Tips for Using Silk Threads

Written by Katrina Renouf


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4. Use a needle one size smaller than normal so there is less area inrepparttar eye forrepparttar 145336 thread to wear upon. 5. Forrepparttar 145337 best effect use a laying tool to keeprepparttar 145338 strand flat 6. Donít wrap your silk floss on a bobbin 7. Watch what end you thread your needle, as spun silk has a direction to it. Letrepparttar 145339 thread dangle and pull out a ply, if it comes out easily, that isrepparttar 145340 end in your needle. 8. Donít try to squeezerepparttar 145341 last stitch in sincerepparttar 145342 end ofrepparttar 145343 thread isrepparttar 145344 most worn. 9. Donít userepparttar 145345 same needle for silk that you use for metallic threads due torepparttar 145346 fact that metallics abraderepparttar 145347 inside ofrepparttar 145348 eye ofrepparttar 145349 needle. 10. Ifrepparttar 145350 silk has picked up a lot of static, runrepparttar 145351 thread across your forehead (unless youíre wearing makeup). The oil tamesrepparttar 145352 static.

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


FAQ About Needlework

Written by Katrina Renouf


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3. Can you tell me what isrepparttar best way to cleanrepparttar 145335 finished product? Is it dry clean or hand wash? Or not clean at all?

You should always wash your finished piece because even if it doesnít look dirty, it will have some dirt on it andrepparttar 145336 oils left by your hands will attract more. You should also never iron your needlework before itís been cleans since, like a dryer, it will makerepparttar 145337 dirt and oils permanent.

I suggest washing with a gentle soap like ivory or baby shampoo, though I feelrepparttar 145338 best choice is Orvus quilt soap. Itís non-abrasive and free of harsh chemicals, which makes it perfect for needlework. I donít suggest Woolite since it contains bleach. Use cool water and let your piece soak for 5-10 minutes, and then gently sudsrepparttar 145339 piece. Rinse it by dipping it in cool clean water. If any ofrepparttar 145340 colors begin to bleed, continue rinsing untilrepparttar 145341 water remains clear. When itís completely rinsed layrepparttar 145342 piece flat on a towel and gently roll it up. This will blot uprepparttar 145343 extra moisture. NEVER wring or twist your needlework!!

The next step is ironing. First, place your needlework face down on a dry towel and place another thinner towel or press fabric onrepparttar 145344 other side. Putting a towel underneath helps keeprepparttar 145345 stitches from getting flattened. Be sure to use a dry iron thatís set onrepparttar 145346 appropriate fabric setting. Letrepparttar 145347 piece fully cool before moving.

After this first washing,repparttar 145348 floss and fabric should be color fast and you shouldnít have any other problems washing it.

I hope these hits help make your needlework projects even better!

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


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