Tangles and Knots No More!

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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 …

Six strands of floss from a bobbin.

Six strands of floss from a bobbin.

A single strand of floss from a bobbin.

A single strand of floss from the six strands taken from the bobbin.

The same single strand after the "water treatment."

The same single strand after the “water treatment.”

Six strands of floss pulled from a skein.

Six strands of floss pulled from a skein.

A single strand of floss pulled from the six strands.

A single strand of floss pulled from the six strands which was pulled from the skein.

The same single strand after the "water treatment."

The same single strand after the “water treatment.”

I use a 35mm film canister stuffed with a sponge and filled with water. Any water-tight container will work.

I use a 35mm film canister stuffed with a sponge and filled with water. Any water-tight container will work.

I simply press lightly on the strand of floss as I run it under my thumb on the top of the sponge.

I simply press lightly on the strand of floss as I run it under my thumb on the top of the sponge.

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!

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