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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2005 11:55:25 PM »

did you stitch with the metallic thread, or couch it on?

I've found that couching metallic threads onto fabric works a lot more easily than trying to stitch wtih the damned stuff.

What the?!  Couch?  I really don't know anything...   Huh
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2005 04:57:41 AM »

Couching is how metallic threads are traditionally attatched to fabric, how it was done when they were really metal wires, and not at all suitable for stitching.

Basically you lay the thread on top of the fabric, and then using a secondary thread that's tiny and hard to see, stitch "around" the metal thread to hold it onto the fabric. http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/couching.html

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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2005 07:26:35 AM »

Ooh that couching idea sounds really good.  I'll have to try that next time.  I stitched with the actual metallic floss.  Once I learned not to cut the strands too long, it went much better.
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2005 07:04:05 PM »

Couching is how metallic threads are traditionally attatched to fabric, how it was done when they were really metal wires, and not at all suitable for stitching.

Basically you lay the thread on top of the fabric, and then using a secondary thread that's tiny and hard to see, stitch "around" the metal thread to hold it onto the fabric. http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/couching.html


Hmmmm... good idea!  Thanks for the info.    Roll Eyes
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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2005 11:18:17 AM »

That's so nice! Metallic thread on red = gorgeous. Nice for decoration or use.
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« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2005 11:50:13 AM »

That's so nice! Metallic thread on red = gorgeous. Nice for decoration or use.
Thanks Smiley  I think it's more decorative because the metallic thread isn't so soft on the skin.  Or if I use it, I flip it over to the unembellished side.
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« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2005 12:26:24 PM »

Very nice work on the pillow!

I use Thread Heaven thread conditioner when stitching with metallic threads or with Kreinik metallic braids and find that it really helps the threads pass easily through the material.  You've already discovered using shorter lengths helps, too.

Do you thread the floss through the eye and leave it loose or do you make a loop over the eye of the needle?  I find making the loop keeps the floss from shredding so much.

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« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2005 12:39:28 PM »

Do you thread the floss through the eye and leave it loose or do you make a loop over the eye of the needle?  I find making the loop keeps the floss from shredding so much.

Can you explain further? or do you have a visual reference? I can't seem to visualize the loop over the eye. Thanks.
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« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2005 01:42:27 PM »

Do you thread the floss through the eye and leave it loose or do you make a loop over the eye of the needle?  I find making the loop keeps the floss from shredding so much.

Can you explain further? or do you have a visual reference? I can't seem to visualize the loop over the eye. Thanks.

Here is a link to a page that illustrates the technique I was referring to.  The author doesn't mention this as a threading technique for metallics, but I find it works for me.

Hope this helps.

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« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2005 02:36:49 PM »

oh, i get it! pictures are so hlepful. I used to use thread heaven for beading and plan to give it a try for metallic floss and am definitely going to try the loop over the eye. thanks so much!
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