Hello stitching friends,
I'm back! Thank you for your patience during this hiatus. There are no new patterns this time, but there will be soon. And it must be time for a ...
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In the last newsletter, we mentioned a mobile app that allows you to open a pattern in PDF format, search for symbols, and mark completed stitches. Unfortunately, we got the name wrong! It is ezPDF, not expdf as we said. We hope everyone who was looking at it found it anyway.
Sometimes as you're stitching, you may notice a previously completed stitch that has come a little loose (i.e. the top thread sticks up on one side a little). If you could get at the thread on the back you could tighten it, but what if you can't?
Here's an easy and effective way to fix these stitches. Take a threaded needle (one like you're stitching with, threaded with the same number of strands of floss you're using, with no knot) and push it, eye first, down through the hole where the thread is sticking up. It may not sound like a great fix, because now the extra bit of floss is on the back instead of the front, but it will not come loose again unless you pick at it.
This has been happening to us quite a bit lately, so we gave some thought to what causes it, and how to avoid it. There are two possibilities:
Our plans to move are on indefinite hold. We decided that it would be too hard on our elderly cat, Topsy, who is 19 ½! (We also failed to find a house we could agree on, but that's a minor detail.)
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