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September 04, 2012


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Too much angst is caused when you are worried and frightened but do not ask questions.

Lynn Douglass

Hi, Helen! So good to see your beautiful face! Thanks for the tip on stripping the thread!


Muchas gracias por el consejo Helen , lo tendre muy en cuenta cuando deba utilizar mis hilos para bordar sobretodo en el tema de la puntada satin... siempre se aprende algo nuevo....



I am a stripper. I have DMC, Anchor, have Presencia Finca (which haven't used so much) and recently have bought the stranded Lecien cotton line which haven't used. I hadn't thought before but I might do a test run of all four together. One thing I do know is that Cosmos (Lecien) is the easiest to wind on that bobbin. Yes all DMC & Anchor are on bobbins. Do not have full collection of Presencia, but have Cosmos except for variegated cotton. Thanks for the tutorial.

I have one question do you start stitching from one particular end of the stranded cotton.


Great tip. No more teeth. I will strip the threads and put them back together.

Jillian  Smith

Excellent info...I had learnt how to separate threads but had no idea how satin stitch could be improved...many thanks.


Thanks Helen, I will be checking in each week for your tips. I read your satin stitch tips recently & my satin stitch flowers I stitched last night were far better & more even than previously. Thanks for that! Tracee xx

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I often receive emails asking simple questions on what I use or how I do something.


I learnt the hard way about the importance of doing this, so thanks Helen for the reminder that I am not just being idiosyncratic.


Thanks Helen,
That explanation was great - have never had anyone explain that process before.


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    Colourque (R) is a techique I developed and use on many of my projects. It is nothing scientific, anyone can do it, it is meant to be fun and easy to do... it is simply using coloured pencils on fabric to get an applique effect. 'Faux Applique' a comprehensive technique book on the method is due for release late November. Watch this space!


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