I have my new laptop Dell computer, everyone, and it's RED!!! Whoo whooo! I've been using it, but I have the problem, which I have to get resolved tomorrow, that I am not able to scan and save my pictures like my old computer did so easily. I don't have a memory card camera.
Therefore, all of my progress on my rotation pieces is sadly missing right now. I've really found this rotation method to be helpful, and I never knew it could be!
I was sorting through my stash and found that I have several duplicates of CHS and Blackbird Designs and some oldie/OOP Just Nans. Please contact me through my email if you're interested in a trade or something.
New stash...mostly new stuff from the latest Market. I love the Owl scissors!! I had to have another Zecca fob, too.
Oh, I have to talk to you about Belle Soie threads. Nicole and I recently had a talk about these silks....they are having some issues. I actually talked to Kathy at Golden Needle, Port Charlotte, FL, about them this week. Kathy confirmed that she's been hearing more and more from her customers about the Belle Soie issues. She's calling the designer/owner about it this week....
Here are the issues Nicole and I have identified and some suggestions:
1) The silks are bleeding onto our hands and onto the linen, leaving stains! Yikes!! Here's a suggestion: Pre-rinse all shades of red (including deep pinks, corals, oranges and purples!) and all jewel-like tones to remove any excess dyes that remain loose in the threads.
I know this is a difficult thing to do when you love the color that it is originally...but would you rather have a stain or 3 on your piece if it ever needs to be laundered, or if there's an accident with water spilled or humidity touching it???
The other real sealing factor is to give the threads a salt or vinegar cold bath, too, to set the colors.
2) The silks may tend to snag. Well, this is simply a factor of using silks. For best results, silks should be cut in 12" to 14" lengths. If you cut them or stitch with them any longer than that they will lose their luster and will tend to snag or fuzz up on you. The whole reason for using silks is to get the sheen on your stitched piece! Longer lengths can also tend to tangle. Because of this "rule" you will need to follow a "cut length" method of dealing with your new thread bundle.
If you get a snag, here's how to repair it: grasp the thread firmly from below and above the snag, and then snap the thread sharply. You'll hear a sort of rubberband snap sound! LOL Be sure to really just grab hold of your thread on both ends so you don't pull on your fabric.
Hope that helps and saves your stitching! I really have a stain on my Beatrix Potter Sampler because of the bleeding of one of the dark reds. Not such a happy person now.... :(
See ya! It's late or early, whichever you prefer. Thanks for your comments and sweet compliments about my WIPs. I'm really enjoying stitching these last few weeks!