First up, a massive thank you for all your sweet comments over the last week! They warm my heart. The Cross Stitch Community really is a friendly place.
I have been cross stitching for years (since I was a wee girl) and I learnt something a few months ago from a Bothy Threads Cut Thru' kit. I didn't expect this. One seems to think that one knows everything after they have been doing it for a while. The kit taught me that I can start a two-stranded thread with the loop method. I am going to share it with you here. It has really quickened the pace I can start a thread so I encourage you to give it a go.
I have made a YouTube video to watch or follow the photo instructions below:
1. Firstly, cut your thread length to about 24 inches (60cm) long. Pull out one strand of thread to use. Fold your strand in half. There will be two cut ends at one end and a loop at the end. Thread your needle onto the cut ends so the loop is at the opposite end of the needle.
|Here is the cut thread prior to threading the needle. I will thread the needle onto the cut ends.|
2. Bring your needle from the back of the fabric into the hole you are starting your cross stitch. Do not pull your thread all of the way through. Leave the loop part of the thread at the back of the fabric.
|This is the right side of the fabric. I have put my needle in the first hole of the cross stitch from the wrong side of the fabric leaving the loop at the back.|
|Here is a picture of me making my first diagonal stitch from the right side and bringing the needle through to the wrong side at the back.|
|I am pushing the needle through the loop on the wrong side of the fabric after the first diagonal stitch.|
|I have pulled the thread through the loop here at the wrong side of the fabric so the thread is locked.|
There are two scenarios I can think of where this method will NOT be suitable:
a. if your threads are pre-cut to a shorter length
or b. if you have to blend thread colours to form two strands.
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