....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"!