Saturday, September 06, 2008

HDT help

Last time I unravelled a skein of hand dyed thread I ended up with a tangle that took me hours to sort out. Before I try again has anyone got any helpful suggestions as to how to go about it?
Thanks in advance.

7 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I used to loop mine over my feet and wind my skein around a toilet paper tube. Now I use Sherry Pence's method... I lay the skein out on a pillow. It works great!

Tattycat said...

The best way is to have someone put it around their hands and you pull it from there and wind it on whatever you have chosen. I haven't tried the pillow thing, but if it works for Sherry and Diane, it must be great! Let us know.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Hi Snowy,
Here is a link to my tutorial:
http://ladyshuttlemaker.blogspot.com/2008/03/unwinding-hand-dyed-tatting-threadmy.html

My first experience with unwinding a skein was also a nightmare.

Good luck!

Clyde said...

Hi Snowy,
Here is a link to my tutorial. http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/MLTDSPSRnxN_gCkIB880OSNRvonyCPRlRBEtU90iw4N6Go9exip_3Wb0zw7euDT0u5JQ5WDkmr2eegJ3M-QA9u1H7MgdjpPw/Skeins%20of%20Hand%20Dyed%20Threads
This is the method I use and I never end up with any knots.

TattingChic said...

I take the pillow a little further in the unwinding process. I unwind the hank of floss until it is a big loop and take that loop of wound thread around a small pillow and wind to a floss card from there. I have better luck with that than I do from lying it on a pillow.

snowy said...

Well, I've just returned from work, and straight onto the computer to see the suggestions. Thank you for your ideas, I think I will try Tattingchic's idea first, as it sounds the most cat and dog proof, (plus the inevitable phone call at just the wrong moment!) and I'll tell you how I got on tomorrow. BTW Sherry, has all the peach pandorea silk size 20 gone? Will there be more one day? (Or another Majolica shuttle?)

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