Friday, July 2, 2010

Rediscovering size 10 thread and a new use for our discarded projects

I have some projects I want to do for my daughters for which I will need to use size 10 thread. Since I haven't used that size in years and I've got to wait on the mail to get the thread I need for those projects, I decided to pull out what size 10 I have and get reacquainted with it. This Kersti Anear's Stumpy Bookmark is done in an unknown brand of bedspread weight variegated yellow. I didn't like the thickness of the tassel in my book, so I just attached a string with a ring on either end. I had to remember to keep my tension looser than usual and I ran out of thread on my shuttle about 2/3 of the way through. What shuttles do those of you who use size 10 thread usually use?

Charlotte 'Heart' South Carolina responded to my last post with news about a group that collects their snippets of thread and ditched efforts and displays them through their blogs. I'm not describing it very well, but Charlotte gave some links in her comment where you can get more information about TuSAL. It sounds like a fun way to handle those UFO's we don't really want to finish as well as the usual discards. I'm looking for a good jar or vase I can enjoy filling up.

I've found my jar - a Planter's Peanuts jar with a lid to protect the collection from our labs. I've also placed a link in my sidebar in case any of you want to check it out as well.


Charlene ♥ SC said...

Welcome to the club! It's a fun way to discard...I have one of those jars - never thought of using him this way!!

BSOTF said...

That bookmark looks good no matter what. As for UFO's well, I'm one who has alot of them. However you can use them to make unbelieving things with them. I don't throw them out. Cause they do have alot of good use. IF you make a mistake, you can use it to make sure you don't do it again in that spot too.

TypsTatting said...

Love the bookmark, I dont like tatting with size ten thread I find it too thick!

Eliz (tatknot) said...

Thanks, Charlene. I'm having fun with it.

I agree, BSOTF. I save lots of odd shaped bits and pieces because I might find a use for them. If I'm too discouraged with part of a piece though, I just cut out sections so I can save other sections. The cut pieces aren't going to be good for anything.

Thanks, TypsTatting. I think it will be a very durable bookmark--perhaps a good choice for my college textbooks this fall. I can't say that I'm enjoying the size and feel of this large thread yet. It feels very awkward after working with smaller sizes. However, it does tat up quickly which is a nice bonus.