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UnstableKitten
« on: April 21, 2009 08:25:40 AM »

Hiya folks! So, I've been a long time lurker but this is actually my first time posting. I finally broke down and got account because just hanging around like that was starting to get creepy. Anyways, this is my first cross stitch project ever so take a look. Also, how does one take apart a skein of floss with getting completely entangled? It's a skill that has eluded me for years. I did my best to iron out the hoop rings before framing it. Those lines are just from my epic fail at framing.



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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009 10:09:10 AM »

Hi Unstablekitten!

Big up yourself! You did good. I think that's quite a groovy pattern actually, and you've finished it well.
And what's a few creases between friends?

I have this strange technique for separating the flosses that involves holding the thread in my mouth, and pulling two threads in one hand, the other four in the other. The tension created by using my mouth as a third hand, so to speak, seems to stop it bunching up.
Weird, but it works for me.

Keep up the good work!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009 10:42:26 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009 06:18:37 PM »

Very nice stitching. Cute!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2009 07:58:53 PM »

Also, how does one take apart a skein of floss with getting completely entangled? It's a skill that has eluded me for years.

This looks absolutely wonderful!  Great work!

My mom taught me a great trick for separating the threads without getting tangles.  Take one of those big black binder clips (like these: http://www.amazon.com/ACCO-A7072050-ACC72050-Binder-Clips/dp/B001B0B3Z4/ref=pd_sbs_op_5).  Clip onto the end of the skein and hold the threads at the top and slowly unthread.  The clip adds weight and will spin with the threads.  Works every single time and never any tangles!
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009 03:08:41 AM »

Great job! I love that pattern, and the colours are fun. Don't worry about the creases, the colours distract from them Smiley

Also, how does one take apart a skein of floss with getting completely entangled? It's a skill that has eluded me for years.

This looks absolutely wonderful!  Great work!

My mom taught me a great trick for separating the threads without getting tangles.  Take one of those big black binder clips (like these: http://www.amazon.com/ACCO-A7072050-ACC72050-Binder-Clips/dp/B001B0B3Z4/ref=pd_sbs_op_5).  Clip onto the end of the skein and hold the threads at the top and slowly unthread.  The clip adds weight and will spin with the threads.  Works every single time and never any tangles!

That's brilliant! I taught myself the trick MrXStitch mentioned years ago, but the clip idea is much less prone to lip balm on the thread Smiley

I also pull my thread from the middle of the strand, rather than the ends, and try to hold the ends taught as I unravel. Not perfect, but it helps.
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rsisland
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009 09:50:58 AM »

I love your frogs!

I used to watch Shay Pendray' Needleart studios on PBS. She always said to only pull one thread out at a time no matter how many you needed. She would hold the end and let the rest dangle. Then she would pull one single thread from the middle and pull it straight up. Hers never tangled. She said it allows the threads to lay better.  I've tried it a few times and it works, but I sometimes get very impatient doing it that way when you need a four thread thickness.
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2009 11:41:11 AM »

Thanks guys! I usually do it the way MrXStitch does but rather than using my mouth due to the lip balm problem I just steal the boyfriend's hand. He's not a huge fan of my method though.
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