Guest Author - Beverly Elrod
How horrible it can be, when you’re working on your favorite project and your threads are all tangled up; rolling across the floor or being dragged into the other room by your cat. This is never a good situation. Is there such a thing as a good way to keep everything under control so that tatting can, once again, be enjoyable? Absolutely! I’m going to share a couple of tips that I’ve used, over the years, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
First: Keeping threads off the floor/keeping them from rolling and becoming entangled.
1) If you’re only working with a couple of different colors, you may chose to simply store your threads in an open-topped craft bag, a box (which can also be used to store your tatting project-a great idea to help reduce pet hair and dust bunnies from clinging), a plastic container or even a laundry basket. Of course, your thread will still get twisted, but this will reduce the possibilities of ‘fluffy’ assuming that your balls of thread are her/his latest play toy.
Now, for the funny thing. When your threads get tangled, in this manner, all you have to do is to spin the container (on the floor or table), in the opposite direction of which they’ve twisted; thus, untangling your thread. Don’t mind the strange looks that your pets will give you while you do this.
2) If you have a special table/comfortable chair, which you use for crafting, you may devise a stand for placing your skeins of thread. This can be a flat board, with dowels spaced several inches apart and placed in pre-drilled holes on this flat board. Your thread balls can be placed on these dowels and will be held in place; keeping your threads untangled as you work.
As with almost anything else, organization is the key. If you can maintain the threads that you use in your projects, then you’ll be much happier with working on those things. So, I hope these hints will give you some ideas that you can use in your home and help to make your crafting more enjoyable. You may even be encouraged, by this article, to develop your own way of controlling the mediums you use in your crafting. And, you know what they say…if it works, use it!