Remember my framing needle friend, Terri, whom I mentioned in my last post and who framed my Breakfast at Tiffany's piece?
Well, while I was at Terri's, we had to re-lace a certain section of the piece. Since Terri is a framer and an embroiderer, she tends to lace a LOT of needlework.
And she uses this nifty little spool holder that her Dad made to hold her lacing thread...
When lacing, I have always tried to guess the amount of thread I would need to lace a piece. Then I would reel off an estimated amount, usually yards long. I would cut the thread and then pull the entire length of the thread through the piece using big arm motions. Often, the thread would end up a tangled mess or get caught up on something despite my best efforts.
Enter Terri's little spool holder. Terri threads her needle and and begins lacing one side...when she reaches the other side, she ties off the thread and then goes back to tighten all the laces. Then you can cut the thread...exactly where you need to and there's very little tangling of thread and gnashing of teeth.
I've laced a lot of pieces in my life and I had never learned this method. Soo...maybe there's someone else out there besides me who might be helped by Terri's method.
Thanks to Terri and her Dad for the gift of my own lacing spool. I just used it today and it's a HUGE improvement over my old method.