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Monday, July 21, 2008

Thread Requirements

No pictures this time. I am going to try and start giving thread requirements for items I tat, whether my design or someone else's. I get very frustrated, as I am sure all of you do, with leftover thread on the shuttle. Worse yet, running out of thread before I finish.

Clyde has given me permission to tell you how much thread I used on his Ray of Hope doily that I test tatted for him. I used approximately 78 yards of hand dyed thread in size 80 for this 9" diameter doily.

This was Yarnplayer's Rhubarb Pie hand dyed thread. I had one skein of the Rhubarb Pie, one skein each of solid dark pink and solid medium pink. I also had a set of six solids that were 12 yards each. Of course, I used all of some of it and had some left of the others.

Now, to the earrings by Nancy Tracy. In Flora with medium picots, I used 1 1/2 yards for each earring. In DMC it only took 1 yard, I guess because it is softer. I perfer the Flora as it has more body. Well really I prefer hand dyed thread all the time, but wouldn't we all? I will get around to making some in HDT. I might add that this is a great way to use up those bits of thread from previous projects. I have a zip lock bag full of "bits." I have made all of these earrings from the leftover bits.

I hope this helps.

5 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Laura, I would love to have thread requirements for all my tatting projects! I'm more frustrated by running out of thread, especially when I think I have enough HDT to finish a project and find that I don't.

snowy said...

I second Diane, I have started Beatrice with my 40 yds of thread, even though Pamela has warned me to estimate 50...my plan is to order some more, but I haven't yet! I hope she doesnt sell out.

Tattycat said...

Me too Diane. That is the worst.
Snowy, I hope you don't run out. That would be terrible after all of that work!

Jane Eborall said...

As I use Aero shuttles and always wind leftovers back onto the ball I never worry about lengths of thread needed. Perhaps I should, though!!!
JaneEb

Tattycat said...

Jane, I have been putting my leftovers in a little bag and I'm so glad I did. They are perfect for these earrings. Probably would be perfect for some of your earring patterns as well. Especially with the HDT, I like to know how much I need so I don't waste any more than I have to.