It is hot. Consequently, sewing in my room is near impossible since the room is upstairs with no air conditioning.
So I have been doing some hand work which I can do downstairs in my family room with a fan blowing a gentle breeze.
I am on block two.
So here is a neat trick I learned from my embroidery friends at the library. We meet twice a month-it is one of the rare times I see my next door neighbor.
I am doing the outline stitch but this trick also works on other stitches. It was originally taught to me when I was working on a cross stitch project.
The pattern calls for two strands of floss. Use only one strand but cut it twice as long as you normally use and fold it in half.
Put your needle through the loop and pull snugly but not too tight! Ta da! Your thread is secure on the back with no knots or threads to weave under. It is great for redwork because it eliminates any shadow from the threads showing on top.
Bring your need back to the top of your work and continue stitching.
When I finish a thread, I weave it through several stitches and then trim the thread closely.
The ladies at the library scrutinized the back of my work and said it looked “pretty good”. Let me tell you, that is a high compliment coming from them. They all do excellent work!