and use magnification if you need it. You should use a sharp needle to prevent making holes too large. Color inrepparttar 145342 chart with a similar color torepparttar 145343 silk so there is less miscounting, since ripping on silk can cause a lot of damage. And finally, keep your hands very clean as it is more difficult to clean than other fabrics.

Katrina Renouf is the founder and owner of the cross stitch website www.matkailuxstitch.com


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