Friday, 12 December 2014

An Experiment

I enjoy testing out theories. This one is about plied threads having a sort of up and down; up and they behave themselves, down and they twirl and twist, squiggle and wriggle, tie themselves into ungainly knots and, generally, misbehave.

wonder if you stitchers out there have similar "thread lore" that you've been told or have tested

So, a piece of lovely Ed Mar rayon in purple and pink - not being tested on this fabric, that already belongs to a cushion, but at the edge of something. 

I've threaded each end, and will cut and stitch to see how each behaves. 

Same needle, same bit of fabric,

and quite a squiggly wiggle on the right

though subsequent stitches didn't behave the same way, however

the red thread, coming from the left, has untwisted quite a lot at the end, compared to the purple one

and look at how that stem stitch sits in opposite directions, though placed into the fabric in exactly the same way. The purple thread, which squiggled but didn't unravel sits above the line, the red, which squiggled less, sits below. Food for thought.

I am intrigued ...


  1. I suspect you could drive yourself mad pursuing this thread...

    For what it's worth, I can't use rayon - it's the very worst for wriggling that I've ever tried, but I can get almost anything to misbehave from time to time - must be something about the wrist action. Silk is - for me at least - the easiest, but that might just be me preferring the feel.

    Good luck!

    1. Good to know it's not just me then! I will pursue though, just to see if I can work out how to use it without wiggles and squiggles, I do like its sheen and compact texture against the cloth. Silk though, aaah that just like stitching with the most delicate cobwebs, light, soft, lovely to touch, but dreadful if you have any sort of dryness on your hands, and mine do tend to get dry.