This is the easiest, cheapest, and safest way to just about eliminate tangles and knots as you stitch.
Whether you store your floss on bobbins or carefully pull a length from a skein, the fiber will have bends and creases and this is the root cause of tangles and knots.
The secret is a bit of water.
Here it is in pictures …
Two tips from my many mistakes over the years:
1. Even if you are SURE the container is water-tight, put it in a separate plastic bag before you store it near your needlework or chart. Just in case it leaks. Like mine did when it was in a tote bag with a cardboard portfolio holding my working chart-in-progress … an orange cardboard portfolio. Which of course left an orange spot on my linen. Not near the edge. Crying did not help. But I did eventually get the stain out. That’s another story.
2. At some point the sponge may develop some mold. Not good. So let it dry out every once in a while or swap out the sponge.
And one other thing … the floss does not have to be wet when you stitch with it. If it dries out but is still straight, go with it.
Oh, and another thing … I have used this method of preventing tangles on over-dyed floss and silk. Call me crazy but I did. No problems with dye running or fibers shrinking or any other nightmare. With that said, follow my tip at your own risk!
Now go take just one more stitch!
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