When starting with cross-stitching, all that you do is shape floss threads based on a fixed design. Of course, this is fine for beginners looking to master the craft. After a few cross stitch projects, though, you may want to take things a step further and differentiate your needlecraft. One good way to do this is to start using metallic floss threads in your work.
While you may have begun the project with a pattern and all the instructions and materials ready, it’s always possible to add a personal touch even to the most basic of cross stitch kits.
Here are a few ideas to get you started with metallic threads
Kreinik blending filaments work great for emphasising specific areas of your needlework. This is ideal when you want particular features to stand out like say, the rocks on a waterfall or add a sense of depth to your work. Metallic threads also work well for adding sparkle to objects when exposed to sunlight.
If you are keen on doing something a little more exciting, then you may want to try using glow-in-the-dark floss threads. These threads are sure to make your work stand out when viewed in the dark. This makes it perfect for needlework involving holiday celebrations like Halloween and Christmas.
The possibilities are endless, and you’re only truly limited by your creativity. The crucial thing is to have fun and take pleasure in the craft and while you are at it, take your work to the next level.
Just keep in mind that Kreinik threads are available in various types with each one suitable for a specific type of needlework. Hence, metallic threads and blending filaments that gave you excellent results in one project might not necessarily provide you with similar results in another project. Try them out and experiment up until you discover something to work with.
What you must know before using metallic floss threads
Many cross stitchers use metallic floss threads to add a personal touch to cross stitch kits and come up with something unique. That said, they are not the most comfortable floss threads to work with.
Consider the following before adding metallic floss threads to your arsenal:
- Needle experts often recommend that you use smaller stitches when working with metallic threads compared to your typical floss threads. If you’re having trouble stitching through a material, it helps to use a bigger sized needle.
- Stitch more slowly than you usually would particularly during the first few stitches. Doing so will help prevent the thread from knotting and twisting.
- If your metallic threads become twisted, you can fix it by running the thread across a wet sponge. This will make it easier for you to untwist the strand.
- Don’t iron metal floss threads directly as you might end up ruining your work. The metallic elements on the thread can heat up fairly quickly so if you must iron your work, put a towel or a thin piece of cloth between the material.