Do you dread using silk that comes packaged in skeins?
I did until I learned the secret to opening them. In a new YouTube from The Royal School of Needlework, you’ll see how to do it.
My one problem with these pretty braids you get with the RSN method is that it doesn’t preserve and keep handy the thread label. I’ve needed it far too often. I do use this method to cut my silk though.
Instead of braiding these days I pop the cut skein and the label in a flossaway bag.
But you could use thread tags and braids. Begin by transferring the label information to the tag, then cut the silk. Loop the silk around the hole in the tag and pull the ends through the loop, making a Lark’s Head Knot.
Now divide, braid, and bind. If you don’t want to braid, you can just leave the ends free after making the knot.
The other thing I love about both these methods is that I can immediately store the unused strands and not lose track of them.