Thursday, March 27, 2008

Metallics,

When using metallics, you may find it helpful to use the product, "Thread Heaven" ... it keeps the filaments together for ease of stitching. If you do not have this product on hand you can also try to slightly wet the thread, it seems to help abit as well. Blending filament can be very tricky, but you did a great job, Pixie!

10 comments:

Pixie said...

Thanks, the problem I had was it kept snapping or (even with the trick on the package) sliding out of the needle. LOL

Dragonflymystic said...

Pixie,
yes... it can be tricky that way .... BUT you did great ! Imagine ... I have been working on Rapunzel on 18 ct for 20 years... I probably would be done if I hadnt used kreiniks on it - by now... but ... I did ... and even though I am almost done... kreiniks make me ... wait ... lol.... I will finish her ... I dont think I have any kreinik yet... never work with kreiniks on 18 ct...(this is teresa wentzlers rapunzel, so it was allready complicated! ) I suppose I should finish her... I picked a beautiful frame for her because I figured after 20 years she deserved no less :)
Laura

Rebekah said...

Doh, I think I have some Thread Heaven I just never tried it. I'll have to try it and see if it helps.

Dragonflymystic said...

LOL.... It should ... :)

drea_dear said...

Would beeswax work as well? I bought beeswax for working my beading threads, and I have tried it for regular cross stitch thread - it seems like there are days that are twisty-er than others, and waxing the thread seems to help. But I don't know if it's too solid for the metallics - would it actually speed up the unravelling process?

Dragonflymystic said...

great question! I am not sure, but I think it would work ....
:) you are so smart!
we should go out soon ... let me know when you can...
I also have a pampered chef party coming up, if you would like to attend. i do not have your current addy or I would send an invite...
:) Laura

drea_dear said...

I'm not going anywhere until we get a car - probably not until the end of May at this point.

BTW - Katie's sitting on my lap, and she can see the pic of my progress on the round 2 Lady - she says "Mommy, that's your sewing!"

drea_dear said...

Okay, I tried beeswax on the gold light effects I'm using right now. Couple of things - you really have to warm it - I held it up to the lightbul and worked it in my hand for a lot longer than I normally would, because I wanted it as soft as I could get it. It did not fray the metallics more than usual, except the one time I pulled too hard at the end. Instead of pulling, I stopped when I neared the end and pressed the end of the thread into the wax with my thumb and held it for a few seconds. This did seem to help "seal" the ends. The other thing to watch out for - wax will dull the brilliance of the light effects! Duh! I was able to go back and "flake" off some of the excess and get some shine back in the project. I think Thread Heaven is much softer than wax to begin with, so you may not have these problems if you try it. Also, remember that I'm used to waxing beading thread, and I like it very stiff, so it doesn't feel right to me until I've done a couple of passes. Anyway, that was my grand experiment. My Ra & Hathor side of my WIP bag is almost finished (no, really!) - I'm to the gold, then I have to do the backstitching, then I have to attach everything together. Hmmm, some of that may find itself waiting until after Round 3...

Dragonflymystic said...

It was nice that your daughter knew it was your stitching, it is something you can share with them as they grow, ... I will be sharing with my neice... since I have 2 boys who are interested in the finishes, but not too much in the process...
Also, thank you for your experiment!! It is always good to know of alternatives :)
Happy Stitching... I will be stitching today on my fair and squares ... and have already stitched alot on the current round of the 3 ladys.... :) It is exciting to see it coming along!

pcsolotto said...

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