that is the question
It's true that strands seem to lie flatter if stripped and then combined for
most stitches especially if one is careful when laying down the stitch ;-) Is
there any advantage or reason to strip floss if one is going to do colonial or
french knots or bullions?
No. In fact, leaving those strands wound about each other, makes for a
bulkier "single" strand, which is what you may want. I never strip when
doing knots or bullions. However, I must admit that I try to use
bulkier thread rather than multiples of floss. But if that's not handy
or do-able, I don't strip cause I want the "bulk".
This is an interesting question to me, especially where good old-fashioned
floss is concerned. For some reason, the few times that I HAVE chosen to
strip the floss before threading it, I have had major coverage issues.
This was for a very long term petite-point project that may get finished
in my lifetime... it is on congress cloth. When I DON'T strip it, the
coverage is just fine.
I haven't tried this for knots of any kind, it seems to me that the
results may not be quite what we intend if we try this. I look forward to
see what other's experience has been.
Dianne Lewandowski said
The chunkier a knot is the better I like it ;-) An ongoing project is trying to
get my bullions more even, although most of the time I think the
'imperfections' add a lot of character to the design.
If you go to my forum you will find a conversation going on bullions,
with different people's perspectives based on how they were taught by
I have really come to the conclusion there is no "one way", nor "one
look". I know that for Brazilian embroidery there are certain
constraints. For instance, a certain type of rose made a special way.
However, if more free form work, with or without using rayon threads, I
agree that I enjoy the results of "less than perfection". :-) Indeed
when first introduced to bullions it was from a fiber artist whose
bullions were definitely not perfect (fat centers, skinny ends, no two
looked the same).