I was in The Twisted Stitcher Finishing Cave the last two days and had such wonderful results I thought I'd share them with you this day.
"North Pole Express"
available through Classic Colorworks as a FREE design by Little House Needleworks with purchase of the needed threads to stitch it. I've stitched this same design twice, but I think after finishing it like I did this one I'll be stitching it again. I really do adore it!
.....a little rusty snowflake....
....A rusty jingle bell....
It all came together for a really darling finish, I think :)
This same client....
also had 7 of the Sampler Tree Ornaments by Little House Needleworks stitched and ready for finishing. These are all tiny, delicate little ornaments stitched on 40 ct. linen by R & R Reproductions.
"The Sampler Tree Ornament Series" has been a popular finish in my Finishing Cave this fall. Here is another set that I've finished this fall. These are done on a larger count fabric ~ and shows..they are beautiful no matter the count you choose to stitch them on!
Inspired to get your needles out and flying?
Vonna's Gizmos and Gadgets....
well we talked about Q-snaps, stretcher bars, Hardwicke Hoops (which I have heard from a handful of ladies that there are a number of shops out of them and reordering because there has been a frenzy of Hardwicke Hoop purchasing...I get a kick out of that! LOL!), needles, Thread Cutterz and now we are going to talk about Thread Heaven and Wax for use on our threads.
So the question is:
Thread Heaven, Bees Wax or Nothing?
Thread Heaven, Bees Wax or Nothing?
If you google around researching this topic, let me tell you that as with most things on the internet you can find people that loudly applaud the use of all, some or none of these products.
You can find people that say Bees Wax is better than Thread Heaven because it is "natural".
You can find people that say, either of these products will attract dust, will ruin your project, etc.
So take what I think or what I say with a grain of salt. All I can tell you is what my experience is. And here's what I know:I use both Thread Heaven and Bees Wax. Here's how I use them and why:
First thing I do is take the Thread Heaven out of its itsy bitsy blue box, I roll it in a ball and that's how I use it. Now the directions say press your thread into it while still in the box. Please! That's awkward and annoying. Take it out if you are going to use it. At night when you are done stitching, stick it back in the itsy bitsy blue box (although half the time I forget to do this and...no biggie it doesn't dry out) *NOTE* Thread Heaven is usually clear and it has like glitter sparkles in (I don't know why)...but mine is old and I use it every day so mine is gross looking from all the little thread hairs in it. This does not matter! It is still good!
Now take a SINGLE STRAND *at a time* push the end down in the Thread Heaven
Put your thumb over it and pull it through...the whole entire length. I redo the ends to make sure they are covered.
Now put your thread on your pointer finger and pinch it down with the nail of your thumb. TIGHT! and pull it through. This gets off all the extra Thread Heaven. Now the thread will feel a little tacky but that's good!
You will find that using Thread Heaven:
- Helps you to thread even the tiniest eyes of a needle
- Will allow even your longest threads to remain in good condition (i.e. won't fuzz up)
- Will not break prematurely
- Threads will not tangle
- Threads are resistant to knotting
- Threads are resistant to UV light after using Thread Heaven
- It is NOT a petroleum product
- You can read HERE all about Thread Heaven.
I like to buy my bees wax in a cake and since it is prone to melting, I buy it in a waxer case like shown. You apply it the same by running your thread into the wax, then you run it through your forefinger and thumb nail to get the excess off.
Of course Bees Wax is 100% natural product.
Now my experience:
I stitch and use in my stitching exclusively Thread Heaven. I swear by it. I have used it for at least 15 years. I use it when stitching smalls, I use it when stitching large projects, I use it on everything. WHY do I use it over Bees Wax? I personally feel Bees Wax tends to make the threads appear dull and lose their luster. I've tried it multiple times and I try to really pull it with my finger nail right on the thread hard to pull off any extra, but I have never been pleased with using it on my cross stitching projects. Now I know many people use bees wax with great success! I just haven't had the same success with bees wax on my stitching as I have had with Thread Heaven.
I DO use bees wax on my thread that I hand sew with. It is SUPERIOR for that use. It coats the thread and makes it easier to slip through the material when couching trim on the edges,using the blind stitch for sewing up ornaments/pillows after stuffing. It helps it to NOT tangle. I prefer it over Thread Heaven for hand sewing. I use bees wax for all sorts of hand-sewing applications.
Ok peeps...that does it for Day 9!
I'll be keeping my hands to work..
my heart to God..
while treating my neighbor with kindness and respect,
and trying to be the best me I can be.
It's hard, isn't it?
I may stumble and I may fall, but I pick myself up and I remember:
To thine own self be true...
I want to BE the change I want to SEE.