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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Embroidery 101: Extra Thread

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Especially when using a thread for a small number of stitches, it is not uncommon to have enough extra to use for another portion of the project.  There are probably several solutions to this problem, so I thought I'd share what works for me.

Use a scrap of fabric, anything will do.  Mine is 5" x 2 1/2", which is easy to store, and seems plenty large enough.  Then just stitch a few large stitches with the excess thread {double back if necessary} and let the ends hang loose.  Keep this with your other embroidery supplies and you'll find you waste less thread {at least I waste less!}.


Hope this little tip is helpful, I'm glad not to have as many loose threads floating around my embroidery box any more.


  1. This is so darn clever! I've embroidered since I was a little child! I wish I would have had this tip 40 years ago! brilliant! Thanks so much!

  2. Wow! What a simple, clever, clever idea! Thank you! Toni

  3. Yes, I'm on my way to gather my threads!

  4. Wow, this is such a great idea! Better than balling them all up like a rubber band ball.

  5. What a great idea! I never would have thought to do that! I just keep a pile of them or loop them through my skein of thread. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Thanks for the great idea for saving thread. I alwasy struggle with that and usually end up tying it to the skein that I took it from. When you use your idea, you could also write the color # below it, if colors were very similar. Thanks again...

  7. That is a great idea. So simple yet a big dah for not thinking of it myself. Thank you.


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