Shiny Diva-Thread of Doom

Whoever invented shiny filamenty thread has a lot to answer for.

I’m working on a project that I talked about in one of my earlier posts.  It was originally a wedding present for one of my friends… it’s not done yet and they’ve now celebrated their 10th anniversary. So, you know, I’m awesome.

I’m not even 100% sure that they will even want it anymore, but one way or another, I’m going to finish it.  Even if it sits in a drawer somewhere forever.

It’s a beautiful piece.  I should definitely start by saying that.  It’s going to be very pretty when I’m finished.

partially complete cross stitch with birds and wedding bells

Here’s a terrible picture of it.

This is one of those pieces that really needs back-stitching in order to be able to see the definition between objects.  You get a general sense of what it’s supposed to look like, but it will look much better when I start outlining everything.

I’m very close to starting the outlining, I just have to finish the last bird, which brings me to the shiny thread.  Oh, the evil evil shiny thread. What you can’t tell very well from the previous picture is that both of these lovely birdies are stitched with one strand of regular floss and 2 strands of shiny thread.

closeup partially complete cross stitch with birds and wedding bells

You can see the shiny a little better here.

That doesn’t seem bad on the surface, but one strand of shiny thread is made up of about 15 smaller strands of shiny filament.  I do not generally have difficulty threading needles, but try threading a needle with 30 strands of teeny tiny filament and missing one stupid strand and then having to start all over again.  I’ve never owned a needle threader, but I seriously considered purchasing one just for this project.  In the end, I didn’t do it out of a stubborn sense of pride, because that’s totally cheating.

As annoying as the threading difficulties are, that’s not even the most annoying thing about this stuff.  After stitching for a while, one of the two strands of shiny thread starts to get shorter faster than the other strand and they both get shorter faster than the floss.

As you stitch you continually readjust your needle so that the tails of threads you’re not using yet don’t accidentally get stitched into the design. However, with this stuff, you reach a point where you can’t move the needle anymore without losing the short strand, but the long strand of floss is about to get sewn into the design, so you have to cut off the extra floss to keep going.

I am baffled by this.  How is it that this thread has its own set of rules?  Does it think it’s too good to abide by the laws of physics that all of the other threads seem to be able to follow.  Does it think it’s better than the other threads?

closeup partially complete cross stitch with birds and wedding bells

Kind of out of focus… I really did a terrible job with pictures this time around. You’d think I could do better since I haven’t updated this blog for like a year.

In all honesty, though, the shiny diva-thread, does look rather nice once you’ve managed to wrangle it onto the fabric.  But, will I ever do another design with shiny diva-thread?

No.  No I will not.

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