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« on: October 05, 2007 04:38:41 PM »

All righty-  here's where I fess up:

I cross-stitched on those plastic mesh thingies as a kid.  I went to snobby lobby a few weeks ago and found pretty much the whole line of Wee Beasties by Dimples Designs on clearance for $5-$8 each (regularly priced in the $30-$40 range per kit Shocked ).  I got so excited, I figured, "this is totally kids stuff" and that it would take nothing.  The patterns are challenging (in a delightful way, though), done with super high quality materials, very fine linen, etc.

The deal is, a lot of the stitches require the stitcher to combine metallic thread with the regular 6 strand floss.  Fine, whatever.  Except the problem is that when I am doing this, if I thread them together and do my stitch, the sparkly pretty metallic stuff tends to get wrapped under the thread and is barely even visible on the finished product.  I mean, I get that's it's supposed to be subtle and not look like Elton John designed it...but maybe if it had like Prince-level glitter, yunno?

Is there a trick to making the metallic thread "pop" a little more?  Do you go through and stitch all of your regular 6-strand floss first, and then go over the pattern with the metallic stuff to make sure it lays on top?

This is the specific pattern I am using at the moment:
http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-bin/itemdetail.pl?item=04-1939 
(seriously, if you want to die over fabulous patterns- think Anthropologie inspired cross-stitch, check out the rest: http://www.123stitch.com/dimples.html)

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007 07:20:11 AM »

So, I don't have any good advice here but I just had to let you know that your post had me laughing all the way through and those pattens are awesome. Maybe increase the number of metallic thread and decrease the number of regular thread?
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007 09:03:52 AM »

One way is to do all the other stitches first, and the metallic  last.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007 08:31:37 AM »

I'm assuming you are using something like Kreinik Blending filament if you are stitching with metallic thread and dmc floss?  I dont know if other people do this, but  when I use the blending filament I take double the length of my floss, fold it in half.  Then i thread the loop through the needle and stick the needle back through the loop, so the BF is sort of tied to the needle.  That way I'm getting 2 strands of the BF.  If I'm not satisfied with the amt of sparkle then I'll stitch the metallic thread on top of the floss (like Flia said.)

Some people will use a laying tool to keep their threads from twisting.  I imagine that would help with the metallic too.  I've never used one though.

I say do whatever gives you the result you like the best.  And don't forget to post a finished pic! Wink

ps damn it! now I'm going to have to go to HL.  Thanks a lot!   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2007 09:14:39 AM »

MrsBlocko- thanks!  I will definitely be trying this.

I'll put up a photo when I'm closer to finished.  I've got like 1/4 of a wing done, and that has taken me about 3 hours of work to do ( Shocked slow and steady wins the race, right?).  I bet doubling it up the way you said would also prevent it from slipping out of the flippin needle so much too...

And seriously, how on earth did you know exactly what kind of sparkly stuff I'm talking about?  It is indeed Kreinik Blending filament.

And good luck at your local hobby lobby, I had to get on my hands and knees and dig through the bin (however, there were like 4000 kits for red hat society or whatever the crap all that purple and red stuff that old women wear is, and lots of like kittens and puppies that said some stuff about best friends forever and whatnot) just to find the 4 that I got my hands on.  I've got about a dozen bookmarks on my computer now where to find more of the dimples designs kits (except maybe the mermaids making out one...that's just a little weird)
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2007 06:34:26 AM »

Just a lucky guess!  I've used a lot of the stuff.  I had trouble using it until someone taught me the looping trick.

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