Tips for Using Silk Threads

Written by Katrina Renouf

There are two main types of silk threads, spun and filament. Filament has a great amount of luster since they are created from long, continuous strands, as they are unwoven from cocoons. Spun silks are made form short fibers, which gives it a creamier luster.

Silk is great to use for several reasons. First, because of its smooth surface, silk flows easily through Aida, Canvas or any other fabric. And second, it is easier to use than cotton because it’s “smooth” whereas cotton is “fuzzy”. Unfortunately, it does have its own unique challenges so here are some hints on how to make using silk easier.

1. Spun silk strands should be separated and recombined just like cotton 2. Use short lengths to maintain maximum sheen 3. Keep silk dry at all times and make certain hands are clean

FAQ About Needlework

Written by Katrina Renouf

How should I anchor my floss atrepparttar beginning?

Though some people will tell you otherwise, never use knots in needlework. It tends to cause a bulge onrepparttar 145335 front ofrepparttar 145336 fabric whenrepparttar 145337 piece is mounted. To start, holdrepparttar 145338 end ofrepparttar 145339 floss onrepparttar 145340 reverse side and stitch over it withrepparttar 145341 first couple stitches. To finish off a strand runrepparttar 145342 needle under a few stitches onrepparttar 145343 back. Avoid anchoring colored threads under white threads sincerepparttar 145344 color tends to show through torepparttar 145345 front. Trimrepparttar 145346 tails.

The technique I use is one that I learned from my aunt. Start by separating one long strand of floss and doubling it over on itself so it forms a loop at one end. Threadrepparttar 145347 two raw ends throughrepparttar 145348 needle. Begin by taking your needle up throughrepparttar 145349 fabric. Make your first stitch, and go down throughrepparttar 145350 fabric. Take your needle throughrepparttar 145351 loop. The thread is now anchored securely, and looks neater onrepparttar 145352 back.

I have finished a piece of cross-stitch work and now I cannot getrepparttar 145353 creases fromrepparttar 145354 hoop out. I do not need to wash it how can I get them out?

You can damped it and iron it, BUTrepparttar 145355 floss colors might run beads might melt orrepparttar 145356 crease might not come out all together. Before trying this be sure to take some strands of floss and put them on a sample ofrepparttar 145357 cloth and dampen them to see ifrepparttar 145358 color runs. When you iron, use a cool iron onrepparttar 145359 back ofrepparttar 145360 design, and put a towel on both sides, never put an iron directly onrepparttar 145361 stitches! Alternatively you could go to your dry cleaners and ask them if them could help with a light steam iron, but know ifrepparttar 145362 colors can run.

The best way to get them out is to avoid getting them inrepparttar 145363 first place. I would suggest that you takerepparttar 145364 fabric out ofrepparttar 145365 hoop every time you stop sewing, and move it to a slightly different place each time. Another option is to place a piece of plastic wrap betweenrepparttar 145366 top hoop andrepparttar 145367 fabric before stitching. Then all you just cut out a hole for stitching. This keepsrepparttar 145368 hoop from touchingrepparttar 145369 fabric.

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