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« Reply #180 on: August 22, 2009 03:30:31 AM »

Themes ~ On the questionnaire, I said astrological/zodiac for me and my family would be a fun theme, but that I absolutely don't mind if I *don't* have a theme. I know some people like having a theme to work from, but others do just fine without a theme to guide them . . . and then sometimes the theme develops on its own as the towel goes from person to person.

greenlightgo ~ Keep in mind that whatever theme you don't use for T5, you can take that theme and use it in another swap Smiley.

Knots on Back of Fabric ~ It's only been in recent months that I've switched from knotting ends on the back of my fabric, to weaving loose tails under already-stitched threads. However, I've come to see that the weave of the fabric plays a big factor on if I knot or weave ends -- fabrics with a looser weave are one where I tend to prefer to use knots. In fact, last night I finished embroidering on some vintage hankies and I opted to weave ends rather than knot, but I'm not 100% positive those woven ends are going to hold longterm. I did include a note in the package and told my friend I suggest she gently handwash the hankies instead of throwing them in the washer -- if I'd knotted my threads instead, I wouldn't have any worry about the threads coming undone in the washer. Next time I stitch on hankies (vintage or new), I'll knot the ends -- live and learn!!

Sometimes what I do is knot ends, and then leave a little bit of a tail that I weave under. Seems to work pretty well for me.
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« Reply #181 on: August 22, 2009 09:49:53 AM »

I'm a knotter. 
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« Reply #182 on: August 22, 2009 09:52:13 AM »

I'm a knotter, too.
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« Reply #183 on: August 22, 2009 10:03:52 AM »

Knotters of the world unite! Cheesy
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« Reply #184 on: August 22, 2009 12:00:25 PM »

Knotters of the world unite! Cheesy

Of course the first time through I read that as "Knotters of the world untie!" Cheesy
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« Reply #185 on: August 22, 2009 07:41:32 PM »

LOL! That's even better!
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« Reply #186 on: August 22, 2009 09:08:26 PM »

You knotters sound like you've fallen off your rockers Tongue

I dabble in both knotting and weaving, sometimes I'll weave AND knot the same end. 
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« Reply #187 on: August 23, 2009 05:36:58 PM »

If I didn't knot all my threads I would have panic attacks and be convinced that all my work would unravel!!  Grin
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« Reply #188 on: August 23, 2009 09:20:53 PM »

I finally started my towel, just a cute little thing saying "Tea Towel Tour #5" with a fawn & bunny looking at it.  Any of you crazy enough to embroider in the car? That's exactly what I did... we had to drive about two hours today to look at & purchase a new(er) car.  It was slightly difficult, because the driver window was rolled down... but I managed!
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« Reply #189 on: August 23, 2009 11:05:56 PM »

If I didn't knot all my threads I would have panic attacks and be convinced that all my work would unravel!!  Grin

One of the first things that my mother told my 8-year-old-self off about in regards to my embroidery were the knots I'd tied in the back.

I am a rabid non-knotter now. I use lots of loop starts where I can, and weave the end away afterwards. I've gotten more and more pedantic over the years as well - I try now to weave away ends only under stitches of the same colour etc etc.

My pedanticism does depend on the time I have available, however.
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