Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Twinkle, twinkle, little thread....

....how I wish you wouldn't shred!

For the fourth and final ribbon in this mini-sock, the vertical band in the center and far left, I decided to give the Kreinik 1/16" holographic ribbon a try. It had much more of a gleam on the spool than the Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #001L, and I was hoping for even more "bling."

I began with the ribbon edges, working slanted gobelin stitches over two threads. Just to be on the safe side, I cut lengths of thread much shorter than I normally do. But it didn't take long before I realized the end of my thread was shredding--I mean REALLY shredding.

Before any of you out there reading this start hopping up and down advising me to use Fray-Check or whatever it's called, let me add that I don't own such a product. My rule of thumb is simple: if a thread shreds, is so slippery that it won't stay where it belongs, or otherwise creates hassles that interfere with my pleasure in stitching, I don't use it. Life's too short!

So after filling in the background on these bands with DMC floss #809, my medium blue, in basketweave, I went back to the Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #001L to work the snowflakes in tent stitch. This braid shreds a little, too--more so than other #12 tapestry braids--but didn't leave shards of silver all over my kitchen table as it produced the "holographic" look I was aiming for.

In my next post, I'll be speaking "off the cuff"!


Possibilities, Etc. said...

Don't forget "steam ironing to remove crinkles" from some threads. I really like the holographic bling when looking at this stocking up close. The whole piece is beautiful! To have done the whole thing with Holographic metallic would have been too much, as small accents are quite enough.

Cool City Stitcher said...

I like this very much, and it will be beautiful on the tree. As always, you found the perfect blend of threads and stitches and I'm sure the recipient will be happy with her mini-sock.

sudukc said...

I think this stocking is so cute. And I like bling on anything.

Front Range Stitcher said...

The close up is stunning! Exactly the right amount of bling. I also like your philosophy of not using things in life if they irritate or annoy. Good tip. : )