When you see a new thread, you should spend a little while learning about it. The first step is to look at the label. On thread labels you can learn
- the thread name
- the manufacturer (and sometimes the address as well)
- the amount in a package or skein
- the fiber content of the thread
- he color name and/or number
- the dyelot (sometimes)
- uses of the thread (sometimes)
This information is important and should be retained. If you transfer your thread to different packaging, be sure to retain this information. You’ll need this if you need to buy more of this thread.
Once you’ve looked at the packaging, look at the thread both in the package and on its own. Notice what type of thread it is (round, flat, or stranded) and, if you can tell, how many plies it has. If the thread has more than one shade in it, notice what type of coloring it is and how long the color run is. At this point, you might want to think about threads you already know that are similar in size. This will give you an idea of the mesh you can use it on.
You’ve got all the basic information, now it’s time to try it out. I used to make little squares, one of Tent and one of a decorative stitch, but I have so many canvases in my stash that now I test threads on one of the many small canvases I have. This allows me to see how the threads behave in the real world and whittles down my huge stash.
If you are keeping a notebook of threads, write all this down. Be sure to leave space for notes so you can write your own substitute threads, where you can find it, or other useful info.
This gives you’ll all the basic information you need to use the thread.
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