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rifestitch
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1:48 pm Sep 06, 2007

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Originally posted by sverzino

Since I don't have cats, I'm going to move forward with the idea of giving silk threads a try. Are there any guidelines on what would/would not look good in silk threads? In particular, would the SQ Praying Hands DUR007 look good in silk even though it has a masculine look to it?


I've sent you an e-mail already, but for benefit of the forum, I think you could do any design you wanted to in silk, or even a combination of silk and cotton. It is only limited by your imagination and, as in my case, budget. Again, using the caveat that you probably shouldn't wash the piece when done, unless you test ALL of your threads before stitching for colorfastness (see each manufacturer's guidelines on colorfastness), silk will just have more sheen than cotton. And different brands, manufactured different ways, have different sheens in themselves.

As an example, if you were to get a DMC thread and say a Vikki Clayton HDF of the equivalent color and stitch them side by side, you would see a difference only because silk refracts light differently than the DMC; it will be a bit shinier than the more matte DMC - silk is a smooth fiber, whereas cotton is more poreous, so it absorbs light into the pores, where silk bounces it off it smooth surfaces more. But this is on the microscopic level, and is measured best with light meters and all that, moreso than the human eye. Now, if you stand across the room and look at it, assuming no direct light is shining right on the stitching, is there a big difference? I don't know - I doubt it.

My sampler that has DMC, Soie d' Alger 100/3, Thread Gatherer,and Caron Waterlilies in it, I cannot really tell by looking at it that any of those 4 different threads are of different material; the colors are different, so they will look different from each other anyway. I have pictures of that sampler posted to Webshots and my Multiply if you want to look at it and try to figure out (without reading the descriptions - don't cheat!) what is what.
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2682668360017582381wtUZhj or
http://rifestitch.multiply.com/photos/photo/3/11

My Fire Flower that I am doing all in black silk - Fabala, could you tell just by looking at it that it was anything other than 310 DMC? I think if I had a row of 310 sewed in it somewhere, and you looked really close, you might be able to tell.

Consider this; we've all worn pantyhose at least once in our lives, right (and if not, how the heck did you wiggle out of that?)? Well, there are nice pantyhose that feel silky on (silk thread) and then there are cheap pantyhose that are a bit rougher and don't feel quite so nice (cotton thread). Both do the job - cover your legs, and the casual observer has no idea which is which, but you do, don't you? I consider silk thread a guilty pleasure just for myself, because I get to handle it while stitching. Outside of the variegateds and the look they are supposed to create (which applies to cotton variegateds too), I'm not sure the finished look is the driving factor for using silk instead of cotton, though I am sure there are some silk "snobs" out there that would disagree with me (just like linen snobs - I use whatever fabric is the color I need - aida, evenweave, linen. There's good and bad with any of them). I'm not one of them - I like all fibers, so long as they don't break or knot on me! Twisting and knotting will get me to throw a skein in the trash long before anything else, and I might try the same thread, new skein, to just see if it was a fluke. Don't laugh, I've had that happen.
BarBaraPrz
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2:54 pm Sep 06, 2007

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My only explanation is that a cat doesn't find it worth its time to ruin something that doesn't cost much.


You got that right! =^..^=
barmarch
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3:19 pm Sep 06, 2007

I was supposed to join as well, but had a presentation at work that day. I tried to get it postponed since Fabala would not be at the presentation (we work together) but, alas, she skipped out on me. Sigh. Rife - we will have to catch up some other time.

Glad you gals had fun. I vote we all go to Malta next. Cool
rifestitch
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4:58 pm Sep 06, 2007

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Glad you gals had fun. I vote we all go to Malta next. Cool


Absolutely! Anybody got any air miles they want to donate to my I Really Want To See The World Fund?
Fabala
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7:45 pm Sep 06, 2007

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Originally posted by barmarch
I was supposed to join as well, but had a presentation at work that day. I tried to get it postponed since Fabala would not be at the presentation (we work together) but, alas, she skipped out on me. Sigh. Rife - we will have to catch up some other time.

Glad you gals had fun. I vote we all go to Malta next. Cool

Oh stop with the guilt! Razz

We did have a good time, or at least I did. I always have fun shopping for needlework materials...

To answer your question about the black thread, I could tell only that the black was a richer, darker black than it may have been had she used DMC 310.
Alanna
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3:43 am Sep 07, 2007

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My only explanation is that a cat doesn't find it worth its time to ruin something that doesn't cost much.


Well, my bunny isn't fussy, he'll eat anything that looks like a dangling thread (and furniture, and houseplants, and curtains, and electrical cords...) and has helped himself to several of my kitted up cottons. He particularly enjoyed the AVaS metallics and I spent days watching out for shiny bits in his poop (and no, I do not have a thing for rabbit poop), but nothing! Gone! He does however, thankfully, seem to have an aversion to eating the actual stitching. I came into the room where I'd left my stitching FOR 3 SECONDS and found buggalugs sitting smack bang in the middle of the hoop preening his ears! My heart skipped a beat but I had enough prescence of mind to grab the camera and capture the moment- after all, if this was the moment of destruction of my work, I wanted it on film! But in the end, he hadn't touched anything, just thought it looked like a good spot to do a little home grooming! Here's the piccie:
Alanna
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3:51 am Sep 07, 2007

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quote:
Originally posted by barmarch

Glad you gals had fun. I vote we all go to Malta next. Cool


Absolutely! Anybody got any air miles they want to donate to my I Really Want To See The World Fund?



Yessssssss! Well, if you send me a really large envelope I'll see what the Maltese customs department can do about waiving x-rays on certain large packages sent from Atlanta, USA Wink
stitcherfe
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7:22 am Sep 07, 2007

He looks so cute and innocent!!

Nancy Rolling Eyes
rifestitch
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7:31 am Sep 07, 2007

Gee, is bunny hair as hard to pick off/out as medium-length cat hair? Though I suppose rabbit hair is more of a specialty fiber than cat hair....
BarBaraPrz
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3:27 pm Sep 07, 2007

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Originally posted by rifestitch
Gee, is bunny hair as hard to pick off/out as medium-length cat hair? Though I suppose rabbit hair is more of a specialty fiber than cat hair....


Kitty fur adds a certain muted effect to the colors... great for blends/tweeds.
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