Category Archives: threads

Two Down, One to Go

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It’s amazing watching these lovely Magi come alive with just a needle and a bit of thread. Here is Magi #2 in all his glory. My favorite part of this one is a technique that’s actually used in all three Magis. Strangely enough, it’s one of the least showy parts of this Magi’s garments: the…

Magi #1 gets some BLING!

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Many needlework projects call for individual beads or charms. But how often do you really get to jazz up a project with a glitzy chain of Swarovski crystals? Check out the bling on Magi #1!This length of chain is very similar to the one found here, except the crystals used here are only about 2mm…

About threadholders…

A couple of weeks ago, Carolyn responded to a post with a wonderful question: Can you tell me how and why flosses or threads are attached to mother-of-pearl rings or floss cards or wooden thread holders like a hornbook or heart with holes around the outside edge to keep the colors separate? I mean, are…

An Easy Way to Control Color With Multi-Color Threads

Overdyed. Variegated. Hand-dyed. Whatever you call them, these lovely threads sometimes intimidate stitchers, especially when they’re used in geometric designs when the balance of color may be important. There are two schools of thought on using multi-color threads in designs such as these. I call them the “Don’t Cares” and the “Cares.” If you’re a…

Playing with J.L.Walsh Silk Perle

Whenever I travel, I seek out needlework shops (and what stitching addict wouldn’t?). In visiting these shops, I keep an eye out for new (to me) threads. I’ll buy some in colors I like so I can play with them and use them (eventually) in some future project. A few skeins of J.L.Walsh Silk Perle…

Issues with thread color conversions

If you’re like most stitchers, when you’ve started a project, you’ve used a color conversion chart to change to a different brand of floss from the one called for in a project’s instructions. There are plenty of these conversion charts online, allowing stitchers to change from DMC to Anchor floss, or from Soie d’Alger to…