If you’ve been needlepointing a long time, as I have, you probably often think thread can be restitched often and that it wears like iron.
We inherited that from stitching with wool on large mesh canvas.
I did discover that wool could wear thin the first time I tried to stitch with one strand of Paternayan. That also taught me about old Paternayan’s different thread widths.
But I also remember being told that you couldn’t restitch with pearl cotton. That’s because it loses it’s sheen when frogged.
I also noticed that sometimes metallic finishes wear off at the needle’s eye and that the fuzz on velour threads, such as Very Velvet wear off.
As a result I’ve learned the hard way that threads wear. Even if you improve nothing else in your needlepoint, avoiding excessive wear on your threads will improve the look of every bit of your stitching.
But don’t take my word for it. Read Joni Stevenson’s great post about thread wear. You’ll learn lots of tips on how to prevent thread wear and see exactly why Watercolours can show greater wear.
Everyone can find some great tips here!