Jul 31, 2017

Summer days

For me, too few.  August.  Already. 
Missy was enjoying the beautiful weekend, snoozing in the shade.
 
 
 I was reading Bobbie's post about using wax on her thread, seems I'm not the only one having some problems.  My DMC has been shredding so easily, whether removing just a few stitches or pulling through coarse linen, so I'm glad she mentioned this.  On the stiff 40 count I was playing with, the wax did nothing, in fact, it seemed sticky.  I could feel a drag.  On a lower count or softer linen, maybe not.  So I got the tiny box of Thread Heaven that I ..  a) forgot about b) misplaced c) had trouble holding d) all of the above, and used a different method to apply. 
Not sure of the correct way and too lazy to look it up, I removed it from the slippery cube and made a ball, sliced it deep, and put it back inside.  I embedded the thread in the cut and pulled it through easily.  With my arthritis, I had difficulty holding that little cube with my right hand and pressing a thread onto the material while the left hand pulled it over. With the thread inside the slit, no reason to hold it down so pulling it was easier.  Is this the method recommended and I once again was not paying attention?  That thread was gliding through the linen like a hot knife through butter.  Wonderful stuff for coarse linen.  I need to make an easy to hold case or something to make it easier.  My wax case is too large for this tiny stuff.
 
Carole's TV died and we have to go on a hunt for a replacement and options for disposal of the 36" old model.  Best Buy only takes to 32", she was charged $100 to recycle another.  With those fees, it's no surprise to see them discarded in wooded areas.  The old picture tubes contain pounds of toxic lead and other materials. 
She has decided to not have the gallbladder surgery and I agree.  Since nothing ever goes smoothly with her and this was the first attack, mild, she will try diet before surgery.  Hopefully, August will be event free.  And last longer than July did.
 
Have a good day!
 
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15 comments:

C Reeder PhxAz said...

Vonna at Twisted Stitcher has video on waxing thread. It helped me a lot.

Joanie said...

Take that ball of Thread Heaven out of the blue box. Roll it in a ball. Put your thread on it(leave a tail to grab onto ) and pull it through. No need to leave it in the box while applying. At the end of my stitching time, I mash it back into the box (or not). Works fine! Easier to hold and to use out of the box! Love the stuff!

C. M. Designs said...

Love the pictures of Missy. Such a good life she has.
I'm glad to hear that Carole will not have the gall bladder surgery. I hope eating right will keep her pain free.
Looking forward to Fall. Feel like a hermit staying in out of the heat and humidity.
I hope you'll have a great first week of August.
Charlotte in Va.

Chrie said...

To help with thread problems, perhaps try goat's milk soap instead...seems lighter.

Jacqueline said...

Try calling your trash removal company about the tv. They took mine from the curb in a special truck at no additional charge to my monthly bill. I just had to schedule a pick up.

Wasn't our weather the best over the weekend. Loved it.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I hope August lasts longer, too, but it is such a crazy month I know it will just fly by.
Good luck to Carole. I hope diet changes are effective.
Happy last day of July :(
Lauren

Karen Budnick said...

I agree - Summer's too short. Early Celts in Ireland considered August first to be the start of Autumn since the solstice was mid-Summer. Apparently Target is run by Irish Celts.

Barb said...

It sounds like Carole made a good choice. I have heard good things about the Thread Heaven.

arcadia said...

I am not sure to have enought english vocabulary to explain it well, but I use thread heaven this way (that is much more easy for me) : I remove it from the box, roll it into a kind of ball, then toss it into an empty lipstick (the kind we use to nourrish the lips, no colour), and that's it. When I need, I turn, to put the product up to the top, slide my thread, and when I no more need it, I turn back, like a lipstick... not sure my poor explanation makes sense... The wax doesn't work for me, the thread looked like sticky or dusty...yuck
Arcadia
https://stitchingunderthewalnuttree.blogspot.fr/

Audrey said...

We've got rid of things we didn't want anymore by putting them out front with a free sign on them. It's amazing what people will come and take. Maybe that will work for your tv. If not, I'd call your trash people like Jacqueline mentioned. Good luck!

Frances N said...

Missy sure looks cute while napping!! Kitty tummies sure look soft!! haha

Sondra Van Huss said...

I live near Bangor, Maine and there's a business in our area where they take anything electronic, has cords and is working or dead. Some things there might be a small charge but mostly it's FREE! My husband hauled the whole back of our Yukon full of everything from a monitor, printer, scanner, computer, misc. other electronics junk and it was only $4 to be rid of the whole mess from my basement cabinets. Look in the Yellow Pages in your area under "Recycling" and call them all and eventually you'll probably turn up one that takes old TV's and other electronic dead junk! Good luck.

As far as waxing threads. Have you tried Beeswax? I've used that for years in my hand sewing but never on cross stitch since I don't do it and it's worked fine for me!

Pam in IL said...

I don't use Thread Heaven very often, but I just hold the thread under my thumb on top of the Thread Heaven and pull the thread through. We accumulated lots of tvs, printers and computers waiting for a recycling event to come to our area. Finally got rid of it all this spring when a recycling event came to a nearby town and they allowed outsiders to bring items in. Sounds like Carole made the right decision regarding the gallbladder surgery. Praying that she'll be able to keep it controlled by diet.

Vera said...

Missy is beautiful!!

Maggee said...

Ditto to Vonna's lesson and ditto to Jacqueline's suggestion about the trash removal company. We had the SAME problem... no one wanted a 36" tube tv! It took two strong men plus my husband to get it downstairs and to the curb but it was gone the next day. Hugs!

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