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


Tips for Using Silk Threads

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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.


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