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The mystery of the shorter thread...


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Alanna
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12:02 pm Oct 19, 2006

What is it with your college teachers over there?? Do they have no self -respect??? I am a teacher and I once had a student (an adult mind you who should have known better) who thought she could knit in class- I just about threw her out the window!
But maybe your teachers were boring and don't deserve to be listened to, whereas I on the other hand am fabulous!! Razz
BarBaraPrz
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2:07 pm Oct 19, 2006

quote:
Originally posted by Alanna
... whereas I on the other hand am fabulous!! Razz


Of course you are Exclamation


I was taking graphic illustration so only knitted in the psychology classes (I think... maybe English & Media studies, too).
Alanna
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3:31 pm Oct 19, 2006

quote:
Originally posted by BarBaraPrz

I was taking graphic illustration so only knitted in the psychology classes (I think... maybe English & Media studies, too).


Tisk tisk... shame on you! Embarassed
Mira
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1:59 pm Oct 20, 2006

quote:
Originally posted by Alanna
What is it with your college teachers over there??


*chuckle* I'm not making noise or anything in class, and I get good grades, so they don't mind. *shrugs* *grin* Right now, it's in Psychology, Computer Science, and Digital Media. *grin* *shrug* I _do_ take notes! Really!! Smile

I'm also "just" in community college, so maybe that makes a difference. ^_^;
sverzino
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Joined: 26 Oct 2006
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Location: St. Louis, MO
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11:02 am Oct 26, 2006

I'm not following how you "train" the thread. Can you explain it again for me? Thanks!
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Originally posted by Fabala
It doesnt happen to me anymore since I started "training" my threads. Basically, on the down stitch before you put the needle into the hole, you put it between the threads.

I started doing this because some tip on some website told me it would help with a more even distribution of "top color" thread and also keep my thread from getting all wound up - which was causing tangles if I didnt let the needed "unwind" every few stitches...

Just how one woman does it...
Fabala
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11:07 am Oct 26, 2006

Let me see if I can...

You have the needle out the top side of the fabric. there are 2 threads coming from the hole. Before putting the needle DOWN a hole from the top - make sure you put the needle between the 2 threads...

Or another way to say it, "split" the threads away from one another using the needle as a wedge near the base where they come up out of the last pull... then take the needle down into the new hole...

I really wish I could draw a picture in a forum...
sverzino
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9:38 am Oct 27, 2006

I will try that. THANKS!
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Originally posted by Fabala
Let me see if I can...

You have the needle out the top side of the fabric. there are 2 threads coming from the hole. Before putting the needle DOWN a hole from the top - make sure you put the needle between the 2 threads...

Or another way to say it, "split" the threads away from one another using the needle as a wedge near the base where they come up out of the last pull... then take the needle down into the new hole...

I really wish I could draw a picture in a forum...
stitcherfe
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Location: London, Ontario, Canada
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8:57 am Nov 30, 2006

Some stitchers refer to this as "railroading", if I understand what you're doing.

I have taken a tapestry needle, which is larger and blunt, attached it to a piece of ribbon (so I don't loose it), and use it to separate my strands of floss for stitching. I can also "lay" my stitches, making sure there are no twists in the strands with this needle. Some places refer to a "laying tool", which has the same function.

Is this helpful?

Happy Stitching

Nancy.
Fabala
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9:12 am Nov 30, 2006

Thats exactly it, Nancy... tho I dont use a laying tool... I just use the needle to separate the threads. Once you get the hang of it, it takes no longer than stitching without it, and the result is SO much nicer.
Alanna
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12:52 pm Nov 30, 2006

Yes, I've been using Fabala's training technique for a little while and I must say that I'm pretty much back to the same speed I stitched at before adopting the technique. I've heard tell of this laying and railroading, but never had much occasion to see it done. Is there such a thing as a proper laying tool or do you just basically shimmy around in there with your needle?
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