10 February 2016


Now having spent days playing with Eda's threads I decided that I needed a change. Still haven't decided what I'm going to do in tatting as my next project!!!!!

This time I'm using HWT threads. Now, anybody who's just got into tatting may ask 'what the heck are HWT threads'. Well sit back and I'll tell you!!!

The answer is simple - it's Hand Wound Thread and in my opinion, gives a much subtler variegated thread than a lot of the 'normally' variegated ones. Sewing thread is what I've used for the two motifs below although any threads can be used and even different thicknesses.   

I take a plain colour and a variegated one and then I wind them TOGETHER onto the shuttles. There is a certain 'skill' to this although it really is simple. The way I do it is to hold the two threads together.  The knack is to make sure you hold the threads firmly while winding so that they wind onto the shuttle without leaving any slack in either thread. The effect this gives is stunning. I love playing with HWT!!!!


Maureen said...

And it opens up a whole new source of gorgeous colours, doesn't it! - the only thing is the picots, do the threads unwind themselves at that point?

Pigmini said...

Ok... where do you find variegated sewing thread?? Loves the hearts!!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Lovely color combos! I haven't worked with HWT in a bit. Maybe it's time to try again!

Jane Eborall said...

Not really, Maureen. They may slightly but not enough to worry me!!! I'm working a bookmark with the same combination at the moment and the two threads are sticking well together.

Jane Eborall said...

I got my first 'lot' in the UK but others from the USA. Try the local haberdashery shops as I think Guiterman do a range of variegated sewing threads.

God's Kid said...

They look great!!! :) The first reminds me of early spring and the second one make me think autumn! :)

Madtatter80 said...

Well these pictures are a real sell for HWT threads. I have only done this with same color threads when needed larger size thread boring huh :) Love the heart pattern too!

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