Hand dyed threads are typically packaged in one of two ways: either looped over a hang tag or tied to one. I wish I would have had directions the first time I encountered the tied version… I bet I spent 10 minutes trying to untie the little knot before I gave up and reached for my scissors. If you are impatient like me, I recommend just clipping the thread on the skein side of the knot. Then you can untwist; you will be left with a solid (uncut) skein:
Skeins can be uncut or pre-cut into one-yard lengths. Either way, you’ll want to work with no more than 18″ at a time. With pre-cut skeins I just cut one length in half before separating into strands for stitching, with uncut skeins I cut off an 18″ (or so) length before separating into strands. To strand, tap the cut end until it splays and pull a single strand out at a time and then regroup int the number of number of strands needed. Trying to pull more than one strand at a time results in threads that just don’t lay as nicely.
When I use the skeins that are tied on to hang tags, I like to punch holes in the tags so I can loop-knot them for re-hanging. I keep my threads hanging in my closet– life is too short to do the bobbin winding thing. And if the threads are to be used for art/craft projects, they get tossed into a box:
I have a plan to create a blog page here that’s all about hand-dyed thread…I think it might be useful if there were a nice reference page available. I love exploring with thread colors and textures and it’s fun to share what I have learned, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I pepper this blog with thread-related postings in preparation for my reference page :)
simple pleasure: being able to run my fingers through so many beautiful threads