Feb 16, 2020

Narly Marly

Good grief.  My floche came in, without instructions.  I truly believe anyone who is beginning, suffering, or recovering from menopause, needs written instructions.  For everything.

I just assumed the arrow on the label shows the direction to pull as I do with floss.  Fugetaboutit.  I had no idea that this soft and easily shredded thread needed to be handled differently, gently, frustrating careful.

Here, from Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread, is the correct way to handle this thread.

It seems I always end up at this site, and I'm very grateful that she offers so much information and help.  Unfortunately, I searched for help only after the disaster.  After cutting it in half in an attempt to release the nest, the results were too long.  I need to shorten, half again would not work, and will lose even more of the hank.  I carefully tried to save the nest, but frustration took over and I reached for the lighter.  The same one that set many snarky projects to flame.  Mark stopped me and took over, then suggested scissors.

 Will there ever be a next time?  Not sure.  I haven't stitched with it, bought it mainly for Santa's beard and other Christmas designs to achieve better coverage.  Just like silk, it was snagging on my rough hands, and I'm not sure I like the feel of it.  But when stitching, it may be wonderful to use.  We'll see.  If I like it and want to order other colors, I will certainly get the smaller portion and not the narly hank.  The other #20 and #25 are in the usual skeins and feel more like standard DMC.

I always know when Petey is on the deck.

Hope your day is narly free!!



Ms Peppercorn said...

Look at them watching Petey. I love seeing this . Thank you.

C M Designs said...

I hate it when my DMC gets tangled in a bunch when I'm trying to pull some out. Sometime have to undo the whole skein to get it straight.
You have quite a line up of "watch kitties". I hope Petey is doing well.
Have a frustration free week.
Still no news.
Charlotte in Va.

Christi said...

I'm sorry your first experience with floche wasn't so great. It can be wonderful to work with. Vonna, aka 'The Twisted Stitcher', is working on a sal, using white floche. She talks about it briefly on her blog and more in-depth on FiberTalk. I really want to get a nice red to use for a Bristol Sampler.

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