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After my interview with Cheryl Frye of Homemade Hats, I became more interested in the obstacles of working with thread. (Cheryl is also a designer and avid crocheter. Her first ever doily was the following you can read more about HERE.)
Recently, she went on to work up the stunning Midnight Spiraled Web Doily by Crochet Memories you see below.
I decided to dig further for those who would like a first hand account from those who work with thread on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, they don’t just work with thread; they design with thread, too!
Who did I contact?
Here is a candid little conversation we had over Facebook. I didn’t really know where to begin with it because I do have experience with thread, but I was hoping to shed a little light on other aspects for those who don’t have prior knowledge.
Maybe we can start by discussing how to hold thread and keep it from tangling… maybe even equipment you use to see the teeny stitches.
Elizabeth Ann White:
“My favorite tip, and the one I always tell folks just starting out with thread is to wrap the thread around your pinkie finger at least once. Some threads (smaller than size 10 or with a slippery finish) need two or three wraps. My grandmother taught me this when I was first working with thread, and I actually did a post on my blog about it a few years ago: Such a Simple Thing: My Best Tip For Thread Crochet
Elizabeth Ann White continues:
“My second favorite tip is to place a contrasting color towel or pillowcase in your lap to help see the stitches better. If working with black thread, it is especially helpful to put a white towel in your lap.”
“Good ideas, Ann – I was just thinking that when working with black or dark colors, a light colored towel in your lap helps to see the stitches better.
I hold my thread a tad bit differently, where it’s looped around the little finger, under the three middle fingers and then over the index.
If one doesn’t have a ball holder for their thread, they can place it in a cloth lined basket. I use one for my projects quite often and place the thread inside and just work up a storm. When I stop, I can toss the instructions and hook into the basket with the project for safe keeping.”
For those who have trouble holding tinier hooks Cylinda has information on her site for that here: Helpful Tips & Hints
Here are some lovely designs from both of these wonderful women.
Find the more patterns featured in this roundup: 7 Free Beautiful Doily crochet patterns