Amy's Wednesday Wisdom
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28 Nov 2012
I read a lot of articles on the web about using micron pigma pens to mark needlepoint canvas. I am having no luck with it, they are smearing even when I let them dry overnight. Should I have bought something else?
23 Nov 2012
How does one determine if it is better to match the beading thread to the thread behind the bead or to the bead itself?
14 Nov 2012
What is the difference between the stitches Alicia's Lace and T-Stitch? The diagrams look like one is used diagonally while the other is horizontal. Is the end result the same?
07 Nov 2012
I would like to get more confident with my own decisions and learn how to develop my own stitch guides. As a professional who is known for creative and beautiful stitch guides, do you have any suggestions or guidelines to get me started down that creative road?
31 Oct 2012
I’m having trouble with my right hand becoming sore and even painful if I stitch too long, and even trouble with my elbow and arm. But I would love to know if you or other stitchers have any ideas for relief or prevention.
24 Oct 2012
What can I do to eliminate the musty smell from some of my stored unstitched canvases?
17 Oct 2012
What can you do to keep your thread from twisting when stitching?
10 Oct 2012
Help!!! I am working on a SMU belt for my son and the background is taking FOREVER. I am doing basket weave stitch and I am getting sooo bored! Is there any other stitch that can be done and not make it look to feminine?
03 Oct 2012
When stitching a shaded item is it better to treat the small shaded spots separate and apart from the rest of the cap, or try to basketweave the whole cap, starting and stopping the two colors as the stitches cover?
26 Sep 2012
Is it better to stitch light colors first, or dark colors first, all other things being equal? I am coming from a lint from one color or another perspective.
19 Sep 2012
Please explain why there are so many different kinds of laying tools. Should I be using a particular type (i.e. wood, glass, BLT and sharp vs. blunt) for different threads?
12 Sep 2012
Think Before you Speak or “not so wise” Wednesday Wisdom...
05 Sep 2012
How does one best estimate how much thread is needed for a particular area of a canvas?
29 Aug 2012
How do I choose a border pattern that will fit exactly around my picture or saying?
22 Aug 2012
I get lost in working Composite Stitches are there any tricks to working them?
15 Aug 2012
When I stitch with light-colored threads, streaks appear in the stitching. My hands are clean and the thread is from the same skein. What is happening?
07 Aug 2012
What is the best way to put a canvas onto stretcher bars to keep it as taut as possible?
01 Aug 2012
Of all the silk threads on the market, the one I most like but have the most trouble finding is good old Au Ver A Soie (Soie D'Alger). Does it have particular characteristics that designers or shop owners tend to avoid?
25 Jul 2012
How do you store and/or organize needles after they are out of the original packaging so that you know what size they are?
18 Jul 2012
How do I make certain that my results on each canvas are perfect, taut, and attractive? Often, once I have a piece mounted, I find a spot here or there that is not quite expert.
11 Jul 2012
About how much time should I devote per day in order to finish the about 20 "to be done" projects I have on my shelves?
04 Jul 2012
If I could only buy three stitch guides or needlepoint books, which would you recommend for a beginner who usually does basket weave only?
27 Jun 2012
Going back to the "Glass vs. NO Glass" issue, a subsidiary question is IF glass is being used for a framed piece or tray, what kind of glass should be used?
20 Jun 2012
Is there a trick that will help to figure out the compensation of composite or woven stitches?
13 Jun 2012
What is the best way to store your seasonal needlepoint, like ornaments and stockings?
06 Jun 2012
What is the best way to stop people from touching my needlepoint?
30 May 2012
How do you make a raised spider with a ribbon thread like Fyre Werks or Neon Rays? How do you keep it from bunching up rather than building smoothly?
23 May 2012
Thread Organization Pt. V
16 May 2012
Thread Organization Pt. IV
09 May 2012
Thread Organization Pt. III
02 May 2012
Thread Organization Pt. II
25 Apr 2012
After each of my needlepoint projects is completed, there are always leftover threads. What are some clever ways to keep all of them organized? How do you keep your own stash organized? Do you eventually throw some of the thread away? What is the proper way to store threads long term? And why is it that no matter how much thread I have squirreled away, each new project requires even more and different thread than I have?
18 Apr 2012
So you are stitching along and have used up all your thread. Now you have to reorder. The dye lot is not the same. Do you have to unstitch some to blend in the new thread? Any other ways to add the new thread without undoing what you have already done?
11 Apr 2012
What is the difference between variegated and overdyed? How do you prevent stripes when working?
04 Apr 2012
I love how rayon threads like Neon Rays look on a canvas but HATE using them. What hints do you have to make me more comfortable with all the shredding and separating and floating etc. etc. etc.?
28 Mar 2012
What do you do if you inadvertently cut through your canvas as you are trimming threads? Repair advice please!
21 Mar 2012
Do you need to add extra rows around your needlepoint before framing?
14 Mar 2012
When you have your needlepoint framed, glass or no glass? I've heard both so please clear up my confusion.
07 Mar 2012
What is the difference in canvas mesh sizes? Is there much difference between #13 mesh and #14 mesh?