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Alanna
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10:52 am Aug 29, 2006

I've done quite a few projects now, I've worked with different threads, used different fabrics, even changed technique on occasion, but when I get to the end of each length of thread one is always always shorter than the other! Always by at least 1cm and up to 5 or 6cms. Does anybody have an explanation for this or am I really a freak of nature? Wink
spiceglider
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7:43 pm Aug 30, 2006

quote:
Originally posted by Alanna
I've done quite a few projects now, I've worked with different threads, used different fabrics, even changed technique on occasion, but when I get to the end of each length of thread one is always always shorter than the other! Always by at least 1cm and up to 5 or 6cms. Does anybody have an explanation for this or am I really a freak of nature? Wink


I think this happens to everyone. I have always had this. It's nothing major or anything to be concerned with. It's just the way the threads twist and wind around the fabric.
lisakaymd
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Joined: 24 Sep 2006
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6:57 pm Sep 29, 2006

oh yea... this happens to me alot too.. i just go along with it now. Smile
Fabala
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8:16 pm Sep 29, 2006

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...
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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3:57 am Oct 02, 2006

Fabala, this trick is an absolute gem! I tried it last night and was very impressed with the results: not only do both your threads remain the same length, but no more tangles or knots, and best of all; perfect thread coverage every time! It's takes just a little bit longer but the results are absolutely worth it. This one definitely deserves to be added to the tips page! I knew there'd be someone out there who had a trick for this- the mystery of the shorter thread has been solved!

Add to your list of cross stitching commandments: Thou shalt train thy thread!
Fabala
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4:27 pm Oct 02, 2006

<blush> Cool
Mira
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2:15 pm Oct 05, 2006

Re: training the thread.

Thank you!! Very Happy I tried this out and it's doing great!!
Alanna
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5:21 pm Oct 05, 2006

Hi Mira, welcome to SQ! Let us know what you're working on and feel free to ask us questions or share your tips with us. Most of us are a bit shy around here, but we usually respond to something provocative (anything to do with slinkies or the hokey pokey, for example...) Wink

Alanna
Mira
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2:14 pm Oct 18, 2006

quote:
Originally posted by Alanna
Hi Mira, welcome to SQ! Let us know what you're working on and feel free to ask us questions or share your tips with us. Most of us are a bit shy around here, but we usually respond to something provocative (anything to do with slinkies or the hokey pokey, for example...) Wink

Alanna


d'aww. I'm currently working on http://www.kustomkrafts.net/counted%20pages/jb-008page.htm -- pattern from Kustom Krafts. I adore that stuff. XD Haven't found one here that I'm up to working on yet.

I'm a college student, so I get the most cross-stitching in during boring classes. Very Happy My teacher's don't seem to mind, and I pick up enough from just listening to them. It's great!!

I learned cross-stitching from my grandmother years ago, and recently got back into it because I needed a craft I could carry around with me. My usually seed bead hair strandlets can't be transported easily. Razz
BarBaraPrz
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4:11 pm Oct 18, 2006

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I'm a college student, so I get the most cross-stitching in during boring classes. Very Happy My teacher's don't seem to mind, and I pick up enough from just listening to them. It's great!!





When I was in college (early 70s) I knitted myself an entire blanket during class...
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