Kathy Holman continues her thoughts on use of threads, especially those novelty threads.
Now consider that you want to use the wonderful new thread in a diagonal stitch on 18 count, what do you do? Any thread that is too large to tent stitch on any given canvas size, can be used in a diagonal stitch by doubling the size of the stitch. Yes, this will distort the canvas under the stitch, but will look fine on the top of the canvas. Do we really care what happens below the stitching as long as it looks fabulous on the top? Of course not, it’s the finished product that counts. We adjust to create the look that we want.
Now, let’s look at the threads similar to the six strand embroidery floss. This encompasses any thread that can be separated into its component parts. One has to experiment with these threads, every stitcher has their own tension, and the number of strands needed to work a stitch will vary with each person. Generally we can say that:
On 14 count, 6-8 strands will be needed
On 28 count, 3-4 strands will be needed
On 24 count, 2 strands will be needed
On 30 count, 2 strands will be needed
On 40 count, 1 strand will be needed
The relationships are now:
If a thread works tent stitch on 24 count, it will take twice the amount to tent stitch in 18 count.
If a thread works tent stitch on 18 count, it will take twice the amount of thread to tent stitch on 14 count.
Always use a needle that is a bit bigger than the hole in the canvas. Canvas sizing will wear out your thread, so let the needle take the stress. #20 tapestry needles are easy to thread, and they keep your thread in good condition throughout the entire length.