To strip or not to strip

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?
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anne
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I think so. I think it looks neater that way. I suppose it might depend a bit on how many strands you were using.
Best wishes, Ericka
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Ericka Kammerer
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".
Dianne
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Dianne Lewandowski
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.
Catherine K.
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Catherine K.
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.
Reply to
anne
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 various teachers.
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).
Dianne
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Dianne Lewandowski

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