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« on: June 16, 2006 02:32:01 PM »

Out of curiosity, has anyone used rayon floss for embroidery? If so, how was is to use and were you pleased with the end result? The colors or so rich and it looks like it would give a nice gloss to the piece. Is it harder to work with than regular floss? Harder or easier than metallics?
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2006 04:40:24 PM »

rayon is slick and doesn't like holding a knot.  I've noticed some colors like to rub off on my hands.  But I'm doing kumihimo, but I think the amount of "handing" of the threads is similar.  The same colors that rubbed (purple and red, but that may be a brand thing) bled a little when washed, but I was expecting it and was able to keep the bleed from setting.

I have used DMC rayon and balled crochet rayon (that was gifted me without labels so No clue on brand) and only some lots rubbed and bled, so I'd have to say do a bit of experimentation, a sampler? Something you can keep an eye on when washing.

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2006 11:14:37 PM »

My experience with rayon floss is that while it is beautiful, it is somewhat difficult to work with.  It seems to want to kink easily, but seemed to behave better if it was first flattened/straighted by moistening.  Keep a small damp (not soaking wet) sponge near by and lay the floss on the sponge, put one finger on the floss and pull the floss between the sponge and your finger.  It will dry fairly quickly.

I was using DMC floss in purple, teal and emerald green and didn't have any problem with bleeding.

When working with squirrelly flosses like rayon and metallics it helps to use short lengths (from your fingers to your elbow).  And if you're having trouble keeping the needle threaded, try this:  make a loop in the floss with one tail only about 2.5" long.  Stick the loop through the eye of the needle, then pull the loop down and under the tip of the needle.  Be sure both the tails don't come through the eye!  Grab both the tails and pull back to snug the thread down and it should be locked over the eye of the needle. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2006 10:48:25 AM »

If you're having trouble keeping the needle threaded, try this:  make a loop in the floss with one tail only about 2.5" long.  Stick the loop through the eye of the needle, then pull the loop down and under the tip of the needle.  Be sure both the tails don't come through the eye!  Grab both the tails and pull back to snug the thread down and it should be locked over the eye of the needle. 

I've never had trouble keeping my metallic thread threaded, but the ends would always get really frayed and I'd lose about two to three inches for each strand I used. I tried this trick last night and it worked like a dream. Thanks!
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