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Today in my embroidery tool kits, I'm opening up my threads box! In this post, I'll share with you my 10 Top tips when working with embroidery floss for silk ribbon embroidery.
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10 Top Tips about Embroidery Floss or threads
1) Add interest to your work and use a variety of thread textures.
I use a variety of floss, cotton, silk and cotton perle. Cotton and silk floss usually comes in skeins of 6 strands twisted together. Vary the texture of your embroidery, by sewing with more or less strands. For example, with loop stitch centres I do not separate the strands (Used in this violets video) because I want a solid look to the flower centre. The more strands you use, the bigger the eye of your needle...sometimes I use my chenille needles, other times I use a #10 crewel needle.For my SR embroideries, I use either cotton or silk embroidery floss for stems, flower centres, and background work, as shown in my work below:
I do not use much cotton perle with my silk ribbon embrioderies, it is a thicker cord cotton and cannot be separated. When I do use it, it is for creating a different texture to my embroidery. Because perle has a sheen I tend to use it more for water themes, or something I want that sheen to enhance the design.
Here is a great video by My fair hands, you can subscribe to their channel here. This video shows how to seperate your thread strands easily
2. Try to use hand dyed floss and variegated dyed floss.
I use mainly hand dyed silk (preferably and if I can get it) or cotton floss as it suits the hand dyed silk ribbons better, and because it gives a more natural look to your work. I always have three values of each colour, where possible. For example, I have a dark green, Medium green and light green. For example, I have created a colour palette hand dyed threads and silk ribbons called Ingrid's Choice, which are perfect for creating a range of flower centres, to give a more artistic effect. This is a great basic range of colours to suit most flowers.
I do love using variegated dyed threads- these are beautiful to work with, and create lovely effects to your work, and they are one of my few indulgences when buying embroidery supplies. I try to buy them in colour ranges which compliment the colours I already have, and some of my variegated threads are a little brighter, to add more interest or contrast to an embroidery.
3) How to reduce tangles of your embroidery thread
Here is a great video by Veronica Summers, you can subscribe to her channel here. This great video shows how to wind your floss onto your floss cards. It's important to wind your floss onto cards so that you do not store them in a tangled mess, and so that the strands are not twisted when you start your work. In general, I work with 25cm lengths of thread to reduce tangles.
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