Hello stitching friends,The days are getting shorter, daylight savings time is over, and nights are getting chillier — that all adds up to good stitching weather! (well, at least in the northern hemisphere!)
We've added some new Alphonse Mucha art to our license and are working on turning them into cross stitch patterns, which should be good news for fans of Art Nouveau! We sent complimentary copies of Feather and Primrose (shown below) to Jill Dickson, who was one of the first to suggest them. Congratulations, Jill!
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When you are pulling two strands from a cut length of six strands, pull them out one at a time. The skein may bunch up, but it won't snarl as it usually does if you try to pull more than one strand.
To get hold of one strand to pull from a cut length, hold the floss near the end and tap gently on the tip. The strands will fan out so you can grab one.
When you have only two strands left in a cut length, and you are going to stitch with two strands of that color, separate them first, smooth, and put them back together. You'll have much less trouble with the strands twisting as you stitch.
If you have trouble pulling your stitches too tight, try this: start a stitch as usual, but when most of the floss has been pulled through the fabric, stop pulling with your hand, hook your little finger around the floss and pull it the rest of the way using only your little finger. The muscles in your little finger are too weak to pull a stitch overly tight.
Do you have handy tricks you use? Let us know and we'll pass them along.