I've been finishing the hand work with heavier sewing threads. These are 12 weights. Aurifil makes them. Wonderfil does also. Regular sewing thread is 30 to 50 weight. These are much fatter and work well in place of 2 strands of DMC floss. They come on tangle-free spools/ Pictured above are the Wonderfil variegated 12 weight cottons.
I love to use sharp embroidery scissors with a CURVE only. I can clip nice and close to my work. Anytime I use straight embroidery snips, I poke or accidentally snip surrounding work & threads. I don't want that! So curved it is. The above snips are Singer brand, but cuticle scissors do the same fine job.
So the floor stand... lots of you ask about it. I bought this stand at Michaels. I think it was under $30. It's made by Frank A. Edmunds Co. It comes in a little pink box, and you put it all together on your own. It's full of adjustable joints, so it will nicely hold your work for you whether you are on the floor, sitting back on the sofa, or up in your favourite sewing chair. I love it. It's likely made for holding framed or hoops, but this works for me. My embroideries are heavily stabilized and since they are square, I find it odd to use a hoop. Plus - hands free embroidery means much easier knotwork. Incidentally, I put the screw posts upside down on purpose. When I stitch, my threads were getting caught on them as they are sooo long (see them poking up?). This way, they make great threadspool holders also.
|'Universal Craft Stand' - image from online catalogue|
The other question - 'isn't is painful to stitch through such touch fabrics?' Yes - if you are using the wrong needle. With a sharp needle of the right size, it's not a big deal. With the wrong needle, it's a nightmare.
Okay - back to stitching. Talk soon! : )