HNW - Colorfast Silk Thread

Linn Skinner skinner02 at
Tue May 9 09:30:02 PDT 2000

Okay - mounting "soapbox"<G>

Please do not wax threads except for strength.  We wax soft string to shape
it for padding up metallic embroidery.  We wax silk threads if they are to
be used in applying purls (metals cut thread).

Don't wet silks.  If you have trouble with rayons try warming them to get
some of the kinks out.  I sometimes pass them over a very low wattage light

Don't use anything with a soap base to wash embroidery - it leaves a scum.
Use a detergent based product and rinse 4 times (once in tap water and a
further 3 times in distilled water)

Don't blot rinsed embroidery in a "clean" towel.  The towel is full of tap
water and laundry product junk.  Squeeze it gently and lay out on a piece of
clean glass (rinsed with distilled water) face up spreading gently to smooth
it.  It will often dry amost wrinkle free.

Stepping down from box<G>
----- Original Message -----
From: <Noramunro at>
To: <H-Needlework at>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: HNW - Colorfast Silk Thread

> In a message dated 5/8/100 11:33:21 PM GMT, BIackwork at writes:
> > What about waxing?  I had an instructor years ago who recommended it.
> That's a new one on me.  I've heard of waxing threads when strength is
> desired -- sewing buttons, for instance -- but not for embroidery.  I
> think that the beeswax would affect the sheen of the thread .  The whole
> point of rayon and silk flosses is the way they catch the light.  Water
> evaporate and leave the thread pretty much as it was, but wax would be
> to wash out.
> Linn?  Ever heard of this one?  Is there a good reason to wax embroidery
> threads?
> Stephanie/Alianora
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